A lot of girls have the desire to be a princess when they grow up. Not all of them get the lucky opportunity (unless your Meghan Markle or something) but for the few who do, it comes with a great amount of responsibility.
For Princess Hayfa bint Abdullah al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, that means discussing prominent issues with major news outlets, such as Vogue Arabia. Yet, her cover of the magazine has the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Vogue in some hot water.
The issue at hand is the fact that women aren't legally allowed to drive in the country of Saudi Arabia and can be punished with jail time. As recent as last month 11 women's rights activists, who stood up against the driving ban, were detained.
The cover, which reads "driving force", the princess can be seen wearing driving gloves and sitting in the driver's seat of a convertible. It is being called into question why the magazine chose to celebrate the Kingdom. The female driving ban is expected to be lifted within the month so the magazine has explained that this progress is what they're looking to celebrate.
In the interview with Vogue Arabia, Princess Hayfa explains that she's in favour of progression in Saudi Arabia. She said, “In our country, there are some conservatives who fear change. For many, it’s all they have known. Personally, I support these changes with great enthusiasm.”
Still, with the arrests made against the female advocates, it's unclear why they would be detained amidst the removal of the ban. Let's hope this progressive Kingdom take action soon.