Jordan’s Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, the former heir to the throne, renounced his royal title on April 3.
In a statement on Twitter, Hamzah announced that he was to “transcend and abandon the title of prince.”
“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,” Hamzah said in the statement.
“I had the great honor of serving my beloved country and my dear people over the years of my life,” Hamzah said, adding that he will remain loyal to Jordan.
The announcement came about a month after the royal court said that Hamzah had apologized to the king for last year’s alleged coup plot that was abandoned.
Last year, Hamzah released a video message, claiming to be placed under house arrest after he accused Jordanian leaders of corruption, incompetence, and harassment.
The video came after a number of high-level arrests said to be in connection to an alleged coup plot, which Hamzah denied being involved in.
The Jordanian military denied that Hamzah was under house arrest. However, they said that he was ordered to stop engaging in actions that could threaten the “security and stability” of the Middle Eastern country.
The king appointed Hamzah as crown prince in 1999, at the request of his late father, King Hussein.
However, in 2004, Hamzah was stripped of the title of crown prince after being seen as too young and inexperienced at the time of King Hussein’s death.
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