One of the world’s most eligible royals is officially off the market.
Princess Ameera Al-Taweel of Saudia Arabia said ‘I do’ to billionaire and fellow countryman Khalifa bin Butti al-Muhairi, 39, on September 9 during a discreet but opulent ceremony in the City of Love.
Among those who flocked to Paris for the ceremony were Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King, who rubbed shoulders with the Saudi elite and a number of UN employees who have worked with Princess Ameera in her many philanthropic efforts over the years.
But the wedding became a bit of a horror show for one Saudi royal, who was not Princess Ameera or a guest at the wedding, when they were robbed of just under $1 million worth of jewelry while staying at the Ritz.
That case is still being investigated, with the theft reported the Monday after the wedding – three days after the jewels went missing.
They were not in the room’s safe at the time and there was no sign of a break in, according to police. It marks the second jewel heist from the hotel this year.
The Ritz Paris did not respond to a request for comment.
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Swank location: The wedding was held at the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte outside Paris (above the wedding site on the day of the nuptials)
Past relationship: Princess Ameera became Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal’s fourth wife in 2005, but the two amicably split in 2013 (couple above at the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011)
Girls Trip: Among those who flocked to Paris for the ceremony were Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King (l to r: Kirby Bumpus, King and Winfrey at the ceremony)
J’adore: ‘Came to Paris for a friend’s wedding. We love Paris!’ wrote Winfrey (above with King and Bumpus after the ceremony at the Eiffel Tower)
The bride, 30, was previously married to Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, a member of the Saudi royal family who is 33 years her senior.
She became Prince Alwaleed’s fourth wife in 2005 but the two then amicably split in 2013, with the couple making headlines when they were among the select few invited to attend another royal wedding – that of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Invites were sent early this summer (above)
The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Media did not respond to multiple requests for comment about the marriage.
Guests were informed of the wedding early this summer, receiving invitations that informed them that the couple would be married on September 9 in Paris.
There was no additional information at that time however, and those who were lucky enough to score a spot at the nuptials were instead told to wait for further information.
‘And like any fairytale, this invitation is just the beginning,’ read a line at the bottom of the invite.
We will contact you for further details.’
There was also a line from the young adult novel The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen on the invitation.
‘There is never a time or place for true love,’ it read.
‘It happens in accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.’
Details of the ceremony were kept under wraps and photos forbidden, though a few details made their way on to social media.
FRENCH JEWEL HEISTS
Sept. 10, 2018: An unidentified Saudi Princess, which could have been Princess Ameera herself, reported that $1M of jewels has been stolen from her suite at the Ritz over the wedding weekend
Jan. 19, 2018: A group of robbers using an ax break into the jewelry shop in the Ritz and make off with $5.42 million of goods. The jewels are found the next day and the group members are arrested soon after
Oct. 3, 2016: Thieves break into Kim Kardashian’s Paris apartment and rob her at gunpoint after tying her up and throwing her in a tub. The group makes off with about $12 million worth of jewels after Kim pleads for them to spare her life and her children, who were also in the apartment at the time. There were 17 arrests made over the next year in connection with the robbery, but none of the jewels were found.
The night of the ceremony, Winfrey shared a photo of herself and King dancing near the Eiffel Tower.
‘Came to Paris for a friend’s wedding. We love Paris!’ wrote Winfrey.
King posted a similar video as well that night, which also showed the woman earlier in the evening.
‘Just three “girls’ heading to shake shack in Paris (hah).. then onto friend’s dance party Clearly our friend has great taste in destination parties,’ wrote King.
The ‘shack’ she refers to is the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, a baroque French residence located approximately 30 miles outside Paris.
It is the same venue were Eva Longoria wed Tony Parker, and was the site for what remains the most expensive wedding ever when London banker Amit Bhatia wed Vanisha Mittal, the daughter of Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal in a $60 million ceremony.
No photos from inside the event have been shared at this time, but the outside was quite a sight.
A number of riders shared images of over 20 white horses lined up for guests around a blue carpet.
The chateau was also closed off to the public and there was a firework display at the end of the evening.
Multiple guests in attendance later noted that cameras were banned and they were made to sign NDAs in order to attend the celebration.
The man who did photograph the event also revealed that he was sworn to secrecy on social media.
‘Online again after a fabulous weekend that implied a Royal wedding at the venerable @chateauvlv,’ wrote Fran Bolani.
