LONDON — Prince Charles, inheritor to the British throne, confronted new scrutiny over the financing of his charities on Saturday after a report discovered that one group had accepted a donation of 1 million kilos ($1.21 million) from the household of Osama bin Laden.
As first reported by The Sunday Times of London, The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund obtained the donation in 2013 from the brothers Bakr and Shafiq bin Laden, half brothers of Osama bin Laden, the founder of Al Qaeda and architect of the Sept. 11 assaults.
News of the fee follows a sequence of current royal scandals, together with a report in June that Prince Charles had accepted $3.1 million in money donations from a Qatari billionaire between 2011 and 2015, some of which was obtained personally in a suitcase and buying luggage.
The bin Ladens are a strong Saudi household, whose multinational development enterprise and shut ties to the Saudi royal household have made them extraordinarily rich. There is, nonetheless, no suggestion that both Bakr or Shafiq bin Laden has sponsored, supported or been concerned in any acts of terrorism. And the household disowned Osama bin Laden in 1994 when Saudi Arabia stripped him of his citizenship as a result of of his extremist actions.
On Saturday, Clarence House, the prince’s official workplace and residence, confirmed that the bin Laden brothers had given the cash to the royal charity however disputed stories that Prince Charles had brokered the deal or made the choice personally to simply accept it.
“The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Fund has assured us that thorough due diligence was undertaken in accepting this donation,” learn an announcement launched by Clarence House.
“The decision to accept was taken by the charity’s trustees alone and any attempt to characterize it otherwise is false,” the assertion added.
But The Sunday Times reported that Prince Charles had brokered the fee after a personal assembly with Bakr bin Laden at Clarence House in London on October 30, 2013, two years after Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan.
The paper additionally reported that the inheritor to the throne had agreed to simply accept the donation regardless of the vocal objections of his personal advisers.
A royal official, unauthorized to talk publicly, denied that the prince accepted the donation, negotiated the deal or was suggested to return the cash.
The Sunday Times reported that some of the prince’s aides had warned Charles of the inevitable blowback ought to it turn out to be identified that his charity had accepted cash from the household of the person who orchestrated the terrorist assaults that killed almost 3,000 individuals, together with 67 Britons.
Founded in 1979, The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund says that its mission is “to transform lives and build sustainable communities by awarding grants to a wide range of good causes within our core funding themes: heritage and conservation, education, health and well-being, social inclusion, environment and countryside.”