New documentary on Saudi royal family centers on sex, drugs and murder

“The Weaknesses of King Fahd” tells the story of Janen Harb, who married Fahd in secret at the end of her teenage years and moved to the Saudi royal palace in Riyadh in the late 1960's.

January 26, 2016 09:28
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Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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A new documentary based on the account of an ex-wife of the late Saudi King Fahd bin Abdulaziz al-Saud portrays a lurid story of the royal Saudi family, centered on drugs, sex, gambling, corruption and murder, according to Internet publication earlier this week. 

“The Weaknesses of King Fahd” tells the story of Janan Harb, who secretly married Fahd when she was 20 and moved to the Saudi royal palace in Riyadh in 1967. From there, Harb details the tumultuous relationship between her and the monarch's family, especially his younger brother, current Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

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I call him the butcher from Riyadh," she was quoted as saying. “He didn’t have a good reputation, he was very aggressive.”

Harb, 68, who is of Palestinian decent and currently resides in London, claims that her ex-husband, along with Salman, were frequent visitors to casinos in the UK and used illicit drugs on numerous occasions.

Harb also claims that Fahd forced her to have abortions on three occasions, as he did not want “little Arafats running about the palace,” in reference to late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Eventually, Harb fled Saudi Arabia fearing for her life after learning that Salman was planning to have her and her family killed, added.

The film comes on the heels of a recent court victory for Harb, who claimed that before Fahd's death the late king promised to support her financially for the rest of her life.


His son, however, Prince Abdul Aziz refused to honor his father’s wishes and obey a court order to give her an amount $17 million plus two luxurious London flats. 

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