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.
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