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Prince Charles allegedly accepted €1,000,000 in cash from Qatari Sheikh

The Prince of Wales is alleged to have accepted €1,000,000 in cash in a briefcase from a Qatari Sheikh in a meeting at Clarence House. A further €2,000,000 was alleged to have changed hands over a period of four years. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani is said to have handed over banknotes to Prince Charles between 2011 and 2015.

The Sunday Times reports that one another occasion, cash was stuffed into carrier bags from upmarket London store, Fortnum and Mason. The newspaper reported that the money was handed over in €500 notes.

Clarence House said “the money was passed immediately to one of the Prince’s charities who carried out the appropriate covenants and assured us all correct procedures were followed.”

The charity that received the money was the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund however it is understood that at least one trustee of the charity had no idea of the funds received from the Qatari Sheikh. It is also understood that none of Prince Charles’s meetings with Sheikh Hamad appeared on the Court Circular.

There are no suggestions that the payments were illegal.

That said, Prince Charles is already embroiled in a cash for honours scandal amid claims that his former aide, Michael Fawcett, helped fix a CBE for Saudi billionaire, Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz. The Metropolitan Police are currently investigating the claims under the 1925 Honours Act (Prevention of Abuses).

Qatar has often been questioned about its human rights record. In the Arab state it is illegal to be gay and women are heavily discriminated against. The country is set to host the 2022 World Cup.

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