However, when a Saudi princess tried a moonlight flit from the five-star hotel where she owed €6 million it was never going to end well — not least because of her retinue of 60 servants and a mountain of suitcases.
Princess Maha Al-Sudairi’s planned escape with her entourage immediately led staff at the exclusive Shangri-La hotel in Paris to call police. And when officers showed up at 3.30am last Friday the wayward ex-wife of Saudi Crown Prince and deputy prime minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz — who is second-in-line to the Saudi throne — was stopped as her extensive luggage was being bundled into a fleet of limousines.
However, owing to diplomatic immunity, the police were unable to arrest or even charge her with an offence. In the meantime the princess and her small army of servants have been offered refuge from their troubles — at another luxury hotel, the Royal Monceau, near the Champs-Elysees. This is not the first time the royal has found herself in hot water. Her global over-spending has been well-documented in the past. In 2009, fashion chain Key Largo went to court to obtain €89,000 (Rs 61 lakh) owed by the princess.
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