Prince Charles will never again handle large cash donations to his charities after he was presented with €3m stuffed into bags from former Qatari prime minister
Prince Charles ‘will never again handle large cash donations’ to his charities after he was presented with €3m stuffed into bags from a former Qatari prime minister, 一种 白金汉宫 source has said.
The Prince of Wales faced criticism after being presented with cash – reportedly totalling three million euros and some of it in a suitcase – 之间 2011 和 2015.
The Sunday Times said the heir to the throne personally accepted the donations for his charity the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF) from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim who was prime minister of Qatar between 2007 和 2013.
A royal source insisted on Wednesday that the future king operates on advice and such incidents have not happened in the past half decade and would not happen again.
Campaign group Republic had demanded full disclosure over the matter, describing the events as ‘shocking’ and saying it raised ‘serious questions about Prince Charles’s judgment’ amid other accusations of cash-for-honours.
The royal source said: ‘It was passed immediately to his charities and it was his charities who decided to accept the money – that is a decision for them.
‘And they did so, and as they confirmed, it followed all the right processes, the auditors looked at it.
‘The Prince of Wales operates on advice. Situations, contexts change over the years.’
A supporter of Charles admitted that while ‘the optics are unhelpful, 没有违反任何规则’ over the cash donations from former Qatari prime minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani
Prince Charles’s long-term confidante Michael Fawcett resigned as head of the Prince’s Foundation a few months ago after a separate probe
来源已添加: ‘For more than half a decade, with the situation as it has evolved, this has not happened and it would not happen again.
‘That is then and this is now.’
Clarence House said the donations were ‘passed immediately’ to one of the prince’s charities and that ‘appropriate governance’ was carried out.
‘Charitable donations received from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim were passed immediately to one of the prince’s charities who carried out the appropriate governance and have assured us that all the correct processes were followed,’ 声明说.
According to the Sunday Times, a donation of one million euros was handed over during one meeting at the prince’s residence, 在巴哈马注册的全球慈善机构.
慈善机构, 成立于 1979 with a mission to transform lives and build sustainable communities, awards grants to UK registered non-profit organisations to deliver projects in the UK, the Commonwealth and overseas.
Prince Charles received the money in huge lump sums of cash, handed over in bags and holdalls
While it is legal to both hand over and accept cash in the millions, concern about huge ready-money transactions has arisen in recent years.
They can be used to help launder ill-gotten gains, and potentially give enormous benefits to tax avoiders.
A supporter of Charles admitted that while ‘the optics are unhelpful’, ‘no rules were broken’, and the unusually packaged donations were likely to have been accepted to ‘avoid causing offence’ to the sheik.
But a spokesman for the Charity Commission said yesterday: ‘We’re considering whether there’s a role for the commission to investigate these matters.’
It is only a few months since the Metropolitan Police and Charity Commission launched inquiries into allegations of a different nature surrounding links between Charles’s Prince’s Foundation – a different body to the PWCF – and Saudi billionaire Mahfouz Marei Mubarak Bin Mahfouz’s foundation.
Both Prince Charles and his former close confidant, 最亲密的助手帮助一位沙特大亨获得了享有盛誉的荣誉, were reported over the claims.
Mr Fawcett was accused of promising to help secure a knighthood and British citizenship for a Saudi billionaire donor to another of Charles’s charities, the Prince’s Foundation.
Clarence House said the prince had ‘no knowledge’ 查尔斯的前皇家贴身男仆.
The donations from the sheikh, who was prime minister of Qatar from 2007 至 2013, were said to have been personally accepted by Prince Charles
The latest claims involving Middle Eastern money Sunday Times concerned donations of £2.5million made by Sheikh Hamad, 62, 之间 2011 和 2015.
The donations from the sheikh, who was prime minister of Qatar from 2007 至 2013, were said to have been personally accepted by Prince Charles.
On one occasion around £900,000 was said to have been handed over in carrier bags from luxury shop Fortnum and Mason.
下一次, the sheikh was said to have been in a private meeting with the prince at Clarence House, 在 2015, when he gave him £850,000 in a holdall.
Aides are said to have then counted the money – the €500 notes are nicknamed ‘Bin Ladens’ thanks to their popularity with terrorist money launderers, as well as drug barons – before it was paid into the account of the prince’s charity at central London royal bank Coutts.
The meetings with the sheikh were not in the official Court Circular cataloguing royal engagements.
There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by anyone involved – but the nature of the dealings is raising many eyebrows.
The sheikh has a personal fortune of up to £10billion and is said to consider Britain his second home.
But he has had to deny claims he licensed the alleged ‘torture’ of a British passport holder, and to insist he had no knowledge of Qatari financial support for Syrian group the Nusra Front, once affiliated with Al Qaeda.
A Clarence House spokesman said yesterday: ‘Charitable donations from Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim were passed immediately to one of the prince’s charities, who carried out the appropriate governance and have assured us all the correct processes were followed.’
PWCF chairman Sir Ian Cheshire said the sheikh was ‘legitimate and verified’, adding of what he acknowledged were cash donations: ‘There was no failure of governance.’
The PWCF was established in 1979 and gives grants to non-profit making organisations running community projects around the world.
The Charity Commission advises charities to consider ‘whether a donation appears to have any suspicious characteristics’, and note whether it is in cash.
Trustees are warned to assess ‘what is known’ about the donor, and in particular whether they are UK taxpayers and if Gift Aid tax benefits could be claimed.
And the commission cautions: ‘Have any public concerns been raised about the donors or their activities?… Would any adverse publicity about the donor have a damaging effect on the charity?’
The sheikh’s lawyers did not comment. Coutts said it had ‘robust policies’ over cash payments.