Driving the Saudis: A Chauffeur's Tale of the World's Richest Princesses (plus their servants, nannies, and one royal hairdresser)

By Jayne Amelia Larson

The true-to-life account of a feminine chauffeur employed to force the Saudi royal relatives in Los Angeles.

After greater than a decade of operating in Hollywood, actress Jayne Amelia Larson discovered herself out of good fortune, out of labor, and out of customers.

When she bought employed to force for the Saudi royal family members vaca­tioning in Beverly Hills, Larson suggestion she’d been passed the golden price tag. She’d heard tales of the Saudis bestowing $20,000 counsel and Rolex watches on their drivers, but if the relatives arrived at LAX with twenty million funds in money, Larson discovered that she can be in for the trip of her lifestyles.

With awestruck humor and deep compassion, Larson stocks the fabulous insights she won because the lone girl in a aspect of greater than 40 chauffeurs assigned to force a gorgeous Saudi princess, her kinfolk, and their broad entourage.

At its middle, this is often an upstairs-downstairs, true-to-life fantasy for our international occasions; a narrative concerning the corruption that just about limitless wealth motives, and approximately what all of us do for funds. equivalent components humorous, striking, and insightful, Driving the Saudis offers either leisure and sharp social observation on one of many world’s such a lot secretive households.

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Bam! It’s no longer that I had lavish way of life tastes; in truth, i used to be agonizingly frugal more often than not, yet bills further up exponentially, in particular while i used to be attempting to forget about them. They’re sneaky that means: motor vehicle funds, vehicle registration, automobile coverage, automobile servicing, automobile washing, automobile parking, automobile coddling, even motor vehicle treats. this can look like overkill, yet in l. a., your vehicle is key on your life since you virtually reside in it, so that you are silly for those who skimp in your motor vehicle and its wishes. Then there have been different fundamentals: yoga periods in fact, they’re an important a part of the Southern California adventure (I went merely to the donation-based strength yoga—thank you, Bryan Kest—but then again, my downward canine further up), cellular phone invoice, cable invoice, gasoline invoice, electrical invoice, and hire, lease, hire, lease!

I puzzled. She doesn’t do something all day other than store and devour. first thing i spotted approximately Princess Anisa used to be that she had inherited neither her mother’s good looks nor her mother’s sturdy nature. She was once plump and pouty, with a relentless bitter expression on her face as though she had simply inhaled anything foul or as though lifestyles used to be no longer style to her. She used to be 16, she was once a princess, and she or he had 3 maids. How undesirable may perhaps or not it's? I’m definite there has been extra to the tale (there continually is), besides, it used to be not easy to think sorry for her.

I’m yes that if I acquired to grasp them each one higher separately and never en masse, i'd see that every woman used to be distinctive and engaging and complex, simply as I knew Rajiya to be, yet during this pack, they combined jointly right into a blur—a blur of brats. “I don’t learn about your mothers,” I stated to them, “but i do know Rajiya’s mom wouldn't be at liberty approximately this and wouldn't allow it occur. ” That quieted them down for a minute. Rajiya’s mom, Princess Aamina, had made a robust influence on me. On my first day of riding her daughter, she got here out of the eating place the place the kin was once having lunch to fulfill the lady who will be chauffeuring her baby.

Stated the lodge operator. “I . . . I don’t comprehend the identify. Room 1205,” I stated. “I’m sorry, yet i can not attach you with room 1205 with no resort visitor identify. ” “There isn't any identify! ” I stated. “I’m sorry, yet i can't attach you with no . . . ” “I suggest there are numerous names. It’s the protection room for the relatives staying at the 12th ground. the total 12th flooring, and the 11th ground, and the . . . Are you new? I paintings for them. Please attach me right now, thanks. ” Boyd picked up. My center pitched.

She was once around all over—even her wrists have been round—and she wore a relentless smile as though she used to be simply chuffed to be alive. She consistently hummed to herself as she labored. She moved quickly yet with nice grace, as though all her activities have been so good practiced that they have been now easy. As she poured the tea right into a china cup, she draped a funky-looking root over the spout of the teapot, in order that the liquid omitted the basis because it entered the cup. It seemed like a fats trojan horse with lengthy furry tendrils and a rank odor even from 5 toes away; like whatever from worry issue.

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