Sir Ian Cheshire, chair of the charity, told the BBC that the "optics" of accepting so much cash did not look good, but that at the time it was not uncommon for wealthy people in the Middle Eastern to use large amounts of cash.
He said that more recent money-laundering regulations would make it unlikely that large amounts of cash would now be offered or accepted.
The Prince of Wales accepted a suitcase containing €1 million in cash from a controversial Qatari politician:
It was one of three lots of cash, totalling €3 million, which Prince Charles personally received from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, the former prime minister of Qatar, between 2011 and 2015.
On one occasion, Sheikh Hamad presented the prince with €1 million, which was reportedly stuffed into carrier bags from Fortnum & Mason, the luxury department store that has a royal charter to provide the prince's groceries and tea.
On another, Charles accepted a holdall containing €1 million during a private one-on-one meeting at Clarence House in 2015.
Previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously.
Was he at least smart enough to stash the cases somewhere safe?
Street Value: TWO DOLLARS!
At the time was < 10 years ago..
Also, as a Canadian (and thus having an inferiority complex) I would like to point out that one of our wealthy citizens, accepted $225,000 over 18 months in three totally legitimate cash payments of $75,000 each while serving as Prime Minister. But, try to present *that* defence to a court, and it's almost like doesn't treat everybody equally.
Somewhere safe where they can find it again. A teeny little ice scraper is not going to cut it as a marker.
This is amazing timing; something that happened between 7 and 11 years ago is suddenly worldwide front-page news in June 2022. Why now?
Of course. Other recent headlines:
Just so you know what the Rwanda asylum plan is:
I should also mention that Charles only gave his warrant to Fortnum & Mason in 2019, so bad journalism too. The odd thing is that the Qatari sovereign wealth fund owns Harrods, has done since 2010, so you'd think they'd have used Harrods bags.