Why Was Prince Charles Getting Bags Stuffed With Cash From Arab Sheiks?

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According to a UK newspaper source, the Prince of Wales got a suitcase containing €1 million ($1.05 million) in cash from a former Qatari prime minister.

The Sunday Times reported that Prince Charles personally received three lots of money totaling €3 million ($3.15 million) from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani between 2011 and 2015.

The handovers are believed to have happened during meetings between the two men, including a private one-on-one meeting at the prince’s London home, Clarence House, in 2015.

The suitcase containing the €1m ($1.05m) was given to two of Charles’ advisers who are said to have hand-counted the money, which comprised of now discontinued €500 notes.

A former adviser to Prince Charles told the newspaper, “Everyone felt very uncomfortable about the situation, The only thing we could do was to count the money and make a mutual record of what we’d done. And then call the bank.”

The cash was next to be collected by Coutts, the private bank that represents the royal family.

Each donation was deposited into the Prince of Wales Charitable Fund’s coffers.

There was no indication that the payments were unlawful, The Sunday Times report said.

The prince’s meetings with Sheikh Hamad, the publication reports, are not listed in the Court Circular, a list of the working royals’ official obligations.

Members of the royal family are permitted to take a “cheque” as a patron of or on behalf of a charity, according to the royal gift policy. It makes no mention of what ought to happen in relation to cash payments.

The disclosures are “really alarming,” Sir Alistair Graham said, the former head of the committee on standards in public life, who told the Sunday Times that most people would find them “inconceivable.”

Graham, 79, said: I wouldn’t make a distinction between a politician and a member of the royal family. If the Qatari government wants to make a gift to his foundation, then there are proper ways to do these things rather than handling large sums of cash.”

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Sources: Dailywire, Thetimes, Thedailybeast