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Prince Charles got $1 million donation from bin Laden family: report

Prince Charles got $1 million donation from bin Laden family: report
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Prince Charles personally worked to secure a £1 million donation to his charity from the family of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, according to a report.

Charles, 73, met with Bakr bin Laden, the patriarch of the Saudi family, and his brother, Shafiq, at Clarence House in London on October 1. 30, 2013, to intermediate the payment, according to the London Sunday Times.

The men are half-brothers of Osama bin Laden and the meeting came two years after US special forces killed the terrorist in Pakistan.

Charles is said to have felt that it would be too embarrassing to return the money to the bin Laden brothers.
Charles reportedly went ahead with the donations despite advisers’ objections.
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The newspaper reported that the future king agreed to the contribution despite the objections of his advisers at Clarence House, the prince’s London residence, and at the Prince of Wales Charitable Fundsaying at least one of the organization’s trustees pleaded with him to return the cash.

Aides told him that if news of the transaction leaked, it would cause national outrage and damage his reputation, the newspaper said.

“The fact that a member of the highest echelon of the British establishment chose to negotiate deals with a name and family that not only set off alarm bells, but abjectly horrified the world over . . . Why would you do this? What good reason is there to do this, a source told the newspaper.

FOR SUNDAY'S NEWS -- Bakr bin Laden is Osama bin Laden's half-brother
Bakr bin Laden is the half brother of Osama bin Laden.

Charles was said to have felt it would be too embarrassing to return the money to the bin Laden brothers, who are not believed to be involved in any terrorist act.

Sir Ian Cheshire, chairman of the Prince of Wales Charitable Fund, told STOL the donation was “fully” agreed by the organization’s five trustees.

“Sheikh Bakr Bin Laden’s donation in 2013 was carefully considered by PWCF trustees at the time. Due diligence was carried out, with information requested from a wide range of sources, including the government. The decision to accept the donation it was taken over entirely by the trustees. Any attempt to suggest otherwise is misleading and inaccurate,” Chesire told the newspaper.

A Clarence House spokeswoman said the charity “has assured us that extensive due diligence was carried out in accepting this donation. The decision to accept was made solely by the trustees of the charity and any attempt to characterize it otherwise is disingenuous.”

Charles was reported to have received other questionable donations to his charity for a controversial Qatari politician with the cash delivered between 2011 and 2015 in duffel bags, a suitcase and several shopping bags from the famous department store Fortnum & Mason.

The revelations led to a royal source say that donations were no longer accepted in that way.

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