Charity pay packet of Prince Charles' closest aide paid to his company

Charity pay packet of Prince Charles' closest aide paid to his company

September 11, 2021

Charity pay packet of Prince Charles’ closest aide Michael Fawcett is paid to the former valet’s catering company – avoiding payroll tax

  • Dumfries House charity paid £311,000 to Michael Fawcett’s hospitality company
  • Money was for his role as the charity’s executive director and company services 
  • Premier Mode was separately paid more than £300,000 by the charity  

The charity pay packet of Prince Charles’s closest aide was paid for three years into the former valet’s catering company – avoiding the need to shell out on payroll taxes.

The Dumfries House charity paid £311,000 into Michael Fawcett’s events hospitality company Premier Mode Ltd between 2015 and 2018, according to an analysis of its accounts. 

The money was for his role as the charity’s executive director and for services provided by his company. Premier Mode was separately paid more than £300,000 by the charity over the same period for organising events.

The Dumfries House charity paid £311,000 into Michael Fawcett’s (pictured) events hospitality company Premier Mode Ltd between 2015 and 2018, according to an analysis of its accounts

Ministers have launched a series of crackdowns on schemes in which bosses’ salaries and fees are paid into private companies to reduce income tax and National Insurance payments.

The Prince’s Foundation – the new name for the Dumfries House charity – may now face questions about why these funds were paid ‘off payroll’ to Mr Fawcett. There is no suggestion the arrangement was in breach of tax laws.

Graham Smith of Republic, which campaigns for the abolition of the monarchy, said: ‘This looks like a questionable arrangement. 

‘We need to be told how much money was paid to this company, how much tax was paid and who made the decision to make these payments.’ 

The Prince’s Foundation – the new name for the Dumfries House charity – may now face questions about why these funds were paid ‘off payroll’ to Mr Fawcett

Between 2015 and 2018, the charity made payments of £173,000 to Premier Mode ‘with respect to the Executive Director’s role within the Trust’ and £138,000 for services provided by the company.

It also paid £18,170 to a filming company between 2015 and 2018 where Mr Fawcett’s son Oliver is a director.

The charity and Mr Fawcett declined to comment but a source said that the accounts were independently audited and published each year.

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