The aide has responded to reports that between 2011and 2015 Prince Charles accepted up to €3million (£2.5million) in cash stuffed in bags from a Qatari Sheikh for his charity. The aide said it would “not happen again”.
Speaking to The Sunday Times, the aide said: “As we said over the weekend, it was passed immediately to his 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 of the right processes, the auditors looked at it.”
The aide added: “The Prince of Wales operates on advice. Situations, contexts change over the years.
“For more than half a decade, with the situation as it has evolved, this has not happened – and it would not happen again. That was then, this is now, and they are not the same.”
The money, which totalled €3million, was handed to the Prince directly on three separate occasions by Qatar’s former prime minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.
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