Saudi recounts viral royal selfie with crown prince during tour of al-Ula

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While Bandar al-Enezi and his companions were enjoying the beautiful sites in al-Ula in al-Sharaan area, they heard the sounds of dune bashers approaching.

Bandar and his companions said they were relatively shocked to see Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who stopped and apologized.


“After driving off about a 100 meters he turned back and came once again to apologize to and was asking for our forgiveness,” Bandar told Al Arabiya.

The crown prince praised the beauty of the area while he was speaking to the campers.

سيلفي محمد بن سلمان في العلا
سيلفي محمد بن سلمان في العلا

“He stood with us and we took pictures, he was very friendly and patient, even though we were confused and not prepared. We invited him to stay with us but he apologized as he had business appointments to attend to,” Bandar said.

Bandar and his eight cousins did foresee that a majority of Saudi Arabia would see their trip through the selfies they took with their royal guest.

سيلفي محمد بن سلمان في العلا
سيلفي محمد بن سلمان في العلا

He said that as everyone was pulling their mobiles to shoot a selfie with the royal, the crown prince did not mind and he wiped the sand off his forehead for the photos.

“We shared the photos with our friends and it was only one hour later that we found the photos have spread all over social media, this was because the photos were spontaneous and natural,” Bandar said.

Bandar said that the moments they spent with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman passed very quickly.

Many news websites were quick to share the photos of the crown prince’s tour despite no photographers accompanying him. The entire tour was covered by smartphone cameras belonging to bystanders present in the narrow corridor of the Sharaan area where the encounter took place.

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