The “Sunday Times” reported that the Prince Charles Charitable Foundation accepted more than 1 million euros from the family of the terrorist Osama bin Laden in 2013. There is a dispute among others about the reason for contributions. The immediate punishment: according to Yougov, a popular polling station, Charles’ popularity dropped from 50% to 42%.
He drives fast, driving his Aston Martin DB6, the car his mother, the Queen, gave him for his 21st birthday, in 1969, which he has converted to 100% ecological : this racing car runs on synthetic fuel. salt and white wine. Camilla, his wife, was by his side, resplendent in a black dress. All smiles, they entered the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, to the delight of 30,000 spectators, for the opening of the Commonwealth Games on July 28. A major sporting event, held in In the 1930s, the royal family wouldn’t lose it for anything in the world.
Even if, this year, Elizabeth II is not there to start the party. The king is resting at Windsor Castle. He is not sick, but his 96 years, and seventy years on the throne, is starting to weigh on him. So, as he used to do in a few months, his eldest son and future king will succeed him. From the dais, Charles read the words written by the Queen: “On the 7th of October last, this tree left Buckingham to go to the Commonwealth. During the last two hundred and ninety-four days Now, he didn’t just take what I said to you, but the different hopes and dreams of every nation and country he passed through, while he was on his way to Birmingham.”
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The pressure increases again. Charles knew that he was not always loved; but now his future subjects are beginning to appreciate him and recognize his many qualities, including his negative view of the environment. In the popular polls, he gets scores from month to month. It seems that nothing can darken his impending reign. even if…
Just two days after the Games began, the Prince of Wales is facing a storm he has never seen before. A scandal that could permanently tarnish the name of the crown, but above all his image as a future king. The “Sunday Times” poked its nose into the records of the Prince of Wales Foundation (PWCF), the foundation that supports various organizations helped by the heir to the throne, but showing that he accepted a contribution of the same value. of 1 million pounds sterling (1.1 million euros), paid by two members of Osama Bin Laden’s family. The questionable money Charles welcomed without batting an eyelid. Behind this great number, we find Bakr and Shafiq Bin Laden, wealthy Saudi businessmen and brothers of the founder of Al-Qaeda. The main explanation: none of them are involved in a terrorist business. They disowned their brother after he ordered the September 11, 2001 attacks.
However, their approach to Prince Charles’s speech book was a threat. Because, according to the “Sunday Times”, Charles received in person at Clarence House, his London residence, the eldest of the siblings, Bakr, for a private interview, on October 30, 2013. Two years after the death of Osama bin Laden, who was killed in a special operation by the American military in Pakistan. Members of the foundation may have felt that the latter’s atrocities should not tarnish the Ben Laden family.
“The donation given by Sheikh Bakr bin Laden in 2013 was carefully considered at that time by the leaders of the field. Critical reviews were made, based on various factors, including the government. the decision to accept this contribution was made by the curators, and by them alone. Any other accusation is false”, confirmed immediately, in a press release, Sir Ian Cheshire, chief executive of the PWCF . If he continues this right, it is because the “Sunday Times” says that Prince Charles will end this contract himself, without listening to the opinion of one of his advisers who said that to accept. This was denied by a spokesman for Clarence House.
Donations from Arab kings replace royal decorations
From a legal point of view, there is nothing to blame. But the dignity of Prince Charles, who will soon be called to the highest office, has been linked from these new reports to some new controversies about the assistants to the Prince of Wales. Wales. At the beginning of July, the “Sunday Times” revealed that the King of Wales, between 2011 and 2015, had received some money from Sheikh Hamad Ben Jassem al-Thani, a member of the royal family of Qatar and Prime. Minister of his country from 2007 to 2013. The bank accounts – for a total of 3 million euros – hidden in travel boxes and bags from the chic store Fortnum & Mason, official supplier of Her Majesty for many years.
Charles may have accepted, on his own hand, hundreds of small groups lined up in a sports bag, during the tête-à-tête with the sheikh organized at Clarence House. A perfect example of a thriller. In the face of these reports, the representatives of the king assured that “the donations were immediately sent to the companies”, after a process. A similar statement on behalf of Sir Ian Cheshire: “The donor is eligible and our officials have confirmed the donation after a detailed investigation. There is no shortage. »
If there is no evidence that these actions are fraudulent, several police investigations have been opened, since February 2022, regarding the management of the PWCF. With the same question: are the donations given to this charity ever paid? Does this mean that the independence of Elizabeth II’s eldest son is in question? In November 2021, Michael Fawcett, a close associate of the Prince of Wales and director of the foundation, is expected to use his power to bestow honors on the most loyal of his subjects. support. In particular, he allowed the Saudi businessman Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz to be decorated Commander of the Order of the British Empire, in exchange for 1.7 million euros for good works. A private event, attended by Charles, was held at Buckingham Palace in November 2016, although it was not on the agenda. This case, reported by the British press, forced Michael Fawcett, the first footman of the Queen, who is also the assistant valet of the Prince of Wales, to leave all his positions.
Several police investigations have been opened in 2022
At the same time, other independent investigations were carried out on hundreds of thousands of euros received from a mysterious Russian businessman. “The Prince of Wales’ willingness to receive large sums of money from other politicians or controversial businessmen has thrown him into trouble,” writes Tom Bower in the page of the “Mail on Sunday” last May. , recalling that Charles had been involved for thirty years in several similar controversies. According to him, the integrity of the future king was always damaged: “At best, he did not stop his work in his name. At worst, he was an accomplice. “Amazing Daily Mail reporter Dan Wootton said of Prince Charles’s fitness: “It’s hard to imagine he’ll be a boss any time soon. […] His work is becoming increasingly ineffective, as his mother enters the dark years of her reign. »
Elizabeth II never thought highly of her eldest, this son who was unlike her. Very little down to earth, for his taste. But lately, she’s learned to trust him. He felt that he was ready for the future, that he would be able to manage this business that he had been doing for seventy years. He felt that Charles was calmer than Andrew, this boy whom he loved but who gave him so much trouble. But after these revelations, the king looks to the future with concern. Will everything fall apart after him? Because it takes more biofuel than cheese curds and white wine to run a machine like the British Empire…