In an interview with an Arabic TV network, the princesses said that they are being held as punishment for their stance on women’s rights and opposition to male guardianship over women.
The Saudi authorities have never charged them with a crime and refer to it as a “private matter.” In an email with a Middle East current affairs site, Princess Sahar explained the dire nature of their plight: We, along with our mother, have always been vocal all our lives about poverty, women’s rights and other causes that are dear to our hearts. It did not sit well with him and his sons Mitab and Abdel Aziz and their entourage. We have been treated abysmally all our lives, but it got worse during the past 15 years.
It’s a sad fact of life: Absolute monarchies generate more crazy stories than democratic republics.
While the common people of the Saudi state are subject to strict rules and tender mercies of the religious police, the royal family are subject to no such restrictions and live lives of luxury and adventure.
The religious police were kept at bay by , young Nigerian bodyguards of a similar age who grow up with their princes and serve for life and are considered utterly loyal.