Prince Charles will no longer accept large cash donations after a suitcase full of paper bills – donated by a former Qatari prime minister – raised public eyebrows.
The Sunday Times reported that the 73-year-old royal received a total of 3 million euros – or $3.2 million – from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, the former prime minister of Qatar. The money was reportedly intended for charity, but was paid in cash.
In the future, according to Prince Charles’ team, there will be no situations like the former Prime Minister’s cash gift.
“That was then, this is now,” the prince’s office said of the policy change.
PRINCE CHARLES REFUSES ANY MISGIVEN ACT IN MONEY BAGS CLAIM INVOLVING QATARI POLITICIAN
“The situations, the contexts change over the years,” a source close to the royal told the BBC. “I can say with certainty that for over half a decade this has not happened and it will not happen again.”
Prince Charles’ office has denied there was any wrongdoing in the heir to the British throne accepting bags full of cash as charity donations from a Qatari politician.
The outlet alleged the money was given to the British prince in private meetings between 2011 and 2015 – on one occasion in a suitcase and another in shopping bags from London’s Fortnum & Mason department store.
The newspaper also reported that the money had been deposited in the accounts of the Prince of Wales’ Charitable Fund, which provides grants to other non-profit groups that support the King’s causes and interests. He did not allege that anything illegal had been done.
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As Prime Minister of Qatar between 2007 and 2013, Hamad oversaw the oil-rich state’s sovereign wealth fund, which holds major real estate investments around the world, including London’s Shard skyscraper, London Airport, ‘Heathrow and Harrods department store.
Charles, who is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth IIfaces the possibility of an investigation by the Charity Commission, known as the governing body of charities in Britain.
Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.