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Prince Charles 'met fixer William Bortrick at centre of cash for honours storm NINE times'

The Prince of Wales met the 'fixer' at the heart the 'cash for honours' scandal at least nine times, it has today been reported.

William Bortrick, 42, who is reportedly a paid advisor to Saudi tycoon Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz, is said to have met the Prince both in Britain and abroad.

Mr Bortrick, the publisher of Burke's Peerage, a British genealogical and peerage database, reportedly received thousands of pounds to help secure an honour for Dr bin Mahfouz - a major donor to Charles's charities.

He previously claimed, in a draft letter reported on earlier this month by the Sunday Times, that the Prince was '100 per cent' behind an offer to help secure Dr bin Mahfouz UK citizenship.

This was previously denied by Clarence House, who said the future king, 72, had 'no knowledge' of the cash for honours allegations on the basis of donation to his charities.

Today the Sunday Times has reported that Mr Bortrick met with the Prince in England, Scotland and Saudi Arabia over the past seven years. 

He also sent Mr Bortrick a personal Christmas card last year, the paper reports.

However MailOnline understood that the meetings between the Prince and Mr Bortrick were all in an official capacity and never one-to-one.

The latest reports will likely pose questions of whether the Prince was aware of Mr Bortrick's reported status as a paid consultant and his links to Dr bin Mahfouz. 

The Prince of Wales met the fixer at the heart the 'cash for honours' scandal at least nine times and even sent him a personal Christmas card, it has today been reported. William Bortrick, 42, a paid advisor to Saudi tycoon Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz - is said to have met the Prince both in Britain and abroad.

Mr Bortrick received thousands of pounds to help secure an honour for Dr bin Mahfouz (pictured here with Prince Charles in 2016) - who is a major donor to Charles's charities. He previously claimed the Prince was '100 per cent' behind an offer to help secure Dr bin Mahfouz UK citizenship

When are Prince Charles and William Bortrick reported to have met?

According to the Sunday Times, the pair are alleged to have met at least nine times over the last seven years.

Among the meetings to have reportedly taken place are:

October 21, 2014 - The pair meet at Dumfries House at the opening of a garden funded by Saudi tycoon Mafouz bin Mafouz

December 10, 2015 - Prince Charles and Mr Bortrick meet at the British embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

November 23, 2016 - Prince Charles and Mr Bortrick meet at Buckingham Palace during the presentation of Dr bin Mahfouz's CBE presentation ceremony

 July 31, 2020 - Prince Charles goes for a walk with Mr Bortrick at the Castle of Mey in Scotland. The pair are joined by the gardener and a trustee of the Prince's Foundation 

According to the Sunday Times, Mr Bortrick and Prince Charles are known to have met in October 2014 at the opening of a garden at Dumfries House.

The garden is funded by Dr bin Mahfouz, who at the time was seeking UK citizenship, and who has donated more than £1.5million to the prince's charities.

In the same year, in a draft letter to Dr Mahfouz, Mr Bortrick said that Dr Mahfouz's application for citizenship would 'now take the highest priority', adding: 'His Royal Highness supports these applications one hundred percent, as there is no greater example of contribution [than] yours, therefore this should be rewarded and recognised accordingly.'

It is these claims that Clarence House say Prince Charles had 'no knowledge of'.

The pair are then said to have met at the British embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Dr bin Mahfouz and the Prince's former valet, Michael Fawcett, who resigned as chief of the Prince's Foundation amid the cash for honours scandal, were also present.

He is also said to have met Mr Bortrick at Buckingham Palace in 2016 during the presentation of Dr Bin Mafouz's CBE. 

Prince Charles is not responsible for choosing honours - which are selected by an honours committee who then pass their recommendations to the Cabinet Office.  

According to the Sunday Times, the last meeting was in July 2020, when Prince Charles went on a walk with Mr Bortrick in the Gardens of the Castle of Mey in Scotland.

