It is “fine” for Prince Charles to have accepted a suitcase containing €1m in cash from a controversial Qatari politician, a Cabinet minister says.
Brandon Lewis backed the inheritor to the throne amid a gathering row over the cash he accepted the previous prime minister of the Middle East state.
However, the Northern Ireland secretary prevented a query about whether or not the Prince of Wales’ actions threw “his judgement” into doubt – arguing it was not “appropriate” for a authorities minister to reply.
The Sunday Times revealed that the €1m was considered one of three plenty of cash, totalling €3m, which Prince Charles personally obtained from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.
Clarence House mentioned the cash was “passed immediately to one of the prince’s charities who carried out the appropriate governance and assured us that all the correct processes were followed”.
Asked if the prince ought to have accepted the cash, Mr Lewis mentioned he was “confident” from his coping with the Palace that it “will have gone through proper due process”.
“As long as it’s following the law and it goes through proper due process. I think that’s fine,” he instructed the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme.