Osama Bin Laden Family Donated 1 Million Pounds To Prince Charles Charity: Report

Bin Laden Family Donated £1 Million to Prince Charles Charity: Report

Ian Cheshire, chairman of PWCF, said the donation had been approved by the five trustees at the time.

London, United Kingdom:

Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, accepted a £1 million donation ($1.19 million) to his charity from the family of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, The Sunday Times reported.

While there is no evidence of any wrongdoing by the Saudi family members, the revelation expands the investigation into the 73-year-old prince’s charities, which have been rocked by allegations of criminal misconduct.

Several of his advisers urged Charles not to accept the donation from family patriarch Bakr bin Laden and his brother Shafiq — half-brothers of terror leader Osama — according to sources quoted by the paper.

Charles, 73, agreed to the donation to the Prince of Wales Charitable Fund (PWCF) when he met Bakr, 76, at Clarence House in London in 2013, despite objections from advisers to the trust and his office, the newspaper reported.

Ian Cheshire, chairman of PWCF, said the donation had been approved by the five trustees at the time.

British police launched an investigation into another of Charles’s charitable foundations in February over claims of a cash-for-honours scandal involving a Saudi businessman.

The head of The Prince’s Foundation resigned last year after an internal investigation into the allegations.

Michael Fawcett, the foundation’s chief executive, had initially agreed to suspend his duties after newspaper revelations about his ties to a Saudi national.

The man, tycoon Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz, had donated large sums to restoration projects of particular importance to Charles.

Fawcett, a former servant of the Prince of Wales who has been closely associated with Queen Elizabeth II’s heir for decades, is said to have coordinated efforts to grant Mahfouz a royal honor and even British citizenship.

Mahfouz reportedly denies any allegations.

The Charities Commission, which registers and oversees charities in England and Wales, said it opened a formal investigation in November into donations received by Mahfouz’s charity for the Prince’s foundation.

Established in 1986, the Prince’s Foundation is not regulated by the Charities Commission but is registered with the Scottish Charity Regulator.

The Scottish agency launched its own investigation in September into reports that the foundation had taken cash from a Russian banker previously convicted of money laundering.

(This story was not edited by NDTV staff and was generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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