In Lloyd Webber's memoirs, he says that Mackintosh was always in favor of Nunn for Phantom and that Lloyd Webber always
It gets a bit cloudy, and he finally states something vaguely like, "The less said, the better." But he does insist that Prince's firing was
Mackintosh's work, not Lloyd Webber's, and that it was done more or less behind his back.
And he does conclude by saying that Prince, upon his re-hiring, was able to negotiate a deal that was not only better than
previous, but bordered on the colossal.