Prince Charles Accepted Bags Full Of $3 Million In Cash


Prince Charles is again in the hot seat over donations to his charities.

The royal, 73, reportedly accepted almost $3 million in cash, which was handed to him at his office in bags,

From Sheikh Hamad bin Jasseim bin Jaber Al Thani, the former prime minister of Qatar, according to The Sunday Times.

The money was donated to Charles' Prince of Wales Charitable Fund, which gives grants to other non-profit groups that reflect the prince's interests.

The sheikh gave Charles three separate donations totaling $3.1 million between 2011 and 2015, The Sunday Times reports.

One bundle of cash was given during a private meeting between Charles and Sheikh Hamad.

The money was then counted by two aides at the palace and passed along to royal bank Coutts for deposit in the fund.

There is "no suggestion that the payments were illegal," the Times added.

Charles's office at Clarence House said in a statement on Monday:

"Charitable donations from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim were passed immediately."

"To one of the Prince's charities who carried out the appropriate governance and assured us that all the correct processes were followed."

Sheikh Hamad has not commented.

Charles now faces the possibility of an investigation by The Charity Commission, the governing body of the charity world in Britain.

A spokesman for the Charity Commission confirms in a statement:

"We are aware of reports about donations received by The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation."

"We will review the information to determine whether there is any role for the Commission in this matter."

It is not illegal for charities to accept donations in cash.

However, the regulator of non-profits in the U.K. recommends that a series of checks for due diligence is carried out when accepting donations.

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