Prince Charles took donation from family of Osama bin Laden: report alleges
London, Jul 31 (EFE).- The United Kingdom’s Prince Charles accepted a one million pound charity donation from the family of Osama bin Laden, a report in The Sunday Times claimed.
The weekly newspaper said Charles, the eldest of Queen Elizabeth II’s children and first in line to the throne, accepted the donation in 2013 from Bakr bin Laden, the current patriarch of the wealthy Saudi family, and his brother Shafiq.
Former Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011 — two years prior to the alleged charity deal — by a covert United States military operation that tracked the terrorist down in Pakistan.
Bin Laden was the mastermind behind the 9/11 terror attacks that brought down New York’s Twin Towers and hit the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people and causing huge damage in the US.
The Sunday Times states there is no indication that Bakr and Shafiq bin Laden, were involved with the activities of Osama bin Laden, their half brother.
The newspaper claimed that Charles, 73, met with Bakr, 76, in his Clarence House residence in London on October 30, 2013.
Charles accepted the donation against the advice of some of his assessors, the paper said. The funds were reportedly destined for the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund.
The claims come shortly after the same newspaper in June reported that Charles had accepted bags of cash totaling over 3 million euros between 2011-15 from the former Qatar prime minister.