Jordan's Prince Hamzah relinquishes the title of prince

This month, Jordan's Royal Court published an apology letter it said came from Prince Hamzah after a public feud with the monarch last year

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 09, 2015 shows Jordan's Prince Hamzah Bin Al-Hussein attends a press event in Amman where Prince Ali announced his bid to succeed FIFA president Joseph Blatter. A top former Jordanian royal aide was among several suspects arrested on April 3, 2021, as the army cautioned Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, the half-brother of King Abdullah II against damaging the country's security. Hamzah is the eldest son of late King Hussein and his American wife Queen Noor. He has good relations officially with Abdullah and is a popular figure close to tribal leaders. / AFP / KHALIL MAZRAAWI

Jordan's Prince Hamzah has relinquished the title of prince, according to a statement posted on his official Twitter account.

“After what I have touched and witnessed in recent years, I have concluded that my personal convictions and the values that my father instilled in me, and which I tried hard in my life to adhere to, are not in line with the approaches, trends and modern methods of our institution,” Prince Hamzah wrote in his statement.

“So from the perspective of faithfulness to God and good conscience, I do not see any choice except to give up and relinquish the title of prince.”

This month, Jordan's Royal Court published an apology letter it said came from Prince Hamzah, the half-brother of King Abdullah II, who had a feud with the monarch last year.

State media said in April that Prince Hamzah bin Hussein was trying to destabilise the kingdom and was involved in a plot that threatened the throne.

The Jordanian government launched a security investigation last year after revealing that a former minister, a member of the royal family and some other individuals had tried to target the country’s “security and stability,” the Jordan News Agency, Petra reported at the time.

Jordan's King Abdullah II with his half brother Prince Hamzah, right, in 2001. Photo: AP

Two people linked to Prince Hamzah were convicted of sedition and sentenced in July to 15-year jail terms. A security court handled the case.

The men jailed were Bassem Awadallah, former chief of the Royal Court, and Sharif Hassan, a member of the royal family.

The prince has not been seen in public for 10 months.

Updated: April 04, 2022, 3:07 AM
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