Report: Prince Charles’ charity obtained donation from bin Ladens


LONDON — Britain’s Prince Charles is going through extra questions over his charities after a newspaper reported that certainly one of his funds accepted a 1 million pound ($1.2 million) donation from kinfolk of Osama bin Laden.

The Sunday Occasions reported that the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund acquired the cash in 2013 from Bakr bin Laden, patriarch of the massive and rich Saudi household, and his brother Shafiq. Each are half-brothers of the previous al-Qaida chief, who was killed by U.S. particular forces in Pakistan in 2011.

The newspaper stated advisers had urged the inheritor to the throne to not take the donation.

Charles’ Clarence Home workplace disputed that however confirmed the donation had been made. It stated the choice to just accept the cash was taken by the charity’s trustees, not the prince, and “thorough due diligence was undertaken in accepting this donation.”

The fund’s chairman, Ian Cheshire, additionally stated the donation was agreed “wholly” by the 5 trustees on the time, and “any attempt to suggest otherwise is misleading and inaccurate.”

The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund was based in 1979 to “transform lives and build sustainable communities,” and offers grants to all kinds of tasks in Britain and all over the world.

Charles, 73, has confronted a sequence of claims concerning the operation of his charities. Final month the Sunday Occasions reported he had accepted baggage of money containing $3 million from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, the previous prime minister of Qatar.

London police are at the moment investigating a separate allegation that individuals related to one other of the prince’s charities, the Prince’s Basis, provided to assist a Saudi billionaire safe honors and citizenship in return for donations. Clarence Home has stated Charles had no information of any such supply.

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