Driving the Saudis: A Chauffeur's Tale of the World's Richest Princesses (plus their servants, nannies, and one royal hairdresser)

By Jayne Amelia Larson

The true-to-life account of a feminine chauffeur employed to force the Saudi royal family members in Los Angeles.

After greater than a decade of operating in Hollywood, actress Jayne Amelia Larson chanced on herself out of good fortune, out of labor, and out of customers.

When she acquired employed to force for the Saudi royal relations vaca­tioning in Beverly Hills, Larson proposal she’d been passed the golden price tag. She’d heard tales of the Saudis bestowing $20,000 tips and Rolex watches on their drivers, but if the kinfolk arrived at LAX with twenty million funds in funds, Larson learned that she could be in for the journey of her lifestyles.

With awestruck humor and deep compassion, Larson stocks the marvelous insights she received because the lone woman in a aspect of greater than 40 chauffeurs assigned to force a gorgeous Saudi princess, her kinfolk, and their wide entourage.

At its middle, this can be an upstairs-downstairs, true-to-life fantasy for our worldwide instances; a narrative concerning the corruption that just about limitless wealth reasons, and approximately what all of us do for funds. equivalent components humorous, brilliant, and insightful, Driving the Saudis presents either leisure and sharp social observation on one of many world’s so much secretive households.

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The prince and that i by no means officially met (I wasn’t brought to any of the men). I in basic terms observed him from a distance sometimes, whilst he may nod courteously to me. He used to be narrow and intensely tall for his age, dressed smartly and conservatively, and customarily all in white. I observed that he paid nice awareness to every thing taking place round him with out remarking on it, and that i may possibly inform that he used to be very shiny. This younger prince constantly learn books within the automobile. He was once taking summer season extension university periods at USC from morning until eventually evening, and Santiago stated he went via a e-book an afternoon whereas using within the automobile. along with another princess, he used to be the single Saudi I ever met who learn books. the various royals leafed via magazines, yet I by no means observed a person from this team with a publication in hand or in any in their rooms. Santiago acknowledged he heard the younger guy speaking approximately his great-great-great-grandfather, boasting that he used to be a noble and valiant warrior and that the dominion of Saudi Arabia existed simply because his relatives reconquered lands that were robbed from them. He was once very happy with this truth, most likely in a lot an identical means that i'm pleased with my father for being a winning self-made businessman. The prince had general assigned safeguard who traveled with him continually at any place he went, in addition to an older Egyptian nanny who doted on him. I questioned why he wanted a nanny at that age, yet i used to be instructed nanny frequently remains till her cost is married in his twenties or maybe thirties and acts as extra of a secretary or handler through that point. Santiago informed me that the protection and nanny might wait outdoors within the courtyard at USC with their eyes enthusiastic about the study room door whereas the prince used to be in consultation. they might all have lunch jointly at noon within the institution café. The nanny used to be consistently in command of the cash and paid for all in their nutrients in addition to something the prince will need to buy at the manner domestic. “The husband isn't really touring with the princess in this trip,” Stu instructed us at first of the learning consultation. “But he'll be receiving day-by-day reviews from the Saudi military officials assigned to this vitally important aspect. you were given that? So he understands every thing that’s occurring normally. There are different males touring with the princess, sheikhs they name ’em, yet they won't be socializing with the ladies, and they're going to by no means be taking food with them. they don't spend time with the other intercourse. Separate dwelling, separate napping, separate consuming. That’s the best way it’s gonna be the following. ” i spotted that i used to be the single one of many drivers writing whatever down, and that i puzzled Sami approximately this. “No desire, chica,” he acknowledged as he tapped his temple. “Gotta continue all of it up right here. more secure. ” I positioned my pencil down then. I didn’t are looking to seem overly studious. It grew to become out that almost all of the knowledge was once fallacious besides, or actual for a little while simply, and we have been advised little or no as a minimum. correct from the start, we weren’t advised the particular identify of the family members, simply that they have been Saudi royals. Nor have been we advised the whole identify of any of the contributors of the entourage, frequently just a identify that was once decreased to anything like “Cousin” or “Auntie.

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