Prince Charles is trying to make one of his wrongs into a right. The future king of England said he will not accept any further charity donations in cash following criticism of the way in which he received money from a Qatari sheikh.
According to the Sunday Times, the prince personally accepted cash donations of three million euros in total for his charity the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF) between 2011 and 2015 from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim who is a former prime minister of Qatar. However, Clarence House said the donations were “passed immediately” to one of the prince’s charities and that “appropriate governance” was carried out.
Prince Charles Says He Will No Longer Accept Cash For His Charities
“Charitable donations received from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim were passed immediately to one of the Prince’s charities who carried out the appropriate governance and have assured us that all the correct processes were followed,” a statement said. Charities are permitted to accept donations in cash, but the Charity Commission has guidance that encourages all to follow to ensure appropriate due diligence when accepting donations.
Now a senior royal source in the prince’s office has insisted it would not happened again. “The Prince of Wales operates on advice,” they said, adding that “situations and contexts change over the years.”
They said: “I can say with certainty that for more than half a decade… this has not happened and it would not happen again.”
The Charity Commission has yet to decide if the cash – some of which was handed over in bags from the upmarket retailer Fortnum and Mason – merits an investigation. However, the rules of the charity regulator do indicate that cash donations to charities are allowed. Prince Charles’ office insist the cash was passed immediately to his charities and they decided whether to accept the money.
“It followed all the right processes and the auditors looked at it,” said the royal official. The money was received by The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Foundation.
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