Prince Charles’ charity fund accepted one million pounds from Usama bin Laden’s family, spokesperson confirms
Prince Charles’ charity, The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Fund, accepted one million pounds from the family of Usama bin Laden in 2013.
The Sunday Times, a UK based publication, reported that Charles, 73, personally took money from Bakr bin Laden, and brother Shafiq. A spokesperson for Clarence House has disputed some of the claims in the report but confirmed that the charity accepted the money. Bakr serves as the head of the Saudi family and both men are half-brothers to the mastermind behind al Qaeda.
Clarence House told Fox News Digital in a statement: “The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Fund has assured us that thorough due diligence was undertaken in accepting this donation. The decision to accept was taken by the charity’s Trustees alone and any attempt to characterize it otherwise is false.”
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, reportedly accepting a million pounds from the family of Usama bin Laden.
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The transaction reportedly took place on October 30, 2013, just over twelve years after bin Laden attacked America on Sept. 11, 2001.
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The Sunday Times reported that Charles accepted the funds despite being advised otherwise by Clarence House and the Prince of Wales Charitable Fund (PWCF). A Clarence House spokesperson told Fox News’ Digital that Charles did not personally accept the donation.
The Sunday Times also reported that Charles was advised to return the donation, however a Clarence House spokesperson disputed those claims to Fox News Digital on Saturday.
Half-brothers of Usama bin Laden reportedly paid Charles’ a large sum of money 12 years after the attacks against America.
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The outlet noted that neither Bakr nor Shafiq bin Laden have ever been tied to acts of terrorism. They are related to Usama by their father, Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden. He went on to become the wealthiest non-royal after founding the BinLadin Group, the outlet reported. He died in a plane crash in 1967.
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In June, Charles faced separate allegations of accepting a large sum of money from a member of the Qatari government.
Charles’ office denied there was any wrongdoing in the heir of the British throne accepting bags full of cash as charity donations from a Qatari politician.
Charles is Queen Elizabeth’s oldest son and heir to the British throne.
The Sunday Times reported last month that Charles was given a total of 3 million euros, or $3.2 million, by Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, the former prime minister of Qatar. The outlet alleged that the money was handed over to the British prince during private meetings between 2011 and 2015 — on one occasion in a suitcase and another in shopping bags from London’s Fortnum & Mason department store.
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The newspaper also reported that the money was deposited into the accounts of the Prince of Wales’ Charitable Fund, which gives grants to other non-profit groups that support the royal’s causes and interests. It did not allege that anything illegal was done.
Charles’ office, Clarence House, said in a statement that the donations “were passed immediately to one of the prince’s charities who carried out the appropriate governance and have assured us that all the correct processes were followed.”
Prime Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, made a large donation of cash to the Prince of Wales’ Charitable Fund.
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His charitable fund also told the outlet it had verified “that the donor was a legitimate and verified counterparty… and our auditors signed off on the donation after a specific enquiry during the audit. There was no failure of governance.”
Qatar’s government communications office did not immediately respond to The Associated Press’ request for comment. Hamad has not publicly commented.
Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.