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 dodge paying a hotel bill of 5 million pounds by escaping at night from the Shangri-La hotel.
She, along with her retinue of 60 servants carrying a mountain of suitcases, was instantly spotted by 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.
However, 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.
The princess arrived in Paris with her entourage on December 23 last year and booked an entire 41-room floor of the Shangri-La.
In the meantime, the princess and her servants have been offered refuge at another luxury hotel, the Royal Monceau, near the Champs-Elysees.