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Prince Charles reportedly accepted bags with millions in cash from Qatari PM

Britain's Prince Charles reads the Queen's Speech as he sits by the Imperial State Crown, in the House of Lords chamber, during the State Opening of Parliament, at the Houses of Parliament, in London, on May 10, 2022. (Alastair Grant / POOL / AFP)
Britain's Prince Charles reads the Queen's Speech as he sits by the Imperial State Crown, in the House of Lords chamber, during the State Opening of Parliament, at the Houses of Parliament, in London, on May 10, 2022. (Alastair Grant / POOL / AFP)

The UK’s Prince Charles accepted bags of cash worth $3.2 million from then-Qatari prime minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani from 2011 to 2015, the Sunday Times of London reports.

The paper reports that Charles’s aides were uncomfortable with the transfers but did little to intervene.

Thani served as premier from 2007 to 2013.

The cash was reportedly handed over in duffel bags, a suitcase and branded shopping bags from the Fortnum & Mason department store.

Charles’s office claims the money was transferred to a charity run by the prince but he has long been accused of using his charities’ bank account for his own personal finances.

Today’s revelation adds to the speculation of a “cash-for-access culture” surrounding Prince Charles. Earlier this year his longtime aide, Michael Fawcett, resigned after it was revealed he used his position to help a Saudi billionaire receive a “golden visa for the UK” and various honors in turn for cash donations.

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