Princess Basmah bint Saud
Basmah bint Saud is a businesswoman and a member of House of Saud on a mission for reforms in Saudi Arabia. She lives in Acton, London since 2010.”
Princess Basmah, born, March 1, 1964, is the youngest of King Saud’s 115 children. Her mother, Jamila Merhi, Syrian, was chosen as King Saud’s wife in arranged marriage during pilgrimage visit to Mecca.
Basmah bint Saud saw her father only twice. The Princess was born towards the last days of the father’s reign, was raised in Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon. 1975 Lebanon’s Civil War, Basmah family fled to seek asylum in Britain.
Princess Basmah attended French school in Beirut, Hertfordshire girl’s school and college in London – and spent two years studying in Switzerland. In 2003, the mother went back with her to Syria. Basmah enrolled for medicine, psychology and English Literature study at Beirut Arab University.
Beirut University is to Lebanon, what Harvard University is to United States of America. This University has produced the cream of the Arab world leaders.
The Princess is in a class of her own in the all male dominated list of prominent graduates of Beirut making significant contribution with a mission for reform agenda. That explains her zeal for change advocacy campaign in the administration of affairs in Saudi Arabia.
Basmah founded a chain of restaurants in Saudi Arabia after divorce from her Saudi husband. She’s nursing ambitious plans to spread her restaurant chain business wings into Britain. This Princess is the Middle East Oprah Winfrey, owning and running Media Ecco business.
In addition to the two thriving businesses, the Princess is creating ripples with mouth watering cuisines in the hotel industry through her catering firm. Plans are underway to expand the catering business. There’s no telling Basmah’s next move in the business world.
What Others Say
Basmah is actively involved in collective participation in different social institutions and human rights organizations. She’s been published in Al Madina newspaper advocating the setting up of Islamic institution to promote international relationships between the Arab and Western nations.
The Princess is forthright, fearless and frank in her blogging as a true believer in the old adage,
“The pen is mightier than the sword.” The views expressed in her website lend credence to these words.
In another development, this remarkable woman has been quoted to deliver hard hitting messages on the ban regarding mixed gatherings between men and women and calling for action in relaxation of laws on women clothing.
Underneath all the tough talk is a fragile woman whose heart is broken by injustice.
“I felt like I was physically beaten up. I felt bruised psychologically and mentally,” the Daily Mirror report reveals. Small wonder she’s been the target of fraud.
“Princess Basmah – is being held to ransom by a man who plans to embarrass her with a video – if she does not pay him £320, 000,” the Daily Mail reported. The blackmailer threatened to make public a video showing the Princess blowing a kiss and smoking without covering her head. This is one of many attempts to defraud the Princess and silence her reform agenda.
Princess Basmah was once married to one member of the Al Sharif family in 1988. The marriage didn’t work out leading to divorce in 2007. Basmah bint Saud has five children from this marriage. Three of the children live with her Acton in Britain. The five children, three daughters and two sons, are Saud, Sara, Samahir, Sohood and Ahmad.