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Cases of cash for Prince Charles ‘would never happen’ these days, source says

‘That was then and this is now’: money matters for Prince Charles ‘would never happen these days’, says source

  • A palace source defended Charles after his latest money-based scandal
  • It comes after it was revealed that he was accepting charitable donations in a briefcase 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 of cash, a royal source insisted yesterday.

Charles has been criticized after it was revealed that he had accepted charitable donations – reportedly totaling £2.5 million and part of it in a briefcase – from a former Qatari Prime Minister.

But a royal source said there have been no such incidents in the past ten years, adding: “That was 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

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 over 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: “They have great honour…that has now been achieved.”

The accounts show that the amount they paid to cover the renovation of their former marital home — which they’ve only used as a family once since moving to the US — includes undisclosed future rent costs.

The source revealed that the money was passed ‘immediately to his’ [Charles’] charities, and it was his charities that decided to accept the money – that’s a decision for them. And they did, and as they confirmed, it followed all the right processes. The accountants looked at it. The Prince of Wales works 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 will not happen again.”

According to a report in The Sunday Times, around £900,000 was once allegedly handed over in carrier bags from luxury retailer Fortnum and Mason.

Another time, the Sheik is said to have been in a private meeting with the Prince at Clarence House in 2015, when he gave him £850,000 in a travel bag.

Founded in 1979 with a mission to change lives and build sustainable communities, the PWCF awards grants to UK registered non-profit organizations to implement projects in the UK, the Commonwealth and abroad.

The latest questions come after the Metropolitan Police launched an investigation into money for honor allegations involving Michael Fawcett, the Prince of Wales’s former confidante.

A Clarence House spokesperson said: “Charitable donations received from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim were immediately passed on to one of the Prince’s charities who carried out proper governance and assured us that all proper processes were followed.”

The scandal comes months after assistant Michael Fawcett was forced to resign over a cash-for-honours storm

The scandal comes months after assistant Michael Fawcett was forced to resign over a cash-for-honours storm

Bill of £226,000 for flying William and Kate on a Caribbean tour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s flights for their controversial Caribbean tour have cost taxpayers more than £226,000, the royal accounts have revealed.

It was the most expensive trip by a member of the royal family in the past fiscal year.

Total travel costs for the monarchy’s official duties, funded by taxpayers through the Sovereign Grant, were £4.5million in 2021-2022 – a 41 per cent increase – as members of the royal family resumed overseas travel on request. from the UK government amid lifting of Covid restrictions.

The Prince of Wales’ charter flight to Barbados to mark the country’s transition to a republic was worth over £138,000.

But royal aides revealed that the future king had “personally” led the way in switching to using sustainable jet fuel on royal flights.

The ministerial RAF Voyager jet – used by the Royal Family and Government – now runs on sustainable aviation fuel, just like the Queen’s helicopter.

Sir Clive Alderton, the Prince’s chief private secretary, said: ‘The Prince has personally driven the move to using sustainable jet fuel.’

A leading royal source said Charles was working to reconcile “the conflict” between his responsibilities on royal duties and his role as an environmentalist.

“There is a rigorous process where you only get first class travel options when every other option fails,” the source added.

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