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01/22/2014 06:24 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Charity Once Backed By Princess Diana Pays For CEO's Kids To Attend Private School

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A humanitarian organization that Princess Diana fervently supported during her lifetime has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to send its CEO’s children to some of the most expensive private schools in England, the Telegraph reported.

HALO Trust, a London-based organization, works in 14 war-torn countries -- including Afghanistan, Colombia and Sri Lanka –- to clear dangerous landmines. The organization, which won Princess Diana’s support in the '90s and now calls Prince Harry its patron, is under fire for reportedly paying exorbitant tuition fees for CEO Guy Willoughby's children, according to the Telegraph.

According to the paper, Willoughby makes about $350,000 a year. For more than a decade, Willoughby has been billing HALO for the costs of sending his four kids to elite private schools, an expense that was covered under his salary package -- but that the public was not made aware of.

Read the entire Telegraph story here.

In a statement released to The Huffington Post via email, HALO noted that Willoughby -- who has been leading the organization since it was founded 25 years ago -- deserves a competitive salary, especially considering that he "leads from the front putting his life in danger regularly."

The organization also said that it needs to attract top talent for such a demanding job, and offering perks -- such as paying for schooling for children of senior staff who have devoted more than seven years of service –- was deemed appropriate.

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