The palace spoke out after it was revealed that the future king personally accepted millions of dollars in cash from a controversial foreign politician.
Prince Charles has reportedly personally accepted $1.52 million in cash in a suitcase from the controversial Qatari politician.
The emergency payment was one of three, totaling €3 million (AU$4.56 million) that the Prince of Wales is said to have received from Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim bin Jaber Al Thani between 2011 and 2015. Sun.
Clarence House said the money was “immediately turned over to one of the Prince’s charities, which has honored the relevant obligations and has assured us that all due process has been followed.”
The Sheikh, a former prime minister of Qatar nicknamed HBJ, handed over huge sums of cash in private meetings with Charles. Sunday Times reports.
At one meeting, he reportedly donated €1 million (about A$1.52 million) packaged in bags from posh grocer Fortnum & Mason.
In another one-on-one meeting at Clarence House in 2015, Charles accepted a bag containing another 1 million euros.
Two advisers at the royal court manually counted the cash, which is said to have consisted of 500 euro banknotes that have now been discontinued.
The private bank Coutts is believed to have taken the suitcase from Charles’s London residence at the request of palace aides.
Each payment went into the accounts of the Prince of Wales Charitable Trust, a little-known grant-making organization that funds the prince’s favorite projects and his country estate in Scotland.
Members of the Royal Family are prohibited from accepting cash gifts in connection with a formal engagement or obligation under the Royal Gifts Policy. They may accept the check as a patron or on behalf of a charitable organization.
Prince Charles’ meetings with the sheikh do not appear in the Court Circular, a list of official events held by working members of the royal family.
But the revelation raises questions about the heir to the throne’s judgment, including how much he knew he was asking about money and his impartiality in representing Britain around the world.
Prince Charles has visited Qatar on numerous occasions since the payments, including during HBJ’s premiership.
There is no suggestion that the payments were illegal.
Al Thani served as Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar from 2007 to 2013, during which time he forged close ties with the British royal family. His lawyers declined to comment.
PWCF Chairman Sir Ian Cheshire said on Friday: “With a few hours’ notice from The Sunday Times, we have verified this event in the past and confirm that previous PWCF trustees have discussed the management-donor relationship (confirming that the donor was a legitimate and verified counterparty), and our auditors signed the donation following a specific request during the course of the audit. There were no management failures.
He later confirmed he was referring to the 2015 payment, adding, “I believe the same guarantee applies to earlier donations and look forward to confirming this in due course.”
Clarence House said: “We are disappointed that we were not given more time to study this issue, which arose ten years ago.
“In the few hours we had on Saturday, we confirmed that charitable donations were received from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim and they were immediately passed on to one of the Prince’s charities, who exercised appropriate management and assured us that everything was respected. correct processes.
Cutts said: “While we maintain the utmost confidentiality regarding the bank’s customers and cannot comment on specific cases, we have a long and robust policy and controls in place to assess the source, nature and purpose of large and unusual transactions.
“In particular, the bank’s receipt of cash payments is subject to scrutiny and control.”
In November, Prince Charles’ top aide Michael Fawcett resigned over a dispute over money in exchange for honours.
He resigned from his post as chief executive of the Prince’s Fund and was said to have been “heartbroken” and “shattered” by the events.
This followed reports that Fawcett had offered to help a Saudi billionaire who donated to the prince’s charity obtain a knighthood and British citizenship.
This article originally appeared in Sun and has been reproduced with permission.