The latest in Al Arabiya’s series on the colorful reign of Egypt’s King Farouk examines the collision between his hedonistic habits and family life, as revealed through the monarch’s long-forgotten memoirs and interviews with family relatives and historians.
‘Just taking it back’
Farouk's memoirs show that the king permitted himself to have 'concubines'
Farouk in 1938 - riding in the Mercedes 540K that Adolf Hitler had given him as a wedding gift (Photo courtesy of Ahmed Kamel egyptianroyalty.net)
Prone to wander
Farouk wtih King Abdullah I of Jordan visiting Helmia Military Hospital (Photo courtesy of Magda Malek egyptianroyalty.net)
Farouk wtih King Abdullah I of Jordan visiting Helmia Military Hospital (Photo courtesy of Magda Malek / egyptianroyalty.net)
In his memoirs, Farouk describes the breakdown of his marriage with Farida (Empire News, Oct. 26, 1952)
Farouk with his daughter Ferial in Cannes, 1957 (Photo courtesy of Amr Talaat)
In a scan from his memoirs, Farouk describes giving his children pocket money (Empire News)
A scanned picture from Farouk's memoirs showing him with two of his daughters, Ferial and Fawzia, on a duck-shooting trip (Empire News, Oct. 26, 1952) 2