Princess Sara bint Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is the niece of Saudi Arabia's ruler King Abdullah bin Abdulazizsays she is seeking political asylum in the UK as she fears persecution by members of her family and also some of Saudi Arabia's authorities. Princess
The 38 year old mother-of-four, also known as the ‘Barbie Princess’, moved to the UK in with her children in 2007 since falling out with her 80-year-old father, Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud and currently lives in London. She was refused her request to extend her stay in the UK for herself and her children by the Home Office and consequently applied for asylum.
The Saudi embassy in London, she claims, ‘has turned its back on me.’
"All I have ever sought is my legitimate rights, so that my children and I can resume our lives with dignity and I can resume my civil society and development work."
UK ministers will have to assess her claims and decide whether to offer her asylum, thereby defying Saudi officials who want her to return to her native country.
She has also been locked in a long-running inheritance battle with her brother, Prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud, over their dead mother (Princess Moudie bint Abdul Mohsen Alangary)’s £325 million fortune.
The fate of the Princess, currently, hangs in balance.