The bling ring: Princess Ameerra showed off some of her fine jewelry in 2015 while attending the Chanel show, wearing pearl and diamond earrings and a diamond necklace (left) as well as a diamond ring, presumably from Khalifa bin Butti al-Muhairi (right)
Queen: Princess Ameera (above in 2011 at the Clinton Global Initiative) has worked with the Clintons, Queen Rania of Jordan and the members of the British monarchy on expanding the rights of women in the Middle East
Chelly: In addition to women’s rights and empowerment, she has also worked on disaster relief projects in places like Pakistan and Somalia, Middle East peace efforts and global poverty (above with Chelsea Clinton at the UN in 2012)
In the beginning: Princess Ameera was just 18 when she met her first husband, whom she interviewed for a school paper (Princess Ameera and Prince Alwaleed with Prince Charles in 2010 at the reopening of The Savoy in London)
Princess Ameefra (left in 2013) and Khalifa bin Butti al-Muhairi (right in undated photo) kept their relationship under wraps, and their wedding was also a top secret affair
The odd couple: Prince Alwaleed defied the orders of his family by writing a $10 million check to Rudy Giuliani in the wake of the 9/11 attacks (above with Giuliani on October 11 at the site where the Towers fell)
‘So proud to have been part of the amazing team put together by @adagionstudio and guess what, got to meet Oprah Winfrey but can’t share any pictures.’
He and the team that photographed the event stuck to their word as well, refusing comment when contacted by DailyMail.com.
Princess Ameera was just 18 when she met her first husband, whom she interviewed for a school paper.
She was raised in Riyadh by her mother and grandparents, but that all changed at the age of 25 when she officially married into the royal family.
Prince Alwaleed was not only a royal at the time, but also one of the 50 richest people in the world with a net worth of over $18 millions and had been named to the Time 100.
It was while married that she began to further her studies, attending the University of New Haven where she received a business degree.
She then began to work closely with people like the Clintons, Queen Rania of Jordan and the members of the British monarchy on what has been her leading cause for the past two decades – expanding the rights of women in the Middle East.
When she and her husband eventually split in 2013, Princess Ameera said that he ex was still her best friend and mentor while continuing with her philanthropic endeavors.
Prince Alwaleed was recently arrested in a anti-corruption case authorized by his cousin, the crown prince, and jailed in the Riyadh Ritz Carlton for 83 days.
He is one of the more progressive members of the royal family, fully supporting the rights of women and even defying the orders of his family by writing a $10 million check to Rudy Giuliani in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
Giuliani then rejected that check the day after visiting the site with Prince Alwaleed over his comments about American policy in the Middle East contributing to the attack in some part.
His ex meanwhile has leveraged her new wealth and rank into her global causes, similar in many ways to how Angelina Jolie has used her notoriety to enact change.
In addition to women’s rights and empowerment, she has also worked on disaster relief projects in places like Pakistan and Somalia, Middle East peace efforts and global poverty.
She even joined forces with Prince Philip when she and the Duke of Edinburgh, formally opened the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge.
It was reported that the pair’s divorce was caused in part by comments made to Prince Alwaleed by his older brother Prince Khalid, who warned his sibling to tone down is wife’s media appearances or else there would be consequences.
Prince Ameera’s new husband is also a member of Saudi Arabia’s wealthy upper close who is devoted to philanthropic endeavors.
At just 39 he is worth close to $2 billion, and founded the investment group KBBO.
After studying in England and attending college at Suffolk University in Boston, he began his career at the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company before going on to co-found Brokerage House Securities LLC.
He then went on to start another company, One Financial Markets, a brokerage firm with hubs in England China as well as the Middle East.
And he also holds post including Executive Vice Chairman of NMC Health, the Chairman of Travelex Group Limited, Infinite Investment, and First Energy Bank, and the Executive Vice Chairman of Centurion Investment.
One thing there is no mention of however is the relationship between bride and groom, who went to great lengths to conceal their courtship.
Our lips are sealed: The man who photographed the event (above) said he was sworn to secrecy, and kept that promise
Best life: The best friends and Kingh’s daughter posed for a photo at the Four Seasons before the ceremony (above)
Flower power: Oprah got the royal treatment the morning after the ceremony with a massive flower delivery (above)
Nightcap: ‘I believe in giving people flowers while they can smell them, but this is way over the top,’ wrote Winfrey (above at the Eiffel Tower)
At the Four Seasons, Oprah got the royal treatment the morning after the ceremony.
That was thanks to Jeff Leatham, who gifted her one of the stunning, larger-than-life flower displays he has become famous for over the years.
Those same displays can be seen every day of the year in Paris at the George V, where Winfrey was staying during the trip.
‘I believe in giving people flowers while they can smell them, but this is way over the top,’ wrote Winfrey, including a video of a man pulling out slightly flawed white roses and replacing them with fresh ones at her hotel.
Editor’s note: An article on 1 October about the wedding of Princess Ameera Al-Taweel and Khalifa bin Butti al-Muhairi may have suggested that one of their guests had been robbed whilst staying at the Ritz hotel in Paris. We have since been informed that none of the wedding guests were robbed. We are happy to make this clear and the article has been amended