Thursday, March 13
Charles's top aide quits after inquiry into perks and gifts
Warren Hoge, The New York Times, March 14, 2003
LONDON-- The closest aide to Charles, Prince of Wales, resigned Thursday after publication of an official report into allegations of royal intervention in the trial of the former butler of Diana, Princess of Wales, and charges that members of the prince's staff peddled gifts and covered up a sex scandal within the royal household.
Michael Fawcett, 40, whom the heir to the throne had once called the "indispensable" member of his courtly retinue but whom rivals in St. James's Palace called "Fawcett the Fence," quit after he was found to have bent palace rules and accepted valuable perks and hospitality. [...]