Prince Charles would have received 3 million euros in Qatari cash | Prince Charles

The Prince of Wales accepted bags containing millions of euros in cash during meetings with a senior Qatari politician, according to a report.

Prince Charles is said to have received a total of €3m (£2.6m) in meetings with Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani, the former prime minister of Qatar.

The money was handed over to the heir to the British throne in a suitcase on one occasion, a holdall on another, as well as carrier bags from Fortnum & Mason, the high-end department store that holds a royal warrant to supply the prince’s household with groceries.

The transfers allegedly took place during meetings between the pair, including a private one-on-one meeting at Clarence House in 2015, it has been claimed.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Clarence House said the money donated at the 2015 meeting was “passed on immediately to one of the Prince’s charities who fulfilled the appropriate covenants and assured us that all the correct processes had been followed”.

The suitcase containing the money was given to two of Charles’ advisers who were said to have counted the money by hand. Palace aides reportedly asked Coutts, the private bank that acts for the royal family, to collect the money.

Each payment was deposited into the accounts of the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF). There is no suggestion that the payments were illegal, the Sunday time reported today.

The sheikh, one of the richest people in the world, has been dubbed ‘the man who bought London’ after he used his wealth, as well as his influence over the Qatari Wealth fund, to make huge investments in London , including the Shard, Harrods and the InterContinental London Park Lane. He is the owner of one of the richest football clubs in the world, Paris Saint-Germain.

There is no evidence the sheikh did not intend the money to go to the charity and Hamad was unavailable to comment, it was reported.

The charity’s chairman of the trustees confirmed to the newspaper that the 2015 donation had been made, and then the trustees, who have a legal duty to protect the charity’s reputation, “discussed governance and the relationship with the donors (confirming that the donor was a legitimate donor and verified counterparty) and our auditors validated the donation after a specific investigation during the audit. There was no failure of governance” .

The charity is said to have confirmed that the 2015 donation was made in cash at ‘donor’s choice’.

Charles and Hamad reportedly have a relationship dating back decades. In 2010 Charles reportedly pressured Hamad to put the £3billion redevelopment of Chelsea Barracks in London on hold – writing a letter in which he told the country’s Prime Minister that the steel and glass design proposed by Qatari Diar, backed by the state, “made my heart sink”. Charles then met the Emir of Qatar for tea at Clarence House where the subject again came up. Qatar later withdrew the plans, prompting the Candy brothers , who were overseeing the development, to launch an £81million lawsuit, in which they accused Qatar of caving in to the prince’s demands.

The latest claims come at an embarrassing time for the prince. Clarence House has refuted claims of a ‘cash-for-access’ culture at its organisation, with the Metropolitan Police and Charity Commission investigating fundraising practices including the selling of honours. It has been alleged that Charles’s closest confidant, Michael Fawcett, got an honor for a Saudi billionaire.

Fawcett resigned from his position in Charles’s inner circle in March 2003, after a report by Sir Michael Peat identified mismanagement at Clarence House. The Peat inquest found that Fawcett had accepted “numerous gifts during his royal service”, but cleared him of any financial impropriety. Fawcett continued to work for Charles as a repairman and party planner.

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