The walk, which was also attended by the gardener and a trustee of the Prince’s Foundation, came weeks after Mr Bortrick had brokered a six-figure donation to the Prince's Foundation.

The donation was made in return for a meeting between the Prince and Dmitry Leus, a Russian banker, who was invited to two private events at Charles’s royal residences in Scotland. 

Shortly after the meeting Mr Botrick wrote to Mr Leus saying: 'I have just had an excellent private visit with HRH the Prince of Wales — who appreciates your generosity and asked me to send his personal good wishes to you.' 

The trip for two, comprising a tour, dinner, entertainment and an overnight stay at Dumfries House in Ayrshire, would cost £100,000 - with Mr Wynne-Parker taking a 5% commission and the fixer 20%. Pictured: The email he sent – complete with spelling mistakes

The go-between: Michael Wynne-Parker (pictured left) sent a 14 bullet point email to a mysterious fixer on November 15, 2019, detailing how clients would meet Prince Charles for a fee. Prince Charles' former valet Michael Fawcett pictured outside his home in London

However the meetings were cancelled because of Covid and concerns about Mr Lues' past.

Fixer who runs bible of aristocracy

By Jo Macfarlane

The man named in the cash-for-access email as ‘representing HRH’ is the chairman of Burke’s Peerage, the 200-year-old reference guide to the nation’s aristocratic families. 

William Bortrick, 48, a Northern Irish genealogist who studied history at both Oxford and Cambridge, has been a director at the publisher since 2013. 

He now co-owns the company alongside colourful Canadian businessman Sam Malin, who along with his wife Irene, a former X Factor contestant, have appeared taking private jets on Channel 5 reality show Britain’s Flashiest Families and featured on Britain’s Pushiest Parents with their five children.

 Mr Malin made his money digging for oil in Madagascar and he and his wife now own Ingress Abbey in Kent. The company hasn’t published a print edition of Burke’s Peerage since 2003. 

Bortrick was the company’s youngest executive and royal editor when, in 2009, he announced plans to introduce ‘momentous’ changes to the publication by including illegitimate children for the first time. 

Last night a spokesperson for Mr Bortrick - the publisher of Burke's Peerage - told the Sunday Times that he had only met Prince Charles in 'a group setting' and 'never in private'.

The spokesperson reportedly added that Mr Bortrick was a 'proud supporter of the Prince's Foundation and had introduced 'a number of potential benefactors' to the charity. 

The latest claims come after the Prince's former valet Michael Fawcett was forced to step down as chief of the Prince's Foundation.

A string of claims about 58-year-old Mr Fawcett's conduct while running the charity included the allegation that he had offered to 'support' Dr bin Mahfouz in his efforts to secure both a knighthood and British citizenship.

It follows reports that a letter on headed notepaper made clear that Mr Fawcett was prepared to assist in bumping up the tycoon's honorary CBE to a knighthood.

The prince is understood to have 'known nothing' of either Mr Fawcett's letter or of emails from fixers about the prospect of an honour.

The Mail understands that he was 'so surprised' by the claims that he 'couldn't believe them' at first.

An investigation was launched by the Prince's Foundation last month amid claims that society fixer Michael Wynne-Parker was offering a dinner with Charles and an overnight stay at Dumfries House for £100,000. 

Mr Wynne-Parker, an adviser to Dr bin Mahfouz, allegedly wrote an email saying fixers would pocket up to 25 per cent of the fees. 

But the Prince's Foundation beefed up the probe in the light of the allegations regarding Mr Fawcett.

Mr Fawcett – at his own suggestion – agreed to 'temporarily' step down from his £95,000-a-year role with the Foundation while an investigation is carried out.

Prince Charles is said to be 'supportive' of this. Meanwhile, the Prince's Foundation is also facing the threat of a possible police inquiry. 

Society fixer, Burke's Peerage publisher and Saudi tycoon: Three key characters in the Charles scandal

Dr Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz

Dr Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz, pictured meeting Prince Charles, is one of Britain's most generous benefactors

Dr Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz is one of Britain's most generous benefactors who holds a string of titles in the UK. The millionaire Saudi businessman's family made their fortune in the Middle East through hotels, property and manufacturing. 

