Countess of Wessex on hot seat for accepting jewelries


Countess asked to sell and distribute proceeds of jewelries gifted by Bahrain.

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The Countess of Wessex is criticized for receiving
gifts from Bahraini Royal Family.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex faces questions after receiving jeweleries from one of Middle East's most brutal regimes. It was reported that the Bahraini Royal Family had gifted the countess with two expensive sets of jewelries last December.

News steered public criticism.

“Given the appalling suffering and repression of the Bahraini people, it would be a fitting gesture for the Countess of Wessex to auction these trinkets and distribute the proceeds to the victims of the regime,” issued former Foreign Office minister Denis MacShane.

The countess received the jewelries while representing the Queen on a pre-Christmas trip to Bahrain, an event that placed the Royal Family at an uncomfortable spotlight.

The Royal Family has strong links with the Bahraini royalty. The Crown Prince of Bahrain has joined the Queen at the Royal Box during the Ascot and had thrown a banquet for the Prince of Wales and Duke of York. He was also invited to last year's wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, although public outcry caused him to decline the invitation.

Reference and Photo Source, The Daily Mail, retrieved Jan. 7, 2011.


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