Royal Family Backlash After Visiting Hotels Owned by Sultan of Brunei [WATCH VIDEO]

By Ambika Thakur | 4 years ago
Royal Family Backlash After Visiting Hotels Owned by Sultan of Brunei [WATCH VIDEO]
Prince Harry and Kate Middleton at the Garter Procession/Nick Warner/Wikimedia Commons

The Royal family also known as (a.k.a.) Kate Middleton, her husband Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry, might experience backlash after attending events at hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah. Read on to learn more about it.

Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei, recently enacted the ruthless Islamic penal laws against homosexuals which could lead to them being stoned to death. The sultan announced the implementation of the atrocious and backward Islamic Sharia Law which would begin on May 1, 2014. Other punishments include jail time for people who miss Friday prayer and cutting off of the limbs of convicted thieves.

Hollywood fraternity and other celebrities have announced a boycott of his hotels in accord with homosexuals under the Sharia law.

Kate Middleton and Princes William and Harry reportedly broke a worldwide celebrity boycott of hotels owned by the contentious Sultan of Brunei. The Sultan owns a line of hotels throughout the world and owns three UK hotels: the Dorchester and 45 Park Lane in London and Coworth Park in Ascot.

The boycott against the Sultan of Brunei’s Beverly Hills Hotel began in April 2014 when the LGBT group the Gill Action Fund annulled a conference there. The embargo campaign came into spotlight when celebrities lent their support.

“I won’t be visiting the Hotel Bel-Air or the Beverly Hills Hotel until this is resolved,” tweeted Ellen DeGeneres on April 22, 2014.

Richard Branson announced this message on his Twitter account:

“No @Virgin employee, nor our family, will stay at Dorchester Hotels until the Sultan abides by basic human rights.”

Vogue editor Anna Wintour and French business tycoon Francois-Henri Pinault have since joined in the boycott.

Sharon Osbourne posted a lengthy letter on Facebook urging a boycott and even invited her 2.1 million followers to join the boycott.

Kim Kardashian also cancelled her bridal shower venues because the owner of the Beverly Hills Hotel was Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah.

Jay Leno joined a group of protesters outside the Beverly Hills Hotel on May, 5, 2014.

Middleton used a darkened car to hide her visit to the Dorchester Hotel in London’s Mayfair for the wedding of her cousin, Adam Middleton. Her parents, Carole and Michael, as well as brother James and sister Pippa, were all present for the civil ceremony. Following that, Prince William and Prince Harry, also broke the boycott by playing polo at Coworth Park, a country house hotel in Ascot. Both locations are part of the Dorchester Collection group owned by the Sultan.

“People outside of Brunei should respect us in the same way that we respect them,” the Sultan said in a statement posted on the Daily Mail.

“We have 3,500 employees working in our hotels, including 1,000 in France” This will only penalize those employees. Why? Because if the boycott really works well, we’ll have fewer customers and if we have fewer customers we’ll need fewer employees to serve them,” Francois Delahaye the director of the Dorchester Collection told the RFI.

And that’s it for MNG’s Royal family scoop. For more details coming up about the Royal family, including Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George, Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, as well as other entertainment news, stay tuned here at  Movie News Guide (MNG).

Check out the video below:

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 Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Nick Warner

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