‘Cash for favors’ royal castle clears all names from website, including Prince Charles’ Saudi donor

Royal ‘cash for favors’ castle clears all names from VIP list on website, including controversial Saudi donor Prince Charles

  • Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz has been removed from the castle site
  • A major donor to Prince Charles’ charities, he had been listed as the main patron
  • The list of honorary patrons had been displayed on the site for many years

Panicked courtiers have erased the names of all charitable donors from the Chateau de Mey website to weather the royal ‘cash for favors’ storm.

The name of the Saudi tycoon at the center of the controversy, Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz, has been removed from the castle’s website.

A major donor to Prince Charles’ charities, he had been listed as the top honorary patron, along with a biography.

But Mahfouz has now been removed from the ‘friends and patrons’ section, along with broadcasters Alan Titchmarsh and Ken Bruce, as well as actress Susan Hampshire.

The list of honorary patrons had been posted on the site for many years.

The name of the Saudi tycoon at the center of the controversy, Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz (pictured right with Prince Charles), has been removed from the castle’s website

In 2015 it was revealed that an area near the castle had been renamed Mahfouz Wood in his honor after he reportedly donated £370,000 towards the restoration of the castle.

The names of Mahfouz, his father and his four brothers were also to appear in the castle gardens.

It is unlikely that such a move would have taken place without Charles’s approval, given the level of his personal interest in the castle.

Mahfouz is believed to have already offered to pay half the then estimated £300,000 cost to replace or repair all 93 windows in the property.

Castle Mey, on the north coast of Scotland, belonged to the Queen Mother and is where Charles stays for a week each August.

Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, visiting the Granary Lodging at Castle Mey with Lord Thurso (left) and Michael Fawcett (right)

Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, visiting the Granary Lodging at Castle Mey with Lord Thurso (left) and Michael Fawcett (right)

Mahfouz has now been removed from the section

Mahfouz has now been removed from the ‘friends and patrons’ section, along with broadcasters Alan Titchmarsh (centre) and Ken Bruce, as well as actress Susan Hampshire.

Last November, Mahfouz was dropped as an honorary patron, but was later reinstated.

A spokesman for the Prince’s Foundation, a group for Charles’ charitable interests, including Castle Mey, blamed “human error involving a junior member of Castle Mey staff updating the website”.

Charles’ assistant Michael Fawcett has resigned as the Foundation’s chief executive amid allegations he used his influence to help secure a gong for Mahfouz, who was awarded an honorary CBE in 2016.

The foundation said it was investigating. Last night, a spokesperson declined to comment.

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