Prince Charles accepted a suitcase full of cash as a charitable donation from the former Prime Minister of Qatar, it has been claimed.
The Sunday Times says it was one of three wads of cash given as charitable donations that the Prince of Wales received from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.
The three lots, totaling 3 million euros, were personally given to the prince between 2011 and 2015, the newspaper adds.
He claims that on one occasion, Sheikh Hamad, 62, presented the prince with 1 million euros which were allegedly stuffed into carrier bags from Fortnum & Mason, the luxury food store which has a royal charter for provide groceries to the royal family.
The cash payments were deposited into the accounts of the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF), an entity which funds the prince’s private projects and his country estate in Scotland, he added.
There is no indication that the payments were illegal.
Clarence House released a statement following the report.
He said: “Charitable donations received from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim were immediately transferred to one of the prince’s charities who exercised the appropriate governance and assured us that all correct processes were followed.”
Sky News has contacted the PWCF for comment.
Sir Ian Cheshire, its chairman, told The Sunday Times after being approached for a comment on Friday evening: ‘With a few hours’ notice from the Sunday Times, we have checked this event in the past and confirmed that the former directors of PWCF have discussed the governance and relationship with the donor (confirming that the donor was a legitimate and verified counterparty) and our auditors approved the donation after specific investigation during the audit. the governance”.
The Sunday Times said it confirmed the latest donation was made in cash. He said: “The donation was made in cash and it was the choice of the donor.”
When asked which donation he was referring to, Mr Cheshire told The Sunday Times: ‘The assurance of [the] The 2015 donation has been verified from records. I believe the same assurance applied to prior donations and I look forward to confirming this in due course.”
The Sunday Times said Sheikh Hamad’s lawyers declined to comment.
It is the latest claim to beset the future king, who has been the subject of controversy several times in the past and who is currently in Rwanda to represent the queen in the Commonwealth Meeting of Heads of Government.
Investigation related to the Prince’s Foundation
Friday, the Prince of Wales expressed his “personal grief” in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, on “the lasting impact of slavery” and addressed the controversial issue of other Commonwealth countries cutting their ties with the royal family.
In February, police say they are investigating an attempt to give honors and citizenship to a Saudi national linked to the Prince of Wales charity The Prince’s Foundation.
In September 2021, Clarence House said Charles had “no knowledge of the alleged offer of honors or British citizenship on the basis of a donation to his charities”.
He said he fully supports an investigation by the Prince’s Foundation.
Also in February, Clarence House reiterated its previous statement, saying: “The Prince of Wales had no knowledge of the alleged offer of honors or British citizenship on the basis of a donation to his charities.”
Police said on Sunday that the investigation into alleged breaches under the Honors (Prevention of Abuse) Act 1925 was ongoing but would “not provide current comment on its progress”.