Like out of a movie, there is a sleeping prince, waiting for a miracle to wake him up. Since 2005, Al Walid bin Khalid bin Talal al Saud, a Saudi prince has been in a coma after a car accident he suffered in London when he was only 18 years old. His parents refuse to follow medical advice and disconnect him from the machine that keeps him alive.
The “sleeping prince” family does not want to disconnect him because they assure that “God is capable of bringing him back to life.”
Since his tragic accident, he spent about ten years in the intensive care unit at a hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and about four years ago he was transferred to his family residence, to be taken care of in privacy. Over the years there have been rumors of his death but his family has constantly denied those allegations.
“God who guarded his soul for more than a decade is able to bring him back to life,” Khaled bin Talal the father of the Sleeping Prince, said a few months ago.
Al Walid is a nephew of one of Saudi Arabia’s top billionaires Al Walid bin Talal and a member of the royal family.
His clan is one of the most atypical and liberal within the royal family. They own Kingdom Holding, a company that groups assets distributed throughout the world with wealth that Forbes magazine estimates at $17 billion. They have stakes in Apple, Twitter, Citigroup, Four Seasons, Disney, among a few others of the biggest companies in the world.
The Sleeping Prince father, Khaled bin Talal, maintains political disagreements with the Saudi Arabian central administration. He was actually arrested in 2017 for that. He has been freed ever since and he remains hoping for a miracle that awakes his son from his eternal sleep.