Prince Charles has again been accused of a ‘serious lack of judgment’ after it emerged that his charity accepted £1 million from the family of Osama bin Laden.
The donation was reportedly recieved in 2013 after Charles had a private meeting at Clarence House with bin Laden’s half brothers -Bakr Bin Laden, who heads the wealthy Saudi family, and Shafiq.
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There was no investiagtion following previous revealtions that Charles had accepted £2.5million in cash donations from a Qatari sheik even though the cash was stuffed ‘into a suitcase and carrier bags’
The Mail Online reports: Royal sources denied reports that Charles, 73, had ‘brokered’ the donation, or that he agreed to it in the face of opposition from his advisers.
Clarence House said the trustees of the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF) had agreed to accept the donation without the prince’s involvement, and that they carried out ‘thorough due diligence’.
But the latest revelation comes only weeks after it emerged the PWCF accepted more than £2.5million in cash donations, said to be stuffed in bags and suitcases, from a former Qatari prime minister.
And it raised further questions about the fundraising activities of the prince’s charity, and why it accepted money from the Bin Laden family.
Former Government minister Norman Baker said: ‘Prince Charles continues to show a serious lack of judgment about whom he will accept money from.
‘Is there in fact anyone he would refuse money from? Is this really appropriate behaviour from the heir to the throne?’
The Bin Laden family publicly disowned Osama bin Laden in 1994, before it emerged his Al Qaeda network had carried out the 9/11 attacks.
Both the PWCF and Clarence House said the £1million donation was made and accepted, but said it was accepted by the charity’s trustees, and not by the prince.
Sources denied reports that Charles had accepted the donation, and had done so despite objections by advisers – including at least one trustee – who pleaded with him to return the money.
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