Hamza bin Al Hussein, the half-brother of the Jordanian monarch, announced, in a message posted on his Twitter account, that he had given up the title of prince.
He said that he concluded that his personal conviction is not in line with the modern approaches, trends and methods of Jordan’s institutions, stressing that he will remain loyal to his country according to his ability in his private life.
Prince Hamzah was placed under house arrest last year, after he accused the rulers in Jordan of corruption and incompetence.
But later in March, Jordan’s royal court published an apology, allegedly signed by Prince Hamzah, asking King Abdullah for forgiveness.
Hamzah bin Al Hussein said in a statement posted on Twitter on Sunday: “After what I witnessed in recent years, I came to the conclusion that my personal convictions instilled in me by my father, which I have tried hard in my life to adhere to, are not in line with the modern approaches, trends and methods of our institutions.”
He added, “From honesty to God and conscience, I see nothing but condescension and abandonment of the title of Emir. I have had the great honor of serving my beloved country and dear people over the years of my life.”
He continued, “I will remain as I have always been and as long as I live loyal to our beloved Jordan.”
In April 2021, Prince Hamzah bin Ali published a video in which he said that he was under house arrest, as part of a campaign against dissenting voices. Jordan’s leaders have been accused of corruption and incompetence.
This came after the arrest of a number of senior officials for their alleged involvement in what was said to be a coup attempt.
Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein denied any wrongdoing, and said he was not a party to any conspiracy.
While the Jordanian army denied placing Hamza under house arrest, Hamza confirmed that he had received orders to stop participating in actions that could destabilize Jordan’s “security and stability.”
King Abdullah later announced in a televised speech that “sedition is buried in its cradle” and said that Hamza was “with his family in his palace under my protection.”
Two high-ranking figures in the royal court were later convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison for the alleged plot, though both denied wrongdoing.
Prince Hamzah was rarely seen in public after what happened. But in March the royal court issued a letter allegedly written by Hamza to his brother.
Hamza reportedly said in his letter at the time:
“Beloved Jordan suffered last year through difficult circumstances and an unfortunate chapter in its history.”
He continued, “The months that have passed since then have given me the opportunity to look honestly, to reflect on myself, and find myself compelled to write to you… I hope we can turn the page of this chapter in the history of our country and our family.”
He added, “You made a mistake, Your Majesty, and people make mistakes, so I bear responsibility for the positions I took and the actions I committed against Your Majesty and our country over the past years, culminating in the events of sedition.”
“I ask forgiveness from His Majesty, knowing that you have always been very forgiving.”
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