Prince Hamza relieved of title

King Abdullah of Jordan decided to take away his half-brother's title of crown prince in order to allow him to take on more important duties.

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By  Elizabeth Drachman Published  November 29, 2004

King Abdullah of Jordan took away the title of crown prince from his half-brother, Prince Hamza. Jordani news outlets reported that the king told Crown Prince Hamza Bin Hussein, 24, in a letter that his duties as crown prince were holding him back from assuming wider public and royal responsibilities. “I decided to relieve you of your post as crown prince to allow you more freedom and ability to move to work in any tasks I assign to you along with our brothers and members of the royal family,” reads the letter. Hamza was named crown prince after the death of their father, King Hussein, in 1999. Hamza’s mother, Queen Noor, the American-born former Lisa Halaby who became Hussein’s fourth wife in 1978, had groomed her son as a future king but the premature death of her husband changed her plans. At his death bed, King Hussein relieved his brother Prince Hassan, then heir to the throne, and instead appointed his eldest son Abdullah, 42, from his second wife, British-born Antoinette Gardiner. In the letter, King Abdullah said the post of crown prince would not be filled. “Your presence in this symbolic post restricts your freedom and restricts our ability to assign you some responsibilities as its symbolic nature bars you from shouldering some responsibilities you are capable of conducting in the best possible way,” the king told his half-brother.

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