The Sunday Occasions, citing unnamed sources, reported that Prince Charles accepted the donation from Bakr bin Laden and Shafiq bin Laden for The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Fund (PWCF) regardless of objections from key advisers on the time.
Clarence Home disputed that assertion on Saturday, saying the choice to simply accept the cash was made by the charity’s Trustees, and never Prince Charles.
“The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Fund has assured us that thorough due diligence was undertaken in accepting this donation,” the Clarence Home assertion stated. “The choice to simply accept was taken by the charity’s Trustees alone and any try to characterize it in any other case is fake.”
Bakr bin Laden is the previous chairman of the Jeddah-based development firm Saudi Binladin Group. Osama bin Laden was eliminated as a shareholder from the household firm in 1993, when Bakr bin Laden was chairman, US court docket paperwork present.
Osama Bin Laden was the chief of al Qaeda when the community carried out the September 11 assaults in New York in 2001. He was killed by US particular forces in an operation 10 years later.
Neither Bakr or Shafiq bin Laden have any recognized ties to terrorist actions or seem on any counter-terror sanctions lists issued by the United Nations or the governments of the US, EU and the UK.
In accordance with the Sunday Occasions report, Prince Charles secured the funds after a gathering with Bakr bin Laden, and accepted the donation, regardless of the “preliminary objection of advisers at Clarence Home” and the PWCF.
PWCF additionally responded to the Sunday Occasions’ report saying that “the donation from Sheik Bakr Bin Laden was fastidiously thought-about by PWCF Trustees. Due diligence was carried out, with info sought from a variety of sources, together with authorities.”
A royal supply instructed CNN that they disputed The Sunday Occasions’ claims that Prince Charles personally accepted the donation, that he brokered the deal and that advisors round Prince Charles pleaded for him to return the cash on the time.
A supply near PWCF stated that “after an intensive examination of the problems, the Trustees concluded that the actions of 1 Bin Laden member of the family mustn’t tarnish the entire household.”
The Sunday Occasions reported in June that Prince Charles had accepted charitable donations within the type of money from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, the previous prime minister of Qatar, between 2011 and 2015. Clarence Home additionally disputed the small print of the June report and stated that the “appropriate processes” have been adopted when it comes to accepting the donation.