The chairman of the Prince Charles‘s charity has resigned amid an investigation into its initial acceptance of a six-figure sum from a Russian banker previously convicted of money laundering.
Dmitry Leus believed he had given £500,000 to the Prince’s Foundation through third-party fixers, previous reports revealed.
But the foundation says that only £100,000 was forwarded – a donation which was initially accepted before the ethics committee intervened.
The Scottish Charity Regulator launched the probe following reports that Charles wrote a letter thanking Leus for the money and suggesting they could meet after the pandemic.
Chairman Douglas Connell said he was to blame ‘if it appears that serious misconduct may have taken place’.
The Scottish Charity Regulator launched the probe following reports that Charles (left) wrote a letter thanking Dmitry Leus (right) for the money and suggesting they could meet after the pandemic
In the letter (above) The Prince of Wales told Russian financier Dmitry Leus he was ‘very much looking forward to seeing’ him and explained how ‘incredibly grateful’ he was to him for his six-figure donation to the Prince’s Foundation
‘I am both shocked and dismayed by newspaper reports that rogue activity of various kinds may have taken place within and outside the Prince’s Foundation,’ he said in a statement.
‘I believe that the correct course of action is for the chair to accept that responsibility and to stand down from the role.’
The foundation’s ethics committee declined the donation after discovering Leus had been convicted of money laundering in Russia in 2004.
He had the conviction overturned and claims he was the victim of a politically motivated prosecution.
Lord Thurso (left), Prince Charles (centre), and Michael Fawcett (right). Mr Fawcett is accused of helping coordinate an honour relating to the Saudi businessman Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz
Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz, pictured with Prince Charles in 2016, is listed as a supporter on the Prince’s Foundation website and was given a royal honour from Queen Elizabeth II
A former aide to the prince earlier this month stepped down temporarily as chief executive of the Prince’s Foundation while a probe is conducted into claims he offered to help secure an honour and British citizenship for a wealthy donor.
Michael Fawcett is accused of helping coordinate an honour relating to the Saudi businessman Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz.
Mahfouz is listed as a supporter on the Prince’s Foundation website and was given a royal honour from Queen Elizabeth II in 2016.
The foundation aims to ‘provide holistic solutions to challenges facing the world today’, according to its website.
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