His critics would have expected that, after resigning as chief executive of The Prince’s Foundation amid the so-called ‘money for honours’ affair, Michael Fawcett would retire from business.
But Fawcett, 60, who began his career in the royal service as a footman at Buckingham Palace, is made of tougher stuff. I can reveal that, far from closing shop, he and his wife, Debbie, a former Palace maid, intend to maintain and expand their hospitality business.
‘They will get through this challenging time. They have to…financially speaking,” a guest who attended parties Fawcett orchestrated and oversaw as then-Prince Charles’ right-hand man tells me.
“Every event I’ve been to that Michael Fawcett has organized has been flawless,” adds my insider. ‘His attention to detail is second to none. Beautifully arranged. That is why the King, as Prince of Wales, used it.
The Fawcetts have resisted cutting staff at Premier Mode, the events company they established 16 years ago.
Encouraged by this support, the Fawcetts have resisted cutting staff at Premier Mode, the events company they established 16 years ago. Although the firm suffered when Fawcett resigned from The Prince’s Foundation last year, it is still worth £80,000, even after allowing payment of invoices totaling £126,000, according to figures just published in Companies House.
There has been only one change to the company’s setup: The couple’s son Oliver, 26, who, like his sister Emily, 28, became a director in 2018, has stepped down. But it’s still a family affair, with Fawcett as the majority shareholder.
Fawcett’s position as Charles’ aide had become untenable following claims that he had offered to try to secure a knighthood and British citizenship for Saudi tycoon Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz, who ultimately donated more than $1.5 million. of sterling to royal charities, including the Prince’s Trust.
Separate turkeys for the Jaggers?
Bianca Jagger, 71, said she normally spends Christmas away from her 51-year-old daughter Jade, whom she shares with rock star Sir Mick Jagger.
It was very much a case of Paint It Black for two of the women in Sir Mick Jagger’s life. The Rolling Stone’s ex-wife Bianca and her only daughter Jade wore dark outfits to a party celebrating the latter’s jewelery range at The Savoy hotel in London.
Model turned human rights activist Bianca, 77, opted for a long black leather trench coat, while designer Jade, 51, kept it simple in a little black dress that she styled with some of her best jewelry. .
It remains to be seen if the couple will spend Christmas together, with Bianca telling me: “I look forward to seeing my daughter, but I usually spend Christmas in London with friends.”
The departure of aristocratic TV chef Gizzi Erskine appears to have led to the closure of the restaurant she co-founded last year with Libertines musician Carl Barat in Margate, Kent.
She resigned in July as executive chef at the Love Cafe, explaining that it was becoming something she was “not entirely happy with.”
The place, which opened with the promise of being a “sandwich bar on steroids,” is now “permanently closed” and back on the rental market.
Harry strikes a discordant note for comic Frank
Prince Harry poses with a guitar in a trailer for his reality show with Meghan (pictured), but Frank Skinner isn’t convinced.
“The chord he’s playing is one I’ve never seen before,” says the comedian. ‘Then Buzz, my son, who is ten years old, said, ‘Wait a minute…’.
Prince Harry appears in the Netflix trailer for the documentary that will hit screens this morning.
‘He got our guitar and we froze frame and it struck a chord. It was the ugliest sound.
Adds Skinner: “I wonder if maybe Harry is trying to act out the discord they endured at the Palace. But I think more likely he was trying to pretend he could play the guitar in a weird way like Owl And The Pussy-Cat.” .
She’s just signed up for another six episodes of the BBC sitcom Here We Go, but what Alison Steadman really wants is to return to the role of Pamela Shipman on Gavin & Stacey.
And he’s even asked the show’s creators, James Corden and Ruth Jones, to write a few more episodes. “I didn’t even think there would be a Christmas special, but there was. [in 2019]and I think people still love Gavin & Stacey,’ Steadman, 76, tells me at the launch of the Christmas At Kenwood light trail on Hampstead Heath, north London.
Mom is the word, says Duchess
Prince Andrew doesn’t dare show his face in polite company these days, but the rest of his family is enjoying themselves.
Princess Beatrice (left) hugs her mother, Sarah, Duchess of York (right) at a festive event at Claridge’s Hotel in Mayfair.
His daughter, Princess Beatrice, hugged his ex-wife, Sarah, Duchess of York (pictured) at a festive event at Claridge’s Hotel in Mayfair. They were at the Lady Garden Gala, in aid of the gynecological health charity.
Fergie, 63, who still shares the Royal Lodge, Windsor, with the Duke of York, says she is proud of how Beatrice, 34, and her sister Princess Eugenie, 32, have handled motherhood. “They were great kids, but now they’re phenomenal moms,” she says.
Marjorie Wallace, founder of mental health charity SANE, was in a confessional mood this week at a special screening at London’s Courthouse Hotel of The Silent Twins, a film based on her book about the desperate true story of June and Jennifer. Gibbons (in theaters tomorrow).
‘What’s a Sunday afternoon treat? I’m going to visit the twins in Broadmoor,” she says. ‘It wasn’t my family’s favorite expedition.’
It wasn’t any easier, Wallace tells me, when Broadmoor staff repeatedly mistook her for someone visiting another inmate: the Yorkshire Ripper.
“They always thought I was Peter Sutcliffe’s wife, Sonia,” Wallace explains.