A distant member of the Saudi Royal Family, Prince Khaled bin Farhan Al Saud, said that the Saudi Kingdom could descend into chaos.
The prince, who hasn’t set foot in his home country since 2013, has shared his stance on the situation in Saudi Arabia in an exclusive interview with the Middle East Eye on Monday.
“I would like to say to Europeans that the situation in Saudi Arabia resembles a volcano that is about to erupt. And if this volcano erupts, it will not only affect the situation inside Saudi Arabia or in the Arab region, but it will also have an effect on you too. This is because Saudi Arabia is diverse in terms of its make-up, whether it’s tribal, societal or even generational,” Prince Khaled bin Farhan told the Middle East Eye.
He went on to explain that a coup in Saudi Arabia could “easily” make the Kingdom a hub for global terrorism, as there is a lack of intra-Saudi cohesion.
“So, if Saudi Arabia descends into a state of chaos, there will be global chaos, and it [Saudi Arabia] will be a source of terrorism for the entire world as it will support and sustain international terrorism,” he claimed.
The prince also warned that Europe and the US would have to “foot the bill” of the collapse of the Saudi state, which he said is the direction the country is headed.
Discussing last year’s so-called anti-corruption campaign, which was led by Mohammed bin Salman, Prince Khaled bin Farhan said, “It was a shock for the entire family because prominent figures in the family were detained in a way that held a great deal of humiliation. It was a shock for the entire family. The family is now facing the undermining of its standing in the eyes of the people. And this will inevitably undermine its legitimacy.”
He proceeded to say that the princes and businessmen were lured to the hotel under the pretext of meeting the king.
“And [the authorities] records their conversations whether on the phone or directly with a person. So they are under personal, severe and humiliating surveillance inside Saudi Arabia and they are not allowed to leave,” Prince Khaled bin Farhan claimed.
“Of course, the imprisonment of the princes created a state of psychological trauma within the entire family, which is represented by two things. Firstly, they fear for their own future as a ruling family in Saudi Arabia. And secondly, they are not happy with the policies being pursued currently, the policies being pursued now which are irrational, erratic and stupid.”
Bin Farhan, a self-proclaimed opposition member has lived in exile in Germany since 2013, when he was given political asylum within two months after arriving in the country.