The donation was made after Charles met with two of the terrorist mastermind’s relatives in London
Britain’s Prince Charles “personally secured” a donation of £1 million ($1.2 million) to his charity from the family of Osama bin Laden in 2013, The Times reported on Sunday. Recently, the Prince of Wales was questioned about his taking. “bags of cash”The Qatari royal family.
Charles “brokered the payment” after a private meeting with Bakr and Shafiq bin Laden at his London residence of Clarence House in October 2013, the paper’s sources claimed. Bakr, Shafiq and Osama Bin Laden are both half-brothers. Osama was killed in Pakistan by US special forces two years prior to the meeting.
According to The Times, Charles consented to the donation in spite of objections by his staff members and the Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation. Charles, reportedly decided not to repay the money as it would be embarrassing for the brothers.
However, PWCF Chairman Sir Ian Cheshire told the newspaper that all five of the charity’s trustees “wholly”After listening to all concerns, the prince agreed to accept the donation. According to another source, The Guardian was informed that The Prince did not feel compelled to repay the money and that there were no suggestions that he personally brokered the transaction.
The Times pointed out that Bakr bin Laden and Shafiq Bin Laden are not believed to have participated in financing or being involved with terrorism.
The UK Charity Commission dropped an investigation last week into multi-million-pound donations made by the Qatari royal family to the PWCF. British media reported last month that Charles had received shopping bags full of cash totaling over £2.5 million ($3.07 million) during meetings with Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al Thani between 2011 and 2015. Al Thani served as Qatar’s prime minister between 2007 and 2013.
There is no shortage of controversy surrounding the Prince of Wales. His relationship with Bin Laden has also been raised before. After being introduced to Bakr at the Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies in 2000, Charles drew condemnation from the British press when he dined with Osama’s brother the following October, less than a month after the 9/11 attacks.
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