‘That is then and this is now’: Cases of cash for Prince Charles ‘would never happen’ these days, source says
- A palace source defended Charles after his latest cash-based scandal
- It comes after it emerged he accepted charitable donations in a suitcase from a former Qatari prime minister.
- The prince reportedly accepted the donations for his charity the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF)
The Prince of Wales would never again accept suitcases stuffed with cash, a royal source insisted yesterday.
Charles faces criticism after it emerged he accepted charitable donations – reportedly totalling £2.5million and some of it in a suitcase – from a former Qatari prime minister.
But a royal source said such incidents have not happened in the past half-decade, adding: ‘That is then and this is now.’
The prince reportedly accepted the donations for his charity the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF) from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim between 2011 and 2015.
The prince reportedly accepted the donations for his charity the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF) from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim between 2011 and 2015
‘Financially independent’ Harry paid for Easter visit
Harry and Meghan are now ‘financially independent’ and paid for their own flights when they visited England at Easter.
Royal officials also said the couple’s decision to repay £2.4million on their Frogmore Cottage home in Windsor was a ‘good deal’ for taxpayers.
A royal source said of the Sussexes’ financial independence: ‘Great credit to them… that has now been achieved.’
The accounts show the sum they paid to cover refurbishment of their former marital home – which they have used as a family only once since relocating to the US – includes undisclosed future rental costs.
The source revealed the money was ‘passed immediately to his [Charles’] charities, and it was his charities who decided to accept the money – that is a decision for them. And they did so, and as they confirmed, it followed all the right processes. The auditors looked at it. The Prince of Wales operates on advice. Situations, contexts change over the years.’
The source added: ‘For more than half a decade, with the situation as it has evolved, this has not happened, and it would not happen again.’
On one occasion a round £900,000 was said to have been handed over in carrier bags from luxury shop Fortnum and Mason, according to a report in The Sunday Times.
Another time, the sheikh was said to have been in a private meeting with the prince at Clarence House, in 2015, when he gave him £850,000 in a holdall.
The PWCF – which was founded in 1979 with a mission to transform lives and build sustainable communities – awards grants to UK-registered non-profit organisations to deliver projects in the UK, the Commonwealth and overseas.
The latest questions come after the Metropolitan Police launched an investigation into cash-for-honours allegations involving the Prince of Wales’ former close confidant, Michael Fawcett.
A Clarence House spokesman said: ‘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.’
The scandal comes months after aide Michael Fawcett was forced to resign for a cash-for-honours storm
£226,000 bill for flying William and Kate on tour of the Caribbean
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s flights for their controversial Caribbean tour cost the taxpayer more than £226,000, the royal accounts have revealed.
It was the single most expensive trip by a member of the Royal Family in the last financial year.
The total travel bill for the monarchy’s official duties, funded by the taxpayer through the Sovereign Grant, came to £4.5million in 2021-2022 – a rise of 41 per cent – as members of the royal family once again began to embark on overseas tours at the request of the British government amid the lifting of Covid restrictions.
The Prince of Wales’s charter flight to Barbados to mark the country’s transition to a republic came to more than £138,000.
But royal aides revealed that the future king had ‘personally’ spearheaded a switch to the use of sustainable aviation fuel on royal flights.
The ministerial RAF Voyager jet – used by royal family and the Government – is now run on sustainable aviation fuel, as is the Queen’s helicopter.
Sir Clive Alderton, the prince’s principal private secretary, said: ‘The prince has personally driven the move to the use of sustainable aviation fuel.’
A senior royal source said Charles was working to ‘reconcile the conflict’ between his responsibilities travelling on royal duties and his role as an environmental campaigner.
‘There is a rigorous process that you only get to top-end travel options if every other option fails,’ the source added.
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