Fixer at heart of royal cash-for-access scandal hasn't been questioned

Fixer at heart of royal cash-for-access scandal hasn't been questioned

11/06/2021

Fixer at the heart of Prince Charles’ cash-for-access charity scandal reveals he hasn’t been questioned yet by investigators

  • Michael Wynne-Parker acted as a middleman for the Prince’s Foundation
  • He offered to set up dinners and overnight stay with Charles at Dumfries House in exchange for six-figure donations to help restore 18th Century mansion
  • After MoS exposed the grubby deals, the charity announced an independent inquiry and said they had ceased working with Mr Wynne-Parker and William Bortrick, the editor of Burke’s Peerage who was receiving the payments
  • Two months later, there is still no sign of the report; Mr Wynne-Parker last night said he has not been questioned by forensic accountants

The society fixer at the heart of the Prince Charles cash-for-access charity scandal has revealed that he has still not been interviewed by investigators.

Michael Wynne-Parker acted as a middleman for the Prince’s Foundation, offering to set up dinners and an overnight stay with Charles at Dumfries House in exchange for six-figure donations to help restore the 18th Century Ayrshire mansion.

After The Mail on Sunday exposed the grubby deals, the charity announced an independent inquiry and said they had ceased working with Mr Wynne-Parker and William Bortrick, the editor of Burke’s Peerage who was receiving the payments.

But two months later, there is still no sign of the report and Mr Wynne-Parker last night said he has not been questioned by forensic accountants tasked with unearthing the truth.

The society fixer at the heart of the Prince Charles cash-for-access charity scandal has revealed that he has still not been interviewed by investigators. Michael Wynne-Parker (above) acted as a middleman for the Prince’s Foundation, offering to set up dinners and an overnight stay with Charles at Dumfries House in exchange for six-figure donations to help restore the 18th Century Ayrshire mansion

Meanwhile, Mr Wynne-Parker (right) and his business partner Volha Havorchanka (also pictured, with her husband, Anatoly, left), a Belarusian investment banker, have applied to have their PR firm Introcom Ltd, struck off the Companies House register. Ms Havorchanka, a Belarusian investment banker, has denied any knowledge of the fundraising scheme and did not respond to a request for comment

‘I’m not surprised I haven’t been questioned. I am an innocent person,’ he said. ‘Over a ten-year period I raised millions of pounds for Dumfries House through my connections.

‘I’m very proud of what I’ve done. I know it is greatly acknowledged by the Prince of Wales. Certain events happened with slightly less morally motivated persons who entered the scene and finally disrupted it, totally.’

In August, this newspaper published an email written by Mr Wynne-Parker in which he outlined ‘practical steps’ that wealthy donors could take to secure dinner with Charles.

The MoS has revealed a letter from Michael Fawcett (above), Charles’s right-hand man and chief executive of the Prince’s Foundation, to a Saudi donor offering to help secure him a knighthood in light of his ‘generous’ donations to the charity

In exchange for a suggested sum of £100,000, guests would be greeted by the Prince ‘with conversation and photographer’ followed by a black tie dinner with the heir to the throne.

At the time, Douglas Connell, the foundation’s chairman, said: ‘Following publication of an initial allegation relating to ‘middlemen’ and donors, the trustees instigated a full and rigorous investigation with the assistance of forensic accountants from one of the ‘big four’ accountancy firms.’

The MoS then revealed a letter from Michael Fawcett, Charles’s right-hand man and chief executive of the Prince’s Foundation, to a Saudi donor offering to help secure him a knighthood in light of his ‘generous’ donations to the charity. 

Above, Michael Fawcett (left) with Prince Charles and Camilla at Ascot Racecourse in 2018

Mr Fawcett agreed to ‘temporarily step back’ from his role, as did Chris Martin, the charity’s executive director of development. Mr Connell has since resigned.

A source close to the foundation said: ‘We had hoped this would all be done and dusted by now, but that’s not the case.’ 

The delay is thought to be due to the complexity of the investigation and the number of documents, including hundreds of emails, that need to be examined.

Meanwhile, Mr Wynne-Parker and his business partner Volha Havorchanka, a Belarusian investment banker, have applied to have their PR firm Introcom Ltd, struck off the Companies House register.

Ms Havorchanka, a Belarusian investment banker, has denied any knowledge of the fundraising scheme and did not respond to a request for comment.

According to documents filed at Companies House, Introcom’s assets have shrunk from £27,917 to a little over £1,000 in the past year.

Mr Wynne-Parker, who maintains another company called Introcom International, said the firm was being closed ‘simply because it was not profitable’.

Mr Bortrick did not respond to a request for comment and the Prince’s Foundation declined to comment while the investigation was ongoing.

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