Prince Charles disputes report that he brokered a £1 million donation from bin Ladens for his charity


Citing unnamed sources, The Sunday Times reported that Prince Charles accepted Bakr bin Laden and Shafiq bin Laden’s donation to The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Fund (PWCF), despite objections from key advisers at the time.

Clarence House disputed that claim on Saturday, saying the decision to accept the money was made by the trustees of the charity, not Prince Charles.

“The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund has assured us that a thorough investigation has gone into accepting this donation,” the Clarence House statement said. “The decision to accept has only been made by the trustees of the charity and any attempt to characterize it otherwise is false.”

Bakr bin Laden is the former chairman of the Jeddah-based construction company Saudi Binladin Group. Osama bin Laden was removed from the family business as a shareholder in 1993, when Bakr bin Laden was chairman, US court documents show.

Osama Bin Laden was the leader of al-Qaeda when the network carried out the September 11 attacks in New York in 2001. He was killed in an operation ten years later by US special forces.

Neither Bakr nor Shafiq bin Laden have known links to terrorist activity or are on counter-terrorism sanctions lists issued by the United Nations or the US, EU and UK governments.

According to the Sunday Times report, Prince Charles raised the money after meeting Bakr bin Laden and accepting the donation, despite “initial objection from Clarence House advisers” and the PWCF.

PWCF also responded to the Sunday Times report, saying that “Sheikh Bakr Bin Laden’s donation was carefully considered by PWCF administrators. Due diligence was conducted, seeking information from a wide range of sources, including the government. “

A royal source told CNN they disputed The Sunday Times’ claims that Prince Charles had personally accepted the donation, brokered the deal and at the time, advisers around Prince Charles begged him to return the money.

A source close to PWCF said that “after a thorough investigation of the issues, the trustees came to the conclusion that the actions of one member of bin Laden’s family should not tarnish the entire family.”

The Sunday Times reported in June that Prince Charles had accepted charitable donations in the form of cash from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, the former Qatari Prime Minister, between 2011 and 2015. Clarence House also disputed the details of the June report, saying the “proper processes” were being followed in terms of accepting the donation.

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