Queen Elizabeth makes public appearance as Prince Charles controversy looms

Queen Elizabeth II made an appearance in Scotland on Monday to kick off Holyrood Week 2022, marking her first public outing since celebrating her Platinum Jubilee.

The Queen took part in an ancient ceremony at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, where she was accompanied by her son Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

The 96-year-old ruler, who continued to experience mobility issues, used a walking aid during the appearance.

Later in the week, the Queen will be joined by her son, Prince Charles, for engagements in Scotland.

The Prince of Wales, who recently represented the Queen at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Rwanda, made headlines over the weekend after a Sunday Times investigation revealed the heir to the throne had accepted bags of money from a Qatari politician years ago and used the funds for his personal charities.

Queen Elizabeth II attends the Ceremony of the Keys in the forecourt of the Palace of Holyroodhouse on June 27 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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The report said the prince accepted around $3.2 million in cash from Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, who allegedly handed over cash in a shopping bag and department store suitcase during the meetings that took place between 2011 and 2015.

Prince Charles’ Clarence House denied any wrongdoing in a statement.

“Charitable donations received from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim were immediately transferred to one of the Prince’s charities who exercised proper governance and assured us that all correct processes were followed,” they told CNN. in a press release.

Although the cash exchange is technically not illegal, the anti-monarchy group Republic says it is calling on MPs, the Prince of Wales and the Charity Commission for England and Wales for more transparency.

“This story is shocking. Prince Charles met with Sheikh Hamad privately, with no officials present and without disclosure of the meeting in the court circular,” Republic CEO Graham Smith said in an emailed statement. at HuffPost this weekend.

Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Platinum Pageant on June 5 in London,
Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Platinum Pageant on June 5 in London,

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“Sheikh Hamad faces serious human rights charges and has significant financial and other interests here in the UK,” Smith added. “Given that Prince Charles has direct access to the British Prime Minister and all government ministers, as well as all cabinet documents, this raises serious ethical questions about what the sheikh expected in return.”

The Prince Charles controversy follows a London police investigation launched last year after the Sunday Times reported that one of Charles’s closest aides, Michael Fawcett, tried to help a Saudi citizen to obtain both knighthood and citizenship after donating $2 million to the Prince’s. Foundation.

“The Prince of Wales had no knowledge of the alleged offer of honors or British citizenship on the basis of a donation to his charities,” Clarence House said at the time. The former assistant resigned.


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