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The princess who turned pauper

A Saudi princess's attempt to flee a five-star hotel in Paris and dodge a five million pound bill was foiled with her large entourage of servants and luggage being just a bit too noticeable.

Princess Maha Al-Sudairi, the wayward ex-wife of Saudi Crown Prince and deputy prime minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, who is second-in-line to the Saudi throne, tried to to dodge paying a hotel bill of 5 million pounds by escaping at night from the Shangri-La hotel. She and her retinue of 60 servants in tow with a mountain of suitcases, were instantly spotted by the hotel staff when filing out at 3.30am (local time) last Friday.

They called the police and she was stopped as her extensive luggage was being bundled into a fleet of limousines, the Daily Mail reported. Most offenders in her position would have been arrested on the spot, charged and perhaps would already be behind bars.

But because the princess is protected by diplomatic immunity, police were unable to arrest or even charge her with an offence.

Instead the French authorities can only approach the Saudi Embassy in a bid to get them to help.

Her global over-spending has been well-documented in the past.
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