Charles ‘accepted Suitcase Stuffed With €1,000,000 In Cash From Qatari Sheikh’

Charles ‘accepted Suitcase Stuffed With €1,000,000 In Cash From Qatari Sheikh’




The Prince of Wales accpeted money from Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani (Picture: PA)

Prince Charles is alleged to have accepted €3million from a Quatari Sheikh – including €1 million of cash in a suitcase.

Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani is said to have handed over banknotes to the Prince of Wales in meetings between 2011 to 2015.

It is claimed that on one event €1million was handed over in a holdall at a meeting at Clarence House

On another event, cash was stuffed into carrier bags from upmarket London store Fortnum and Mason, the Sunday Times reported.

The newspaper reported the money was given over in €500 notes – a now discontinued denomination dubbed the ‘Bin filled’ for its links to terrorist financing.

Clarence House said the money was ‘passed closest to one of the prince’s charities who carried out the appropriate covenants and assured us all correct procedures were followed’.

The charity in question is the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund, whose stated aim is to ‘transform lives and build sustainable communities’, by awarding grants to good causes in areas like conservation, education, health and social inclusion.

It is understood at the minimum one trustee had no idea about the gifts from the Qatari Sheikh.

None of Prince Charles’ meetings with him appeared on the Court Circular record of royal engagements.

There is no suggestion the payments were illegal. However, it does raise questions about the prince’s personal judgement.

Charles is already embroiled in a cash for honours scandal amid claims former aide Michael Fawcett helped fix a CBE for Saudi billionaire Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz.

The Metropolitan Police said earlier this year that it is investigating the claims under the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925.

Questions have been raised about Qatar’s human rights record (Picture: PA)

The revelations come already though Prince Charles vowed to make amends for the UK’s human rights record by announcing a national day of remembrance for victims of the British slave trade.

Qatar has often been questioned about its human rights record.

It is illegal to be gay in the Arab state and women are heavily discriminated against. The country hosts the World Cup this year amid claims emerging from Amnesty International showing 6,500 migrant workers died in construction schemes. Qatar contests the figures.

The controversy has overshadowed reports that Charles is recommending for the slave trade to be taught as widely as the Holocaust.

A source said: ‘The Holocaust was appalling and dreadful and just as we have acknowledged the horrors of the past, the prince believes there should be an equal acknowledgement of our past in the slave trade.

‘Britain is made up of a very different population and the same can be said of the Commonwealth. The Prince of Wales is looking for more opportunities to celebrate those different aspects of the collective.

‘We have attained a greater understanding of the Holocaust, so it is acknowledged and learnt at a national level, but that is not true of the slave trade. The prince has acknowledged that it needs to happen and if there is a movement to back that, the Prince of Wales will certainly lend his sustain.’

Prince Charles recently spoke to Commonwealth leaders in Rwanda (Picture: PA)

Meanwhile in a speech to Commonwealth leaders in Rwanda on Friday, Charles, 73, described his regret Britain shipped African slaves to the US. He said: ‘I cannot describe the depths of my personal sorrow at the experiencing of so many.

‘I want to concede that the roots of our current association run thorough into the most painful period of our history. Many of those wrongs belong to an earlier age with different – in some ways lesser – values.

‘By working together, we are building a new and lasting friendship.’

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