Queen's grandson faces scrutiny over contract to arrange her birthday party

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The Queen's grandson founded a charity to oversee the celebrations for the U.K. monarch's 90th birthday celebrations which then gave the contract for staging the event to his own company, according to BuzzFeed.

Peter Phillips, the son of Princess Anne, devised The Patron's Fund to arrange a mass street party in London for the 600 charities and organizations supported by his grandmother. The charity then contracted his own events firm to make all the arrangements for an undisclosed fee.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Zara Philips, 3rd right, with her brother's wife Autumn Philips, left, stand with Zara's husband Mike Tindall, 2nd right, and her brother Peter Philips, on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral following a service of thanksgiving for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London, Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Crowds cheering "God save the queen!" and pealing church bells greeted Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday as she arrived for a service at St. Paul's Cathedral on the last of four days of celebrations of her 60 years on the throne. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 05: Autumns Philips and Peter Philips attend a Diamond Jubilee Reception at Guildhall on June 5, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of wellwishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Autumn Philips, Peter Philips and Princess Beatrice arrive at Sandringham Church for the traditional Christmas Day service at Sandringham on December 25, 2011 in King's Lynn, England. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh traditionally lead the royals in attending a church service at Sandringham Church on Christmas Day. It is the Duchess of Cambridge's first Christmas at Sandringham after her marriage to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge in April of this year. This year the Duke of Edinburgh mised the service as he is in Papworth Hospital after having cardiac surgery to fit a stent in his coronary artery. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Wedding group photo taken May 17, 2008, of Mr Peter Phillips and Miss Autumn at Frogmore House (seated left to right front row) The Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II, Mrs Ivy Kelly, Mrs Edith McCarthy, (standing left to right) Capt. Mark Phillips, The Princess Royal, Mr Peter Philips, Mrs Peter Philips, Mrs Kity Kelly, Mr Brian Kelly. AFP PHOTO/Sir Geoffrey Shakerley/POOL **** RESTRICTED FOR EDITORIAL USE **** (Photo credit should read Sir Geoffrey Shakerley/AFP/Getty Images)
Peter Philips And Autumn Kelly Attend A Service Celebrating Queen Elizabeth Ii And Prince Philip, The Duke Of Edinburgh'S 60Th Diamond Wedding Anniversary At Westminster Abbey In London. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Zara Phillips with her brother, Peter Philips, and their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, on board the Royal yacht Britannia at the start of a Western Isles cruise, Great Britain, 5 August 1988. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
The grandsons of Britainâs Queen Elizabeth II when they attended a Thanksgiving service on her 60th birthday in London on April 21, 1986. At left is Prince William of Wales, 3, son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and Master Peter Phillips, 8, son of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Philips. The two boys have been named by Buckingham Palace Wednesday as being two of the four page boys attending the Royal Wedding between Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in London on July 23. (AP Photo/Press Association)
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Phillips has since stepped down as a trustee of the fund to avoid a conflict of interest, BuzzFeed reports.

The celebrations have already drawn criticism for charging the 10,000 guests to the party £150 ($216) each.

You can read the full report here.

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Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attends a ceremony with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (unseen) at Tweedbank Station in Tweedbank on the Scottish Borders on September 9, 2015 to officially open the Borders Railway on the day that The Queen becomes Britain's longest-serving monarch. Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming the country's longest-serving monarch with a flotilla down the River Thames, a gun salute and the peal of Westminster Abbey's bells. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
TWEEDBANK, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Queen Elizabeth II opens the Borders Railway as First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh looks on atTweedbank Station on September 9, 2015 in Tweedbank, Scotland. Today, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria's record by one day. The Queen has reigned for a total of 63 years and 217 days. Accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, she will officially open the new Scottish Border's Railway which runs from the capital to Tweedbank. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attends a ceremony at Tweedbank Station in Tweedbank on the Scottish Borders on September 9, 2015 to officially open the Borders Railway on the day that The Queen becomes Britain's longest-serving monarch. Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming the country's longest-serving monarch with a flotilla down the River Thames, a gun salute and the peal of Westminster Abbey's bells. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attends the opening ceremony for the Borders railway route at Tweedbank station, Scotland, Wednesday Sept. 9, 2015. The Queen has become the longest ever reigning monarch in British history surpassing Queen Victoria who served for 63 years and seven months. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
NETWONGRANGE, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Members of the public gather as Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh open Newtongrange Station following arriving on the steam locomotive the Union of South Africa on September 9, 2015 in Newtongrange , Scotland.Today, Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victorias record by one day. Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for a total of 63 years and 217 days. Accompanied by her husband The Duke of Edinburgh, she has today opened the new Scottish Borders Railway. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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