Prince Charles 'won't be outspoken' as king says expert
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The heir to the throne has asked his ethics watchdogs to examine whether society fixers made a fortune setting up the get-together. Charles, 72, is understood to be mortified at the implication that a private audience with him could he hawked around to the super-rich. And his foundation is treating the allegations “very seriously”.
Details of the royal access deal are contained in an email sent by a businessman Michael Wynne-Parker to a would-be donor to the charity.
Mr Wynne-Parker runs Intracom International, arranging introductions for clients to influential people.
His email sets out in 14 bullet points that for £100,000, the donor and a guest could visit Dumfries House, Charles’ Palladian mansion in Ayrshire for the evening.
He says they would be taken there in a royal car, tour the 18th century house and gardens, assemble for drinks and meet Charles. Mr Wynne-Parker adds: “HRH greets each guest individually.” He also describes a black-tie dinner and a piano recital.
The businessman also promises a stronger relationship with Charles, such as a place on future guest lists.
But the Prince has severed ties with Mr Wynne-Parker, whose company boasts on its website “who you know” is usually more important than “what you know”.
Mr Wynne-Parker said in the email from November 2019 he would get five per cent of the fee. He also says, funds would be paid into the account of gentry guide Burke’s Peerage, whose editor William Bortrick is named as being involved. And that another “fixer” receives 20 percent.
A Prince’s Foundation spokesman said it would no longer work with Mr Wynne-Parker or Mr Bortrick.
He added: “We were not aware of any financial gain being sought by these individuals, whom we have never paid, and have ceased our relationship with these individuals.”
Mr Wynne-Parker insisted it was “normal practice” for intermediaries to be paid a commission for facilitating charitable donations. He said he was advised funds being paid into the Burke’s Peerage account “was the vehicle” and “often happens”.
Mr Bortrick denied impropriety and of having any “business arrangement” with Mr Wynne-Parker. He added: “I’d have hit the roof because it’s completely inappropriate.”
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