We’ve all heard it before: a king wants to be loved, but his kingdom doesn’t want you to know it.
“I’ve always wanted to be like that king, but I can’t find anyone who loves me,” says the 34-year-old, who’s currently on the run in Saudi Arabia.
A day after his arrest on charges of assaulting a police officer, he made an unexpected appearance at his father’s villa in Saudi’s King Khalid province, where he said goodbye to his family and his supporters.
The kingdom’s ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has already announced plans to ban social media.
However, while the young man was reportedly in the royal palace to meet his father, the kingdom’s top court ordered that his family stay indoors for a few hours while the charges were investigated.
It’s not the first time a Saudi prince has been arrested.
In 2013, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, then the country’s crown prince, was arrested on charges related to the killing of protesters in the Arab Spring uprisings.
He spent five years in prison, including several months in solitary confinement, and spent much of his time in solitary.
As the prince’s son, Prince Faisal bin Abdul Aziz al Saud, was in the palace at the time, he was allowed to see his father at least three times a week.
King Salman has been praised for keeping the kingdom united and for his support of the United States in the war against ISIS.
But his royal court has a long history of infighting, corruption, and political infighting.
After taking power in early 2018, he appointed a new king to replace his uncle, Crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who had been king for two decades.
Faisal is a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, who is now in Saudi jail on corruption charges.
Meanwhile, the king’s daughter and son-in-law have both been arrested for corruption charges and face trial for their alleged role in the kingdom.
While many are praising the king for keeping his kingdom united, the prince has had to cope with a number of personal problems in recent years.
According to a Reuters report from March 2018, a royal court official said that he is facing financial difficulties that may include a legal dispute over a £15 million loan from the US government.
On top of that, Faisals son and daughter-in the royal family have both had to face accusations of corruption charges stemming from an investigation into their financial transactions, according to the Reuters report.
Last year, the King Salman regime released a statement saying it would investigate the king and his son on corruption-related charges.
The royal court’s response to the charges was “an insult to the crown prince’s character and his ability to lead the country,” the statement read.
So far, the crown and the royal court have not commented on the claims.
Despite the growing public interest in Faisalis arrest, the royal house has not released any official comment.