UK’s Prince Charles received $3.2m from ex-Qatar prime minister: report | Philanthropy News
The Sunday Times reports that there was no suggestion that the Prince’s charity payments over a four-year period were illegal.
Britain’s Prince Charles reportedly received one million euros ($1 million) in a suitcase for his charity from a former Prime Minister of Qatar, Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper reported.
The money was one of three payments received from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani between 2011 and 2015 totaling around three million euros ($3.2 million), the newspaper reported on Sunday.
According to the Times, the former Qatari prime minister once handed over the money to Clarence House, the prince’s official office.
The newspaper noted that there was no suggestion that the payments made were illegal.
“Charitable donations received from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim were immediately transferred to one of the prince’s charities who exercised appropriate governance and assured us that all correct processes were followed,” Clarence House said in a statement. .
“Our auditors approved the donation after specific investigation during the audit. There was no failure of governance,” Clarence House told The Times.
The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund, an organization established in 1979, helps support multiple causes, including those related to health, education and the environment.
The small Gulf state of Qatar is well known for its charity work around the world. Qatar Charity, the country’s largest NGO, has worked extensively with Oxfam, CARE, the World Food Programme, the United States Agency for International Development, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the United Nations High Commissioner for the refugees.
Qatar has made large donations over the years to war-torn countries, including providing billions of dollars to help rebuild the beleaguered Gaza Strip after numerous attacks by Israel.