/ 01 August 2022

What the bin Ladens did next…


There’s been a lot of focus on Prince Charles’s charities of late. In June, the latest was that Charles accepted stacks of cash in shopping bags and suitcases handed over by former Qatari PM Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim. This time, it’s about a £1 million donation from Bakr bin Laden and his brother Shafiq – half-brothers of dead al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden who have no ties to terrorism. And yesterday, the Prince of Wales’ Charitable Fund acknowledged it had received the donation in 2013 after Charles met the men in London. Reports say there were objections from the Prince’s personal advisers and those with the Prince of Wales Charitable Fund who said “it would not be good for anybody” if it emerged that he had accepted the money. But his people say he had nothing to do with it, and accepting the donation was a call made by the charity’s trustees. While there are calls for more transparency, charities in the UK are not required to disclose their supporters.

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