Donors paid a great fee to meet Charles, according to the Queen’s heir.
PRINCE Charles has launched a “pay for access” investigation into allegations that charity supporters paid £100,000 for a lavish meal with him and an overnight stay at his Scottish home.
The heir to the throne has requested his ethics watchdogs to investigate if society fixers made a mistake in arranging the gathering. The suggestion that a private encounter with Charles, 72, may be hawked around to the super-rich has Charles appalled. And the claims are being taken “extremely seriously” by his foundation.
An email sent by businessman Michael Wynne-Parker to a potential donor to the organization contains details of the royal access agreement.
Intracom International is operated by Mr Wynne-Parker, who arranges introductions for clients to powerful persons.
In 14 bullet points, his email states that for £100,000, the donor and a friend might spend the evening at Dumfries House, Charles’ Palladian estate in Ayrshire.
He claims they’ll be driven there in a royal car, given a tour of the 18th-century home and gardens, gathered for drinks, and introduced to Charles. “HRH meets each guest individually,” Mr Wynne-Parker continues. A black-tie dinner and a piano recital are also mentioned.
The billionaire also promises Charles a better connection, including a spot on future guest lists.
The Prince, on the other hand, has cut relations with Mr Wynne-Parker, whose firm boasts on its website that “who you know” is often more essential than “what you know.”
Mr Wynne-Parker stated in the email that he would receive 5% of the fee starting in November 2019. Funds would also be paid into the account of gentry handbook Burke’s Peerage, whose editor William Bortrick is listed as being involved, according to him. And again another “fixer” will be paid 20%.
Mr Wynne-Parker and Mr Bortrick will no longer be working with the Prince’s Foundation, according to a spokeswoman.
“We were not aware of any financial advantage being sought by these individuals, whom we have never paid, and we have terminated our engagement with these persons,” he continued.
Mr Wynne-Parker argued that paying intermediaries a commission for enabling charitable donations was “standard business.” He was told that money placed into the Burke’s Peerage account “was the vehicle” and that it “frequently occurred.”
Mr Bortrick denied any wrongdoing and that he and Mr Wynne-Parker had a “commercial arrangement.” “I would have hit the ceiling because it’s utterly inappropriate,” he added.