The Saudi Royal family has long been accused of not paying their bills, but few have acquired the reputation of Maha al-Sudani, the former wife of Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Nayef ben Abdel Aziz. The princess was stopped trying to flee the Shangri-La hotel in Paris at 3:30 am without paying her six million euro ($7.4 million) bill. It is hard to sneak out of a hotel with an entourage 60 people.
The police and the Saudi ambassador were called in. The princess invoked diplomatic immunity and was able to leave her not-so-humble abode. She previously walked out on a bill from fashion company Key Largo which went to court to get payment on the 89,000 euros owed them.
That is about the amount she owed in lingerie from 2009. She racked up €70,000 (£60,000) in undergarments from O Caprices De Lili store. She also walked out on “fashion chain Dior, jewellery outlets Chaumet and Victoria Casal, and at least one luxury hotel.”
Diplomatic immunity increasingly makes headlines for its misuse to forgive flagrant legal violations, including that vital diplomatic function of fishing with a permit.
I find it fascinating that the Saudi routinely cut the hands off people who steal items from stores, but the Royal family attempt to steal millions without being subjected to Sharia law.