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Watchdog drops Prince Charles charity probe

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Prince Charles’ charity won’t face a Charity Commission probe, it has been announced.

It follows allegations that a former Qatari prime minister paid him €3m in cash.

The Charity Commission had been considering since last month whether it needed to launch a review into the donation but the watchdog has now said it has no plans to take any action.

A Charity Commission spokesperson said: “We have assessed the information provided by the charity and have determined there is no further regulatory role for the commission.”

The Sunday Times had reported that the donations from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim were allegedly personally accepted by Prince Charles during three meetings between 2011 and 2015 , with the money being passed on to the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation.

Sir Ian Cheshire, chair of the foundation, said: "It is disappointing that over 40 years of our charitable grants, totalling over £70m to various good causes, should be overshadowed by unfounded suggestions of improper management.”

Seperately Scotland’s charity watchdog is investigating the financial dealings of a property company linked to Prince Charles’s eco-village in Ayrshire. 

Havisham Properties, owned by Tory peer Lord David Brownlow, bought 11 homes on the Knockroon estate development near Cumnock. 

The probe was launched after the Sunday Times published allegations that Prince Charles gave Lord Brownlow a royal honour at Buckingham Palace in 2018 after the 58-year-old made millions of pounds of donations to the heir’s charities. 



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