I have previously written in this space about how the sovereign of this country took a bunch of cash in the whole give them the sporting event scandal.

Briefcases and suitcases filled with cash.

Why does he still need to keep taking their money?

What are you going to do with it?

It isn’t like you can retire from your job and live on an island somewhere spending it.

You already have more money than you will ever need.

At some point, it is just straight up greed.

Is it payments for something that is still going on?

King Charles


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‘The man who bought London’: Qatar billionaire behind Prince Charles scandal

With an estimated personal net worth of over $1.2bn (almost £1bn) according to Forbes, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani, the former prime minister of Qatar, is one of the country’s richest men – and has often garnered attention because of his wealth and is currently in the headlines over alleged cash donations to Prince Charles.

Sometimes known as “HBJ” in London’s financial circles, the 62-year-old was named the “man who bought London” after he used his wealth, as well as his influence as the head of Qatar’s multibillion dollar sovereign wealth fund, the Qatari Investment Authority, to expand Qatar’s financial assets in London through a series of valuable assets.

In an interview with the Financial Times in 2016, he was described as an unapologetic statesman “known for his willingness to speak his mind, to swing unabashedly from one policy to another”.

Over the years, he has been central in orchestrating Qatar’s involvement in international diplomacy including in Yemen, Syria, and Israel and the Palestinian territories. Al-Thani earned the nickname “peacemaker” for his efforts to broker reconciliations between warring factions in Africa and the Middle East, according to a report by Middle East Eye in 2015.

It might come as little surprise, then, that several years ago the former emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, is rumoured to have remarked that although he ran the country it was his then prime minister, HBJ, who owned it. – Source

Prince Charles given €3m in cash in bags by Qatari politician, according to report

The Prince of Wales accepted bags containing millions of euros in cash during meetings with a senior Qatari politician, according to a report.

Prince Charles was said to have been given a total of €3m (£2.6m) during meetings with Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani, the former prime minister of Qatar.

The cash was handed to the heir to the British throne in a suitcase on one occasion, a holdall on another, as well as in Fortnum & Mason carrier bags, the up-market department store which holds a royal warrant to supply the prince’s household with groceries.

The handovers are alleged to have occurred during meetings between the two men, including a private one-to-one meeting at Clarence House in 2015, it was claimed.

In a statement, a Clarence House spokesperson said the money given during the 2015 meeting was “passed immediately to one of the prince’s charities who carried out the appropriate covenants and assured us that all the correct processes were followed”.

The suitcase containing the cash was given to two of Charles’ advisers who are said to have hand-counted the money. Palace aides are said to have asked Coutts, the private bank which acts for the royal family, to collect the cash.

Each payment was deposited into the accounts of the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF). There is no suggestion the payments were illegal, the Sunday Times reported today. – Source

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