In 2012 Dr Mahfouz, 51, set up the Mahfouz Foundation, a charity that aims to 'advance the education of the public in the United Kingdom in the culture, history, language, literature and institutions of the Middle East'. 

Three years later Dr Mahfouz donated £370,000 to the Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, which Prince Charles is president of, to help renovate the estate despite the Saudi never having visited it. 

He was honoured with the Mahfouz Wood, to the east of the 15th Century castle, and six benches were installed with plaques bearing the names of Dr Mahfouz, his father and four brothers will be placed around the castle's gardens. 

He has also donated a significant sum to Dumfries House, the 18th Century Palladian mansion in Ayrshire, which the Prince's Foundation had painstakingly being working to restore. 

Dr Mahfouz holds the title of Lord and Baron of Abernethy as well as his honorary CBE awarded in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 2016. 

He has been made a life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts as well as being awarded Knight Grand Cross in the Companionate of Merit of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem. 

He has been elected a fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford and has a bust in his honour at Wolfson College, Cambridge.

Michael Wynne-Parker

Michael Wynne-Parker has rubbed shoulders with Prime Ministers and world leaders during a colourful life

Michael Wynne-Parker is known as a society fixer who has rubbed shoulders with Prime Ministers and world leaders during a colourful life.

Mr Wynne-Parker, 75, stood unsuccessfully as a Tory candidate in Norfolk in August 1974 before becoming a regular at the Monday Club, the Right-wing Westminster pressure group. 

He quickly proved himself a masterful networker introduced Margaret Thatcher to Muammar Gadaffi's son and meeting brewery tycoon Jonathan Guinness - now Lord Moyne. 

Mr Wynne-Parker worked with Lord Moyne on his controversial consultancy firm Introcom which was investigated by the fraud squad after complaints from creditors over their failed airline, Tajik Air, in 1994. 

Mr Wynne-Parker said at the time that Introcom had no financial involvement, but had only provided consultancy services. 

Mr Wynne-Parker and Lord Moyne then launched Access To Justice which rented out office suites and gave free legal advice to those seeking to overturn their convictions because of alleged miscarriages of justice. 

It was claimed that the firm misrepresented itself as a charity and that a convicted fraudster was involved in its operations. Margaret Beckett, then the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, obtained a court order to shut down the company in the public interest. 

Both Mr Wynne-Parker and Lord Moyne were banned from being company directors for five years in 2000 because of their roles in Access To Justice. 

Another of his firms, Wynne-Parker Financial Management, had also been shut down by financial watchdogs ten years earlier. He was found guilty on 16 counts of misconduct and fined £10,000 with a judge saying that it seemed the businessman had 'the clear modus operandi of a crook'.

William Bortrick

William Bortrick is chairman of aristocratic guide Burke's Peerage

William Bortrick is a family figure in London's private clubs and is usually seen hovering in background at functions attended by society fixer Michael Wynne-Parker. 

He is chairman of the once-revered aristocratic guide, Burke's Peerage, and is also a member of the founding board of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society, which is chaired by Mr Wynne-Parker. 

The organisation has faced disputed allegations that it is a front for Russian influence - but its bosses insist it is a religious and cultural organisation. 

Mr Bortrick, 48, is also an adviser to the Commonwealth Sambo Association, which champions a Russian martial art and combat sport which may feature in the 2028 Olympics and is strongly backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

The fighting techniques were developed by the Soviet Red Army in the early 1920s to improve unarmed combat. Mr Wynne-Parker is president of the association and regularly presides over combat events. 

Burke's Peerage was established by the genealogist John Burke in 1826, expanding over the years into various editions. The firm was chaired from 1974 to 1983 by the entrepreneur Jeremy Norman, who founded the gay nightclub Heaven and established the fitness chain Soho Gyms. 

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