London . These days, questions are being asked about charitable work by Prince Charles of Britain. A newspaper has claimed that an organization of Prince Charles has accepted a donation of 1 million pounds ($1.2 million) from Osama bin Laden’s relatives. The report said Prince Charles’ charitable fund received the money in 2013 from members of a large and wealthy Saudi family, Bakr bin Laden and his brother Shafiq. Both are half-brothers of bin Laden, a former al-Qaeda terrorist.
It is known that bin Laden was killed by US special forces in Pakistan in 2011. Media reports claimed that advisers had urged Prince Charles not to accept donations. Charles’ Clarence House office disagreed, but confirmed that the donation had been received. She said that the decision to accept the money was taken by the trustees of the charitable fund and not by the prince and that a thorough investigation was done before accepting the donation.
The fund’s chairman, Ian Cheshire, also said that the donation was “absolutely” agreed upon by the five trustees at the time and that “any attempt to make a different claim is misleading and false.” The Prince Charles’ Charitable Fund for Philanthropy was established in 1979 and gives grants to a wide variety of projects in the UK and around the world. Charles, 73, has faced several claims about his philanthropic conduct. Last month, a media group claimed that Prince Charles, the heir to Britain’s throne, had allegedly accepted suitcases full of $3 million as donations from former Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani. London police are currently investigating a separate allegation that people linked to the Prince’s Prince Foundation offered to help a Saudi billionaire acquire citizenship in exchange for donations. Clarence House has said that Charles is not aware of any such proposal.