The British royals are facing another scandal. This time, the focus is not on the discredited Prince Andrew (62) or Harry (37) – but on the heir to the throne.
Prince Charles, 73, has accepted a £1m donation to his charity, the Prince of Wales Charitable Fund (PWCF). Problem: The generous financiers are half-brothers of the terrorist Osama bin Laden, who was killed by US Navy Seals in 2011.
According to information from the Sunday Times,” Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son met Saudi entrepreneur Bakr bin Laden in October 2013 at his London residence, Clarence House.
Prince Charles is said to have accepted the money despite several of his advisers urging him to turn it down or pay it back. However, the British heir to the throne ignored her concerns that the donation could damage his reputation.
The bin Ladens are an influential family of entrepreneurs from Saudi Arabia. Bakr Bin Laden has dozens of siblings and half-siblings. Osama bin Laden was the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States that killed thousands, including 67 Britons. He was killed by US special forces in Pakistan on May 2, 2011.
There is no evidence that Bakr bin Laden and his brother Shafiq were involved in the assassination or support terrorism.
Charles’ foundation chief Ian Cheshire said all five trustees had approved the donation. An unnamed source at Clarence House told the Sunday Times that advisors were not dismayed by the payment, nor did Charles “roar down” their concerns. The decision to accept the money lay solely with the trustees.
It’s not the first time Prince Charles has been criticized for making a donation to his foundation. Just a few weeks ago, the “ The Sunday Times reports that the Queen’s son was born between 2011 and 2015 overall three million euros in cash from Qatar’s ex-Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim Al Thani. A million was stowed in a suitcase and other amounts in shopping bags from a well-known luxury department store. (bw)