Peter Phillips resigns from Patron's Fund board over potential conflict of interests

The Queen's grandson runs a company that will administer the charity's non-profit-making Patron's Lunch on 12 June

Peter Phillips
Peter Phillips

Peter Phillips, the Queen’s grandson, has tendered his resignation from the Patron’s Fund, a charity set up to collect any profits from a mass lunch on The Mall to celebrate the monarch’s patronage of more than 600 charities and organisations, because of concerns about a possible conflict of interest.

Phillips runs an events company called SEL UK, which pitched and will run the Patron’s Lunch on 12 June, the weekend of the Queen’s official 90th birthday.

It is understood that Phillips, who is the son of Princess Anne, tendered his resignation as a trustee in November, but remained as a trustee until a replacement could be found. He is still there.

Had he left the board immediately, it would have meant only two trustees remained – Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, and Anthony Wreford, a former advertising executive.

The Charity Commission confirmed that it was informed of the potential conflict of interest at the point of the charity’s registration on 29 October but was given a written assurance that the issue had been managed in accordance with its guidance.

The Patron’s Lunch is a not-for-profit event that will be attended by more than 10,000 people.

SEL UK will receive a management fee for the lunch but will not take any share of the profits.

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