Saudi princesses are reportedly being held captive in a Saudi palace, and the princesses have reached out with an impassioned plea for the West to intervene. Two daughters of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia say they are confined to the palace's castle compound in Jeddah – and have been for over a decade – in what is being called a fairy tale nightmare.
According to the Inquisitr on March 13, Saudi princesses Sahar and Jawaher Abdullah sent an email to the UN and to The Sunday Times of London requesting intervention, saying they're being held against their will by their father and king.
UK’s Sunday Times broke the story, stating the daughters sent their plea from the closely guarded villa that they share on the palace grounds. Their petition to the UN included details on two of their sisters who they say are also being held under duress.
Per the Times:
Princesses Sahar, 42, and Jawaher, 38, have appealed for help in emails and phone calls to The Sunday Times from the closely guarded villa they say they share.
“We slowly watch each other fading into nothingness,” they wrote in an email.
They said their sister Hala, 39, held alone in another villa, had told them “that her mind is slipping away. . . that the life is being sucked out of her . . .”
A fourth sister, Maha, 41, is also held separately in another villa in the palace compound, they said.
The princesses’ explosive claims open a window onto the usually closed world of the secretive royal family in a country where women’s rights are strictly curtailed.
The allegations made by the princesses were submitted to the UN human rights office. Xabier Celaya, of the UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, confirmed receipt of the complaints, but would not comment on any timeline for a response or if the assertions were even actionable.
Celaya said that U.N. officials are "not in a position to confirm if any action has been taken on this case."
According to the Inquisitr, the princesses’ mother Alanoud Alfayez, who is divorced from the king and now lives in London, has also interceded on behalf of her daughters, communicating to the UN that the girls are “cut off from the world.”
The Inquisitr rounds out the rest of this bizarre story:
The imprisoned princesses allegedly got their father’s disapproval because of their reputation of being “party-going” women, as well as their vocal opinion toward the poverty situation in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi law states that the Saudi King can legally compel his daughters to remain within the confines of the palace by virtue of his right to limit their travel. All females are required to have a male guardian like a father, brother, or husband.