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Heir Speaks Arabic With An English Accent.

KING Hussein's son and heir Abdullah, is half-English, was educated in Britain and served briefly in a cavalry regiment.

Abdullah, 37, was born in 1962 to King Hussein's second wife Princess Muna - Englishwoman Toni Gardiner.

As eldest son he was heir to the throne but was displaced at the age three by his uncle, Prince Hassan. He was reinstated as Crown Prince less then two weeks ago.

Abdullah had his first taste of diplomatic life only last week in a hastily- arranged meeting with American Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

He also made his first public speech, noted for his Arabic being spoken with a pronounced English accent.

The prince's life has been devoted to military matters and, like his father, the pursuit of pleasure. He attended a prep school in Surrey, and after time in the US, enrolled at Sandhurst aged 18.

Following graduation, he served for 15 months with the 13/18 Royal Hussars, taking command of what he said were "a bunch of 16 Yorkshiremen who don't give a damn who I am".

He spent a further year studying international politics at Oxford University before continuing his military career in Jordan, where he is head of the elite Special Operations Command.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 6, 1999
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