It’s a sad fact of life: Absolute monarchies generate more crazy stories than democratic republics.
In 2009, Prince Faisal al Thunayan held an underground Halloween party at his residence, inviting over 150 young Saudi men and women.
Prince Faisal is a Cadet prince, meaning that he is not in line for the throne but still enjoys all the protection and perks of being a member of the royal family.
He would be dispatched by beheading, which was reportedly botched so badly that it took four strokes to complete.
The Saudi authorities attempted to keep the whole affair quiet, but it caused international outcry in 1980 when it became the subject of a docu-drama entitled , broadcast on the BBC and PBS.
They are said to have been under the control of three of their half-brothers for the past 14 years, a supposed punishment for racy lifestyles and criticism of the royal family.
Others among the king’s daughters have had successful careers and even championed human rights, so why these four were singled out is something of a mystery.
The death is said to have come after weeks of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of the prince.
Finally, on Valentine’s Day, in a rage fueled by champagne and “sex on the beach” cocktails, Mr.
While only a few years ago, the only nightlife for rich Saudis in Jeddah was informal “dating” in private residences, today, many royal residences have basement bars, discos, entertainment centers, and clubs catering to a growing appetite among the young elite for Western-style nightlife options.