Jordan’s ‘house arrested’ former crown prince Hamzah bin Hussein signs allegiance letter to king

Jordan’s former crown prince Hamzah bin Hussein has signed a letter to indicate that he is ready to be “of help and support” to his half-brother, King Abdullah II, and the crown prince.

The announcement follows Jordan’s Deputy Prime Minister Ayman Safadi’s accusation over the weekend that Hamzah was plotting to “destabilize” the country.

On Monday, a letter with the prince’s letterhead was shared by the royal court’s Twitter account, referencing the weekend’s turmoil and emphasizing his support for Jordan’s ruler.

It said that in light of the events over the “past two days, I put myself at the disposal of His Majesty the King, and I reaffirm that I will always remain committed to the covenant of the ancestors, loyal to their legacy, following in their footsteps, devoted to their path and mission, and to His Majesty the King.”

The letter added that the prince “will always remain the supporter of His Majesty the King and his Crown Prince.”

“The national interest must remain above all else, and we must all stand behind His Majesty the King in his efforts to safeguard Jordan and its national interests, and ensure the best for the Jordanian people,” it read.

At the bottom left of the letter, Hamzah — the oldest son of Jordan’s late King Hussein and his American-born wife Queen Noor, signed off with a note indicating that he is at his uncle Prince Hassan’s house.

Prince Hassan had been appointed by King Abdullah II to deal with the dispute, according to an earlier statement from the Royal Court on Monday, and Hassan also signed the letter.