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A Saudi Arabian Princess Has Better Things To Worry About Than Paying Her Hotel Bill

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June 4, 2012 at 10:45 AM | by | ()

Poor Shangri-La Paris. It sure has a ton going for it—horse-drawn carriage rides at Christmas time, gorgeous Eiffel Tower views. But that prestige wasn't enough to stop a Saudi Arabian princess from stiffing the hotel on a six-month bill worth over $7 million.

Yup. After booking the entire seventh floor of the hotel for herself and a 60-person entourage, at a cost of EUR 20,000 per night, and remaining there from Christmas until Thursday of last week, Princess Maha al-Sudari tried sneaking out in the middle of the night without so much as tipping the bellhop.

And the worst part? This wasn't the first time.

The princess, former wife of Prince Nayef ben Abdel Aziz, who is second in line to the throne in Saudi Arabia, allegedly pulled a similar stunt back in 2009, when she was staying at the Four Seasons George V. RT reports that after gallivanting around shops like Dior, Chaumet and O Caprices De Lili, al-Sudari abruptly left town, owing over $15 million to 30 different stores, not including her bill at the Four Seasons, which also went unpaid.

See, the thing is, because of her diplomatic immunity, Parisian law enforcers have no way of making her hand over the money. Which leaves shop owners and hotel managers to fend for themselves when it comes time to collect their fees.

"Just a few years ago, while staying at a different five-star hotel in Paris, al-Sudairi spent money like it was going out of style. She was accompanied by a representative of her entourage, who would present store managers with an official“payment to follow” document. Unfortunately, it never did.

Al-Sudairi’s diplomatic status meant there was nothing anyone could do. As a royal aide told reporters: 'I'm afraid we can't go around settling bills for the Princess's knickers.'"

Boy, what a great line. We think we'll use that one on our next five-stay Parisian hotel stay. Though when we try it out, we think it'll have to be some place other than Shangri-La. They've been though enough this year.

[Photo: Eric Rosen/HotelChatter]

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