We take a closer look at Sara bint Mashour Al Saud, the daughter of Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz, known to the world as The Barbie Princess.
In the West, arguably the fastest way to gain celebrity status is to be involved in showbiz in some form or another, in the Middle East and the Far East it is to be a member of the royal family.
Now, for those of you with a keen interest in the monarchies of various countries, this article looking at Saudi Princess Sara bint Mashour Al Saud should prove to be very insightful and eye-opening indeed.
The daughter of Prince Talal and the third wife of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, this wife, mother, and philanthropist has fans from all over the globe.
Here’s a better look at her.
Who is Sara bint Mashour Al Saud?
Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 1973, Sara Bint Talal was born a member of the house of Saud.
Because of her striking complexion and good looks, she was known as ‘Little Barbie’ from a young age.
Sara bint Mashour Al Saud, unlike a lot of other Saudi women of the House of Saud, was actually schooled by an English governess before attending Riyad’s prestigious King Saud University.
She wed a royal cousin shortly afterwards, though the marriage was short-lived and she found herself divorced whilst still in her early twenties.
Philanthropy And Turmoil
After her divorce, she had a new outlook on life and took after her father’s passion for philanthropy and soon started to run her own charitable organization.
She would often accompany her father to refugee camps as her father was a UNICEF ambassador.
In 2007, things took an ugly turn and she was forced to seek political asylum in the UK along with her 4 children as she was a vocal anti-corruption supporter in the Kingdom and actually had to flee her own father.
Furthermore, she found herself at odds with her brother over a £325 Million fortune left behind by their late mother Moudie bint Abdul Mohsen Alangary.
Her own uncle protected her from her father, as her uncle, the late Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz was a rival of her father until his passing in 2012.
Marriage And Asylum
After her request for asylum was granted, Sara bint Mashour Al Saud became more vocal over her criticism of the laws in the Kingdom, and she called for reforms.
In 2008, she married Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and together they have four children.
In 2012, she requested political asylum in the UK due to threats made to her and her family. This was the first case in which a senior member of the Saudi ruling family requested political asylum.
It is believed that she has resided in the UK since 2007, though this is not confirmed.
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