Mon 04 April 2022:
Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, half-brother of Jordan’s King Abdullah II said on Sunday he is renouncing his title of prince.
“After what I have witnessed over the past years, I have come to the conclusion that my personal convictions and the values that my father instilled in me… are not in line with the approaches, trends or modern methods of our institutions,” he wrote in the statement posted on Twitter.
He wrote that he was driven to the decision because his convictions cannot be reconciled with the “current approaches, policies and methods of our institutions.”
It was the latest chapter in an ongoing palace feud that saw the junior royal placed under house arrest a year ago.
He stopped short of directly criticising King Abdullah II and the ruling elites, as he had done in the past, but his tone signalled that the rift has not been mended, as the Royal Hashemite Court suggested in the past.
The Royal Hashemite Court made no immediate comment.
Abdullah and Hamzah are sons of King Hussein, who ruled Jordan for nearly a half-century before his death in 1999. Abdullah had appointed Hamzah as crown prince upon his succession but stripped him of the title in 2004.
The monarch had placed Hamzah under house arrest last April for his alleged plot to destabilise the Western-allied kingdom.
In a video statement at the time, Hamzah denied the allegations, saying he was being punished for speaking out against official corruption.
Last month, Hamzah apologised to his brother, according to a letter released by the Royal Hashemite Court at the time. Hamzah went on to express hope that “we can turn the page on this chapter in our country’s and our family’s history.”
It was not immediately clear if Hamzah’s decision to relinquish his title will help restore his freedom of movement. Hamzah has only appeared in public once since the feud. In February, the court announced the birth of Hamzah’s son.
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