King's Wife is Missing. Why Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco Suddenly Disappeared?

Why Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco Suddenly Disappeared?

Her abrupt disappearance from the public eye is still viewed as "mysterious". No details or clear information about why she suddenly gave up the royal life, prompting royal observers to ask: Where is Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco? Why the king's wife is missing?

But first who is Princess Lalla Salma?

Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco is one of the most beautiful consorts in the world. International media praised her natural elegance, stunning beauty, class, and style. 

She first caught the attention of the public during her appearance at the wedding of the now Prince and Princess of Wales in London in 2011. A real head-turner.

Why Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco Suddenly Disappeared?
Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco

The princess was born Lalla Bennani on May 10, 1978. In 2002, she married the reigning monarch of Morocco, His Majesty King Mohammed VI. They have two children together, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, and Princess Lalla Khadija. 

She is the first wife of a Moroccan king to have ever been given a royal title and prominent public roles. She was also allowed to do humanitarian work. The previous wives of Moroccan kings were largely kept out of public view. 

However, despite this acknowledgment of being a wife of a reigning Moroccan king, Lalla was not made a Queen Consort. She was only known as Her Royal Highness The Princess Consort. 

Why Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco Suddenly Disappeared?
King Mohammed VI and Princess Lalla Salma

Since marrying King Mohammed VI in 2002, she performed public duties in Morocco and abroad, representing her husband. 

She founded a cancer prevention association in Morocco and created a Lalla Salma Foundation that supported cancer treatment and prevention.

She was also involved in the campaign awareness of HIV/AIDS in Morocco and championed women empowerment. 

Due to her cancer advocacy in Morocco, she was named in 2006 as a Goodwill Ambassador of the World Health Organization for Cancer Care, Promotion, and Prevention. 

Why Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco Suddenly Disappeared?
The style of Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco

In 2011, she represented King Mohammed VI at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in London, and at the wedding of Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stephanie de Lannoy in 2012. 

She also attended the enthronement of King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands in 2013. And met US First Lady Michelle Obama in 2016. 

However, after 2017, none was heard about Princess Lalla Salma, and no one knew what happened to her, even the Moroccan media were kept in the dark. 

She just mysteriously disappeared from the public, and if ever she still lived in Rabat (the capital of Morocco) or somewhere else, no one could verify. 

Why Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco Suddenly Disappeared?
His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco

There were rumors that she and the king filed for divorce in 2018 but this was never confirmed by the Royal Palace in Morocco.  So no one really knew what's the truth.

This speculation of divorce emerged after King Mohammed VI went to France to undergo heart surgery. The royal house of Morocco released a photograph after the king's operation, surrounded by most members of the Moroccan royal family including his only son, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, but Princess Lalla Salma was nowhere in sight!

Why Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco Suddenly Disappeared?
During happier times. Princess Lalla and the King with their infant son, the Crown Prince

Where is Princess Lalla Salma?

No one knew where she is now. For someone who has lived in the spotlight of public duty, even going abroad to represent her husband, not being seen in public for quite a while is always puzzling.

Why Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco Suddenly Disappeared?
Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco

Questions may never be answered because the Royal Palace in Morocco refused to give specific details. They never confirmed no denied the rumors of the King and Princess Lalla Salma's separation and divorce. Even the Moroccan media refused to speculate on the real state of the royal marriage.

Princess Lalla Salma simply "vanished" from our sight. 

Adding to the mystery of her situation is the refusal of the Royal Palace of Morocco to answer inquiries from international media.  Thus, no verified reports could substantiate the rumors of divorce and how the princess simply disappeared from the public eye.

Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Morocco
Crown Prince Moulay Hassan of Morocco welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Morocco in 2019 and everyone expected Princess Lalla Salma would show up to welcome the visiting royal couple but she did not, and only her son, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan welcomed the Sussexes.

Crown Prince Moulay Hassan of Morocco
Crown Prince Moulay Hassan of Morocco

Unlike other existing royal houses in the world, the Royal Family of Morocco does not care if the speculation will inflate into a series of controversies and wild assumptions. To them, the answer is simply silence.

In April 2019, Princess Lalla Salma was seen having a private dinner with her daughter, Princess Lalla Khadija, in a restaurant in Marrakech, a popular resort in Morocco. 

She was also seen in July 2019 holidaying in Greece with her eldest child, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, and some of their close friends.

In September 2019, she was spotted in New York's Central Park with her two children. Finally, the royal family's lawyer, √Čric Dupond-Moretti, unofficially confirmed the royal separation when he referred to Princess Lalla Salma in an official communication as the "ex-wife" of King Mohammed VI.

News of her whereabouts this year.

In May 2022, Assahifa news media in Morocco released exclusive news about Princess Lalla Salma, celebrating her 44th birthday at the royal family's estate near the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Rabat. It was claimed that she'd been in residence at this estate since 2019.

Why Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco Suddenly Disappeared?
Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco

According to the news, the princess chose to reside in the estate to be closer to her son who is living with the king in the royal palace. Princess Lalla Salma is being accompanied by her daughter, Princess Khadija, at her new home.

Nonetheless, the Royal Palace of Morocco refused to comment on the issue of separation and divorce and the departure of Princess Lalla Salma from public life. 

She did not grant an interview also. Everything is carried out in silence in Morocco. Even the media people are tight-lipped.

It's just a little weird that royals, who are public figures, never comment on the widely debated issue of separation to address the rumors. It looks like divorce proceedings in Morocco is private or is it because the involved personality is their monarch?

We are hoping everything is okay with Princess Lalla Salma where ever she is now.

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