Osama bin Laden’s family gave a $1.2 million payment to a charity, according to The Sunday Times . Despite numerous advisors urging him to do so, the article claims that the prince chose not to return the money. According to Clarence House, the trustees of the charitable fund decided whether to accept the funds. According to The Sunday Times , Osama bin Laden’s family gave Osama bin Laden’s successor, Prince Charles, $1.2 million.
Following a visit at the British royal home Clarence House in October 2013, the publication claimed that the prince, 73, collected the payment from two of bin Laden’s half-brothers, Bakr, the family patriarch, and Shafiq.
Two years had passed since US soldiers murdered the Al-Qaeda chief in Abbottabad, Pakistan, at the meeting.
The Prince of Wales Charitable Fund (PWCF), which gives money to nonprofit groups with UK registrations, received the donation.
The BBC was informed by Clarence House that PWCF certified that “thorough due diligence” had been done and that the trustees had made the decision to accept the funds.
Any attempt to imply otherwise is false and misleading, according to Clarence House, who spoke to the publication.
According to The Sunday Times, several advisors reportedly begged the future king of the United Kingdom to return the funds, expressing concern that there would be widespread indignation if the donation were to become public knowledge.
“Why would someone at the top of the British establishment choose to negotiate business with a name and a family that not only raised red flags but also inspired utter revulsion throughout the world? What compelling motive exists for doing this? “According to a newspaper source.
I simply felt that no member of the British royal family should be involved in such a venture.
According to the newspaper, Charles, Prince of Wales, thought it would be “extremely embarrassing” to return the money because the brothers would figure out why, therefore he allegedly decided against doing so.
The affluent and prominent Saudi Arabian family of Yemeni descent known as the bin Ladens disavowed Osama bin Laden in 1994. No additional family members have ever been charged with having ties to terrorism.
The donation was “wholly” approved at the time, Sir Ian Cheshire, the PWCF chairman, told The Sunday Times.
According to a source close to the organization, trustees came to the decision that one family member’s behavior shouldn’t reflect poorly on the entire unit.
The Sunday Times’ assertion that Charles personally negotiated the agreement and disregarded counsel’s concerns was also rejected by a royal source, according to the newspaper.
Additionally, The Sunday Times revealed last month that Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, the former Qatari prime minister, had given Prince Charles a suitcase containing more than $1 million in cash.
According to The Sunday Times, the Prince of Wales received the money in carrier bags from the upscale London department shop Fortnum