'I Have Erred, Forgive Me': Jordan's King Gets Apology From Prince Accused of 'Malicious Plot'

Prince Hamzah was placed under house arrest last year following accusations that he was involved in a plan to destabilize the kingdom

Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury
King of Jordan Abdullah II (front R), Prince Hamzah bin Hussein (rear C) and Prince Hassan bin Talal (L), Jordan 2021.
King of Jordan Abdullah II (front R), Prince Hamzah bin Hussein (rear C) and Prince Hassan bin Talal (L), Jordan 2021.Credit: Jordanian Royal Council / Anadolu Agency via AFP
Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury

Jordan's estranged Prince Hamzah on Tuesday issued a letter to his half-brother, King Abdullah II, apologizing for his actions last year, which caused the most serious public rift in the ruling family in decades.

Prince Hamzah bin Hussein was placed under a form of house arrest in April last year, following accusations that he was involved in a “malicious plot” to destabilize the kingdom.

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Hamzah then denied the accusations and accused Jordan's government of corruption and incompetence.

In his letter to King Abdullah II, carried by state news agency Petra, Prince Hamzah said the months that passed since the scandal afforded him the "opportunity to honestly look within and self-reflect," and that he hoped they could "turn the page on this chapter in our country’s and our family’s history."

"I have erred, Your Majesty, and to err is human. I, therefore, bear responsibility for the stances I have taken and the offenses I have committed against Your Majesty and our country over the past years, culminating in the events of the sedition case. I seek Your Majesty’s forgiveness, knowing that you have always been very forgiving," the letter continued.

During his house arrest last year, Hamza said in a video recording the regime was attempting to silence him from criticizing corruption. Jordanian state media, however, denied that he was detained or put under restrictions.

Hamzah signed a letter shortly after, pledging allegiance to King Abdullah II. In July last year, a Jordanian court sentenced a former royal confidant, Bassem Awadallah, alongside a minor royal to 15 years in jail on charges of attempting to destabilize the monarchy.

The court said it had confirmed evidence backing the charges against the pair and that they had both been determined to harm the monarchy by pushing Hamzah as an alternative to the king.

Hamzah had been widely expected to succeed Abdullah as Jordan's next king, until the monarch made his own son, Prince Hussein, heir instead in 2004, in line with family tradition.

"I apologize to Your Majesty, to the people of Jordan, and to our family, for my actions which, God willing, will not be repeated. I reaffirm, as I have pledged before our uncle His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal, that I will follow in the footsteps of our forefathers, and remain loyal to their legacy, devoted to their path of service to the people of Jordan, and committed to our Constitution, under Your Majesty’s wise leadership," Hamzah's letter published on Tuesday concluded.

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