In his final years, he was only infrequently allowed out of Dubai. In 2011 a staff member told how he was sent to rehab by his family.
For the last few years of his life, Rashid was kept tucked away out of sight.
Rashid’s involvement in a homicide was said to be behind the change in succession, as revealed in a confidential memo sent from the U. consulate in Dubai back to Washington published by Wikileaks.
Acting consul general David Williams wrote: “It is alleged that Rashid killed an assistant in the Ruler’s office, thereby forfeiting his opportunity to be heir.”The astonishing claim was never proved.
The bill was reportedly settled within 48 hours by senior figures in the Saudi royal family, and Maha has now been “grounded” in Saudi Arabia in perpetuity.