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Prince Charles Denies Impropriety Over $1 Million bin Laden Donation

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Prince Charles downplays bin Laden donation

Prince Charles successfully avoided reputational damage flowing from reports that he received €3 million ($3 million) in cash in shopping bags from a Qatari politician by framing it as a slightly irregular form of charitable donation. Happily for him, the Charity Commission took just a few weeks to agree that it was totally OK.

And the Saudi prince who gave Charles substantial donations, and was told explicitly in writing further generosity would be returned with “special friendship” and an honor? Why that was just the fault of a rogue courtier, Charles knew nothing about the background to his gigantic cash donation (despite meeting the guy at the embassy in Riyadh to give him a gong). The police promised to investigate but appear to have gone very quiet on the matter.

Will there will be more so-what shrugging after a damning report into Charles accepting a £1 million ($1.2 million) donation from Saudi billionaire Bakr bin Laden, as revealed by The Sunday Times this weekend (and reported by The Daily Beast)?

“Prince Charles personally secured the money from Bakr bin Laden, the patriarch of the wealthy Saudi family, and his brother Shafiq,” the report outlined. “Both men are half-brothers of Osama bin Laden, the founder of al-Qaeda who masterminded the September 11 attacks.”

Prince Charles’ office has now issued a statement to The Daily Beast attempting to bat the allegations firmly away from the heir to the throne.

“The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Fund [PWCF] has assured us that thorough due diligence was undertaken in accepting this donation. The decision to accept was taken by the charity’s Trustees alone and any attempt to characterize it otherwise is false.”

A source told The Daily Beast that the prince did not personally accept the donation, trying to draw a distinction........

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