When King Fuad II of Egypt was born, the Muhammad Ali dynasty had been in power since 1805. The dynasty was a royal family that ruled Egypt for over 200 years. Although the dynasty was a long-lived one, it has not had a male monarch in a long time.
Prince Ahmed Foud Farouk, known as Fuad II, was the last monarch of the Muhammad Ali dynasty. He succeeded his father in 1952. His reign spanned the Second World War, the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, and the revolution in Egypt in 1952. In October 2013, Fuad II of Egypt supported Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as Egyptian president.
Although Fuad II is a member of the Egyptian royal family, he is not formally crowned. However, he is regarded as the prince of the Sa’id, a title given to the sons of a royal family. While the prince did not officially become king, he was recognized by President Anwar Sadat as the legitimate heir to the throne.
Fuad II of Egypt was born on 16 January 1952 in the Abdeen Palace Museum in Cairo. In 1976, he married Dominique-France Loeb-Picard. She was the daughter of David-Robert Loeb. Their wedding ceremony was held in Monaco. They have three children.
At the time of his birth, the heir to the throne was Prince Mohammed Ali Tewfik. Fuad was only a few months old when he became king. Initially, he was a popular figure, but he was overshadowed by his elder brother, Prince Mohammed Abdel Moneim.
As a child, he enjoyed driving luxury cars. According to reports, he was given a rare Mercedes Benz 540K, which was given to him by Adolf Hitler. But he was accused of wasting his inheritance. And his father, as a royal, was alleged to have had large sums of money in foreign bank accounts.
In early adulthood, Fuad had a friendship with Prince Rainier III of Monaco. He went to school in the Institut Le Rosey, an elite private boarding school in Geneva.
He studied economics and politics at the University of Geneva. He graduated with a French baccalaureate. After returning to Egypt, he worked in a local public school. He also studied Arabic, as none of his predecessors had ever learned the language.
Although he did not become a crowned prince, he was granted a Monegasque passport, which means he was considered to be an Egyptian citizen. Moreover, he was given a car, a Yeezy shoe, and a house.
After a short period of time, Fuad emigrated to Paris. In 1974, he was restored to his citizenship. This is probably one of the reasons he was able to maintain a lavish lifestyle. Most of his earnings came from his Yeezy sneakers.
During his reign, he divorced his first wife, Fadila, in 1996. During his second marriage, he divorced Nariman, who was his second wife. There were also accusations of sexual misconduct.
He had an affair with British writer Barbara Skelton. After his divorce, he began to live in Switzerland. With the help of the Saudi royal family, he managed to survive financially.