The Prince of Wales has come under fire for allegedly accepting a £1 million wad of cash from the family of terrorist Osama bin Laden.
According to The Sunday Times, Prince Charles got the payment from Bakr bin Laden – the man behind the September 11 terror attack's half brother.
His other half-brother Shafiq was also involved although there is no suggestion the payment was illegal.
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The money, however, was not used for personal reasons, as it went to the Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation, despite reservations from advisers at the charity and Clarence House.
It has been alleged that one of the Royal household staff told him that accepting the money "would not be good for anybody" – although the Daily Star believes that this is not true.
Charles, who is next in line for the throne, had a private meeting with the 76-year-old Bakr at Clarence House in London in October, 2013.
This was two years after the founder of the al-Qaeda terror group was killed by US special forces in Pakistan.
Sir Ian Cheshire, the chairman of the PWCF claimed that the donation was agreed to by all five trustees of the charity at the time.
He said: “The donation from Sheik Bakr Bin Laden in 2013 was carefully considered by PWCF Trustees at the time.
“Due diligence was conducted, with information sought from a wide range of sources, including government.
“The decision to accept the donation was taken wholly by the Trustees.
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“Any attempt to suggest otherwise is misleading and inaccurate.”
A Clarence House spokesman told the Daily Star: “The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Fund has assured us that thorough due diligence was undertaken in accepting this donation.
“The decision to accept was taken by the charity’s Trustees alone and any attempt to characterise it otherwise is false.”
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