Advisor to Prince Charles “uncomfortable”, he accepted 1 million euros in a suitcase from the sheikh

The Prince of Wales is said to have personally received the €500 notes from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, former Prime Minister of Qatar

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A close adviser to Prince Charles has claimed “everyone felt very uncomfortable” after allegations he had accepted a suitcase filled with €1m from a billionaire sheikh.

The Prince of Wales is facing awkward questions after The Sunday Times reported he was allegedly paid a total of €3m for his charity fund from Qatar’s former Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.

According to the newspaper, the payments were made between 2011 and 2015, and at one point the Sheikh reportedly handed Charles €1 million in cash during a meeting at Clarence House.

It is believed to have been immediately handed over to helpers who made sure the money was passed in full to the charity.

However, one of Charles’ former advisors, who managed some of the money, said “everyone was very uncomfortable with the situation.”

They added, “The only thing we could do was count the money and record together what we had done. And then call the bank.”

On another occasion, cash was allegedly stuffed into tote bags owned by upmarket Fortnum & Mason.

Prince Charles is said to have accepted cash from Sheikh Hamad



According to the report, the money was given in €500 bills, a now-defunct denomination dubbed “Bin Laden” for its links to terrorist financing.

It is understood that at least one trustee of the Prince of Wales’ charity fund was unaware of the funds.

Also, none of Charles’s meetings with Sheikh Hamad, 62, appear in the Court Circular’s records of royal engagements.

Royals are advised never to accept monetary donations and Clarence House insists everything was fine.

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A Clarence House spokesman said: “Charity donations received from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim were immediately passed on to one of the Prince’s charities who carried out the appropriate administration and have assured us that all the correct processes were being followed.” Sir Alistair Graham But , the former chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, said the revelations were “really shocking” and “unimaginable” for most people.

In November, Michael Fawcett, Charles’ right-hand man for decades, resigned from his role as head of one of his main charities, weeks after the Sunday Times claimed he had offered honors in return for donations. The Police and Charity Commission are investigating these allegations.

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A spokesman for the prince said Charles was not aware of the alleged offer of honors or citizenship based on donations. Mr. Fawcett has not commented publicly.

Anti-monarchy campaign group Republic yesterday called for Charles to fully disclose this latest controversy and said it will write to him, the government, MPs and the Charity Commission about it.

Republic’s Graham Smith said the claims were “shocking” and raised ethical questions.

The prince’s advisers have expressed their unease


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He added: “Prince Charles met Sheikh Hamad privately, with no officials present and without disclosing the meeting in the court circular. Sheikh Hamad faces serious human rights allegations and has significant financial and other interests here in the UK.”

Norman Baker, a former government minister and Liberal Democrat MP who has written a book on royal finances, said: “A million dollars in cash stuffed into Fortnum & Mason bags or slipped into a holdall or suitcase and handed over locked doors.

“That’s what you’d expect from a South American drug lord, not the heir to the British throne.”

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