The invitation sent to the Saudi prince Mohammed Ben Salman to attend the funeral of Elizabeth II goes badly with the British. Faced with criticism aroused by his possible arrival, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia finally decided not to participate in the event on Monday.
As during his trip to France last July, the announcement of the presence of Saudi Prince Mohammed Ben Salman at the funeral of Elizabeth II was not welcomed under the best auspices in England, so much so that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia reportedly made the decision not to attend the funeral on Monday.
According to a diplomatic source, Saudi Arabia should therefore be represented by Prince Turki bin Mohammed Al Saud, one of King Salman’s great-nephews. A way to appease any tensions that would have aroused the presence of Mohamed Ben Salman.
A controversial figure
Particularly controversial, accused of being behind the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul, Turkey, the Saudi number two is indeed strongly criticized in Europe.
Even Hatice Cengiz, the widow of Jamal Khashoggi, immediately reacted on social media, explaining that the death of the queen was “really a sad event” and that MBS should “not be allowed to stain” the memory of Elizabeth II “by his presence”.
“This is neither the time nor the place for him to seek to normalize his murderous acts. MBS must be held accountable and punished for killing Jamal and countless others,” she wrote.
The Saudi and British royal families, however, appear united. King Salman had also, since the death of Queen Elizabeth, displayed his unwavering support for the new King Charles III.
— Foreign Ministry (@KSAmofaEN) September 15, 2022
In a press release, King Salman explained that he called the one who became King Charles III to “present his condolences” to him and assure him of his “eagerness to strengthen” the ties “between their two friendly countries”.