Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, accepted a million euros in a bag from Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, among other cash donations made by the former Arab prime minister to his charities, which he published on Sunday. Sunday times.
According to the newspaper, Carlos received between 2011 and 2015 three cash contracts worth 3 million euros from Al Thani, He served as the Prime Minister of Qatar from 2007 to 2013 and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1992 to 2013.
On one of those occasions, the 62-year-old gave the prince a million euros allegedly distributed in bags from the luxury London store Fortnum & Mason.
In another case, the heir accepted a suitcase for the same amount during a private meeting at his residence at Clarence House, says Sunday times.
A palace spokesman told the newspaper last night that the money was “immediately transferred to one of the Prince’s Charities, which has implemented the expected governance measures and assures us that the correct procedures are being followed.”
Sunday times He explains that Carlos, after receiving the bag, gave it to consultants who “manually calculated the money”, presumably a denomination of 500 euros.
Then the assistants asked Coutts Bank, which handles the property’s assets, to take possession of the bag. The bank then deposited the money into the accounts of the Prince of Wales Charitable Trust (PWCF), which distributes grants to the Prince’s projects and properties in Scotland.
However, the newspaper mentions that The crown prince’s meetings with the sheikh do not appear in the court prospectus, listing official engagements by members of the royal family.
As it indicates The royal gift rules state that the royal family can accept checks on behalf of a charity, but say nothing of cash.
PWCF President Ian Cheshire confirmed to the newspaper that the briefing donation was approved by the board at the time.
“With just a few hours’ notice, we verified this past event and confirmed that the previous trustees reviewed the governance and relationship with the donor (confirmed it was a legitimate and verified counterparty), and our auditors signed off on the donation,” he said.
A spokeswoman for Coats said they have “robust policies and controls in place” to “assess the source, nature and purpose of large and unusual transactions” and noted, in particular, that the receipt of cash payments is “supervised”.
Sunday times He clarifies that there is no indication that an illegal act has been committed, but notes that the cash donations will raise doubts about the management of Prince Charles’ charitieswho took on more royal functions due to the advancement of her mother, Elizabeth II.
Police have been investigating allegations since February that Michael Fawcett, the prince’s closest aide, had promised titles and citizenship to a Saudi millionaire in return for charitable donations, something Charles said he was not aware of.