The Prince of Wales accepted £1 million from Osama bin Laden’s family, it has emerged. Charles accepted £1million from Osama bin Laden’s family for charity.
The Sunday Times said Charles secured the money from Bakr bin Laden, the patriarch of the wealthy Saudi family, and his brother Shafiq.
They are both half-brothers of the former al Qaida leader. Clarence House strongly disputes many of the claims tonight.
It said the decision to accept the donation to his charity, the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF), was taken solely by trustees. A source told The Sunday Times : “The fact a member of the highest level of the British establishment was choosing to broker deals with a name and a family that not only rang alarm bells, but abject horror around the world . . . why would you do this?
“What good reason is there?” Clarence House said: “The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Fund has assured us that thorough due diligence was undertaken.
“The decision to accept was taken by the charity’s trustees alone.” Sir Ian Cheshire, chairman of PWCF, said the donation was agreed “wholly” by the five trustees at the time.
Sir Ian said: “The donation from Sheik Bakr bin Laden in 2013 was carefully considered by PWCF trustees at the time. Due diligence was conducted, with information sought from a wide range of sources, including government.
“The decision to accept the donation was taken wholly by the trustees. Any attempt to suggest otherwise is misleading and inaccurate.”