Times: Prince Charles Charitable Foundation receives $1.2 million from bin Laden's relatives In 2013, Charles met with Osama bin Laden's half-brother Bakr and accepted donations from him to the charitable foundation, despite the objections of the organization's staff and advisers< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/590xH/media/img/7/06/756592265376067.webp 590w" type="image/webp" >
The Charitable Foundation of the Prince of Wales Charles, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, accepted donations in the amount of £1 million ($1.2 million) from relatives of the founder of the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda (banned in Russia) Osama bin Laden, according to The Times.
According to the newspaper, the prince received money from Bakr bin Laden and his brother Shafik, half-brothers of the former leader of Al Qaeda. Charles met Bakr at Clarence House, the Westminster residence of the British royal family, on October 30, 2013, two years after Osama bin Laden was killed by US special forces.
Charles agreed to accept donations over the objections of his advisors and foundation staff. According to the Times, advisers urged the prince to return the money; they warned that the event would cause public outrage if it became known to the media. In addition, Charles's reputation would be damaged “if his name appeared in the same sentence as the name of the terrorist responsible for the murder of 67 Britons and thousands of Americans on September 11, 2001.”
However, the prince, the newspaper writes, refused to return the money, considering that it would be too embarrassing. Charles feared that donors would understand the true reason for the return of funds.
The chairman of the foundation, Sir Ian Cheshire, told the publication that five trustees of the organization, including the former Michael Reik, chairman of BT Group, John Varley, former head of the British bank Barclays, and William Nighy, who was then the prince's chief private secretary.
According to the Times, there is no suggestion that Bakr or Shafiq bin Laden sponsored or participated in terrorist attacks.
They— the sons of Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, a Yemeni-born billionaire who became the richest non-royal Saudi after founding the construction conglomerate BinLadin Group. He died in a plane crash in 1967, when Osama bin Laden was 10 years old.
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In late June, the Times reported that in 2011-2015, Prince Charles personally accepted donations for his foundation from Qatari Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani. Their total amount was €3 million, the cash was packed in bags and a suitcase. As the newspaper noted, “there is no suggestion that the payments were illegal.” A representative of Clarence House confirmed that “all due procedures were followed.”