UK’s Prince Charles Charity received 1 million pounds from Osama Bin Laden Family.
According to The Sunday Times, Osama bin Laden’s family sent Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, a £1 million payment for his charity foundation.
The discovery puts the 73-year-old prince’s charitable organizations, which have been shaken by accusations of criminal activity, under further scrutiny even though there is no indication that any Saudi family members have committed any crime.
According to sources quoted by the newspaper, several of Charles’ advisors advised him not to accept the contribution from Bakr bin Laden and his brother Shafiq, the family patriarch and half-brothers of terror leader Osama.
Despite the reservations of advisors from the trust and his staff, Charles, 73, consented to the contribution to the Prince of Wales Charitable Fund (PWCF) when he met with Bakr, 76, at Clarence House in London in 2013, according to the newspaper.
The five trustees approved the contribution at the time, according to PWCF Chairman Ian Cheshire.
In February, British police opened an inquiry into one of Charles’s philanthropic organizations after allegations of a cash-for-honors scandal involving a Saudi billionaire.
Following an internal examination into the claims, the director of The Prince’s Foundation resigned last year.
The foundation’s chief executive, Michael Fawcett, had first consented to resign due to press reports concerning his association with a Saudi individual.
The guy, business billionaire Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz, had made significant donations to restoration initiatives that Charles found particularly interesting.
It is said that Fawcett, a longtime friend of Queen Elizabeth II’s heir and a former valet to the Prince of Wales, orchestrated attempts to give Mahfouz a royal honor and possibly British citizenship.
Mahfouz allegedly insists he did nothing wrong.
An official investigation into contributions received by Mahfouz’s charitable trust that was meant for the prince’s foundation has been launched, according to the Charities Commission, which registers and regulates charities in England and Wales.
The Prince’s Foundation, founded in 1986, is registered with the Scottish Charity Regulator but is not subject to regulation by the Charities Commission.
In response to allegations that the foundation had taken money from a Russian banker who had previously been found guilty of money laundering, the Scottish body opened its investigation in September.
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