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Bin Laden family donates £1m to Prince Charles’ charity

London: Britain’s heir to the throne, Prince Charles, has accepted a £1 million ($1.19 million, €1.21 million) donation to his charitable trust from the family of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, Sunday. Reported by The Times.

While there is no indication of wrongdoing by the Saudi family, the revelations have increased scrutiny of the 73-year-old prince’s charity.

According to sources cited by the paper, some of his advisers told Prince Charles to receive donations from family matriarch Bakr bin Laden and his brother Shafiq (half-brother of terrorist leader Osama). urged me not to.

Charles, 73, agreed to donate to the Prince of Wales Charity Foundation (PWCF) when he met Bakul, 76, at London’s Clarence House in 2013.

PWCF Chairman Ian Cheshire said the donation was agreed upon by five trustees at the time.

In February, British police launched an investigation into another of Charles’ charities over allegations of an honor prize scandal involving a Saudi businessman.

The head of the Oji Foundation resigned last year after an internal investigation into the allegations.

The foundation’s chief executive, Michael Fawcett, initially agreed to stop working after newspapers reported his ties to Saudi citizens.

The man, tycoon Mahfouz Murray Mubarak bin Mahfouz, had made a large donation to a restoration project that was of particular interest to Charles.

Fawcett, a former squire of the Prince of Wales who was close to the heir to Queen Elizabeth II for decades, is said to have coordinated efforts to grant Mahfouz royal honors and even British citizenship.

Mahfouz has reportedly denied any wrongdoing.

The Charity Commission, which registers and oversees charities in England and Wales, launched a formal inquiry in November into donations received by the Mahfouz Charitable Trust intended for the prince’s foundation.

Founded in 1986, The Prince Foundation is not regulated by the Charity Commission but is registered with the Scottish Charity Regulatory Authority.

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

https://www.kuwaittimes.com/bin-laden-family-donated-1m-to-prince-charles-charity/ Bin Laden family donates £1m to Prince Charles’ charity

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