Prince Charles accepted one million pounds from Usama bin Laden’s family: report
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Prince Charles reportedly 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. Serves as the head of the Saudi family and both men are half-brothers to the mastermind behind al Qaeda.
The transaction reportedly took place on October 30, 2013, just over twelve years after bin Laden attacked America on Sept. 11, 2001. The outlet reported that Charles accepted the funds despite being advised otherwise by Clarence House and the Prince of Wales Charitable Fund (PWCF).
The money was deposited into the fund and sources told Charles to return the money, but he declined to do so, the outlet reported.
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Representatives for Charles did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
“The fact that a member of the highest level of the British establishment was choosing to broker deals with a name and a family that not only rang alarm bells, but abject horror around the world,” a source told The Sunday Times. “Why would you do this? What good reason is there to do this?”
The source added: “I just didn’t feel any member of the British royal family should be involved in that sort of undertaking.”
The outlet noted that neither Bakr or 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 claims 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.
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.”
His charitable fund also told the outlet it had verified “that the donor was a legitimate and verified counterparty… and our auditor 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.