Princess Basma bint Saud, a Saudi businesswoman and a member of the House of Saud, has been blackmailed for no less than £320,000 by man faking to be a sheikh!
The princess, once married to Shujaa Al Sharif, divorced in 2007, and has been living in Acton, UK, with three out of her five children.
HRH Princess Basma Bint Saud Bin Abdul Aziz the youngest daughter to the Second King of Saudi Arabia and Niece to current King Abdullah and a staunch and vocal advocate of reforms in Saudi Arabia.
She went public after the man demanded money claiming he had a video of her smoking and blowing kisses with her head un covered. She claims the video was stolen from her laptop and is nothing more than a conspiracy to discredit her. She claims it is a video of a chat she was having with her son over Skype.
She received a message on Facebookfrom a man claiming to be a friend, who she refuses to name but described as a sheikh in his 30s from the United Arab Emirates.
She later discovered the account had been hacked by her blackmailer.
She said: 'He sent me a message saying how fascinated he is by my work, how he admired my writings and how I was a hero of the Arab world.'
She continued corresponding and then had a long video conversation via the internet just after Christmas.
'He was a young man. He started getting emotional, saying he would be coming to see me and that I had to see him. He said he was very attracted to me and I started to become suspicious.'
She felt the man, who resembled the sheikh, was trying to entrap her into saying potentially embarrassing things of a sexual nature and confronted him.
She believes the blackmail attempt is part of a wider conspiracy to discredit both herself and the Saudi Royal Family.
A statement on her websitereads: “This is a message I want everyone to hear. I want to state clearly that I am a humanitarian not an activist. I do not follow any agendas, only that of humanity, not only in Saudi Arabia, but all over the world.
I have recently been threatened and blackmailed by a large organisation which has wielded its power to try and destroy my reputation. I have recorded these attempts and therefore have evidence which I will publish via social media exposing the attempts to quiet my voice.”
Even though the footage in the video is hardly scandalous, from a Saudi and Islamic perspective, it is nothing short of just that!
The plot thickened when princess Basma claimed that the 'Sheikh' had connections to the anonymous Twitter user, Mujtahhid, a well known Saudi intelligence insider who regularly leaks information on his Twitter account about the Saudi royal family.
Here’s hoping somebody gets to the root of it all and soon!