Jordan Prince Hamzah bin al-Hussein has announced he is relinquishing his royal title over a family feud that has included allegations of corruption, a house arrest, and power struggles.
In a statement posted to Twitter, Hamzah wrote: “Following what I have witnessed in recent years, I have come to the conclusion that my personal convictions which my father instilled in me, and which I tried hard in my life to adhere to, are not in line with the approaches, trends and modern methods of our institutions.”
“From the matter of honesty to God and conscience, I see nothing but to transcend and abandon the title of prince. I had the great honour of serving my beloved country and my dear people over the years of my life.”
“I will remain as I have always been and as long as I live,” the letter concluded, “loyal to our beloved Jordan.”
His protest against how the country is being run comes on the heels of a public apology to his half-brother, who is the king of Jordan, which was thought would end the family feud though he remains under house arrest.
Jordan’s Royal Court had no immediate comment but Queen Noor, who has been outspoken in support of Hamzah in the past, retweeted the and responded with a prayer-hands emoji.
Hamzah, the son of the late King Hussein and supposed heir apparent was placed under house arrest by the monarch last April after being accused of involvement in a “malicious” foreign-born plot to destabilize the country. A charge he denied and claimed was a retaliation against his outspokenness against incompetence and corruption by government elites.
After a reported “mediation” between the siblings’ spokespeople, Hamzah signed a letter declaring his loyalty to the king, which was released by the palace. “The interests of the homeland must remain above every consideration,” the letter concluded. “We must all stand behind the king in his efforts to protect Jordan and its national interests.”
He has only been seen in public once since then.