An investigation by 'The Sunday Times' reveals that in 2013 the heir to the British throne accepted a donation for his charities from the family of the Saudi terrorist
Prince Charles, heir to the throne British, accepted in 2013 a donation of one million pounds (1.2 million euros, at today's exchange rate) for his charitiesfrom the family of the Saudi terrorist ; Osama Bin Laden, as reported this Sunday by “The Sunday Times”.
According to the newspaper, the future king received the money of Bakr bin Laden, the current patriarch of the wealthy Saudi family, and his brother Shafiq, both half-brothers on Osama's father's side. According to the “Times”, Carlos, 73, met with Bakr, 76, at his palace in Clarence House, London, on October 30, 2013, two years after the death of Osama bin Laden.< /p>
The founder of Al QaedaHe was executed in 2011 in Pakistan in a United States military operation, when he was accused of the September 11, 2001 attacks in that country, which caused 2,996 deaths and more than 25,000 injuries.
The newspaper specifies that there is no indication that the stepbrothers were linkedwith the activities of the Islamist leader, whose father, the millionaire of Yemeni origin, Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, died in a plane crash in 1967.
Advisors to the prince
The heir accepted the decision. He made the donation despite the express advice of several advisers, who warned him that “it would not be good for anyone” and could damage his reputation. According to the diary, the prince thought rejecting it would be embarrassing for the Saudi businessman.
The money was deposited, through the Coutts Monarchy Bank, into the account of the Prince of Wales Charitable Fund (PWCF), which distributes grants to British non-profit organizations, explains the newspaper, which indicates that the board of this Fund accepted it. formally a posteriori.
In a statement, Ian Cheshire, president of the PWCF, has assured that “the donation of Bakr bin Laden in 2013was carefully considered” and agreed by the five trustees of the time, although , according to the “Times”, at least one expressed Due diligence was carried out, with information from a wide range of sources, including the Government. The decision of accepting the donation was from the trustees. Any attempt to suggest otherwise is misleading and inaccurate,” states Cheshire.
These trustees were Amelia Fawcett, a senior executive who currently chairs the famous London Botanic Gardens Kew, Michael Rake, former chairman of BT, John Varley, former chief executive of Barclays, the academic Kenneth Wilson and William Nye, then the main private secretary of Carlos.
A Clarence House spokesperson Clarence House has stressed that “the decision to accept (the donation) was made by the trustees alone and any attempt to characterize it otherwise is false.” “The Prince of Wales Charity Fund has assured us that exhaustive due diligence was carried out before accepting the donation,” they add.
These revelations come after the same newspaper reported in June that the prince perceived between 2011 and 2015 three lots of cash worth 3 million euros of the former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani. The British Charities Supervisory Commission decided on the 20th did not investigate this donation.
However, the Police did. investigates allegations that a former Carlos aide, Michael Fawcett,promised to kill him. Titles and citizenship to a Saudi tycoon in exchange for a financial contribution to another charity of the heir, the Prince's Trust.
Clarence House maintains that Carlos, who is increasingly assuming more Head of State at the advanced age of Isabel II, “had no knowledge” of these exchanges.