The prince of Dubai died on Friday, September 18, and it left me wondering about some things.
Like why a young active man had to die of a heart attack at age 33. Or why he was the eldest son and yet not the crown prince. If you were wondering just like me, the true story has emerged.
The Emirati royal, Sheikh Rashid, who was laid to rest on Saturday, was a handsome royal playboy with a glittering future ahead of him. But he was stripped of the title of Crown Prince in 2008, by his father, the king of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Born in November 1981, Rashid was the son of Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed and his principal wife, Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum.
There have been allegations of Rashid’s drug taking and steroid abuse in recent years and was reportedly sent to rehab by his family in 2009. His father, the king has never responded to the allegations of his late son’s drug use
Although the official cause of death has been given as a heart attack, it is believed his addiction to drugs played a part in his untimely death.
Rashid, who at one point held a number of high profile roles, quietly withdrew from public life in the years leading up to his death and became an enigmatic figure in the emirate he was once destined to rule.
His brother Hamdan, is now Crown Prince while another brother Maktoum, has been made deputy ruler of Dubai.
Rashid brought glory to his family in 2006 when he won two gold medals at the Asian GamesRashid, back row center, received a heroes’ welcome on his return to Dubai from QatarRashid, pictured in 2006 with his father, Sheikh MohammedRashid, right, pictured with his brothers Sheikh Majid (left) and Sheikh Maktoum in 2007Sheikh Makhtoum, left, and Sheikh Hamdan, right, carry their brother’s coffin into Zabeel MosqueSheikh Mohammed, fourth from left, and Sheikh Hamdan, sixth from left, pictured at Rashid’s funeralFuture ruler: Sheikh Hamdan, the second son of Sheikh Mohammed and his principal wife Sheikha Hind, was named heir to Dubai in 2008The king of Dubai (left) Sheik Mohammed with his second son and crown prince Sheik Hamdan