I met Elizabeth Taylor on a recent visit to the Los Angeles area, and when I asked her why she chose to marry at a ceremony in Saudi Arabia, she replied with a question that has stuck with me ever since: Why did she want to marry so many people in Saudi?
“They were not all the same race, they were all different from me,” she told me, adding that she had chosen to marry the son of the king, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud, who was also her brother-in-law.
“The prince was a very nice, loving, caring man,” she continued, “and he wanted to marry a woman who could help him in many ways.”
According to Saudi Arabia’s official coronavirus guidelines, a bride must be of “good moral character and able to take care of her own child, and be married at least once in her lifetime”.
“A Saudi bride is not required to undergo an Islamic marriage ceremony, but the religious scholars agree that it is necessary for a person of good character to marry and be a mother to a child,” the Saudi Gazette newspaper reported.
It is understood that the prince was “pleased” by the marriage and that it was a “positive step”, and that the bride was given permission to enter the kingdom and live there.
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The coronaviruses coronavirochids can infect anyone who is not an official Saudi citizen, meaning that if a married couple gets married in a country where they do not have permission to be, then they are considered infected.
The first coronaviral pandemic was declared in the UK in 1976, and there has been a steady increase in Saudi Arabian cases over the past 20 years, with the number of deaths rising steadily since the outbreak.
Saudi Arabia is a key player in the international pandemic, having declared a $10 billion (£6.5 billion) aid fund to help those affected by the disease.
As the number and severity of cases have increased, it has been reported that Saudi Arabia has become a “hotbed” for the spread of the virus, with people living there reporting more severe symptoms than the rest of the world.
Saudi women are being asked to cover up, and in some cases, to not wear a veil, to limit exposure to the virus.
As a result, Saudi women are now advised to wear a headscarf during public gatherings and in the absence of the health authorities.
A Saudi woman washes her face at the local market in Riyadh.
The coronovirus has also spread to Saudi men, who have reportedly been infected by their wives, and women have been instructed to use condoms during their daily lives.
This week, Saudi authorities said that more than 1,000 new cases of the coronavids had been recorded in the country.
There are fears that the spread is increasing, as Saudi Arabia continues to struggle to contain the spread.
According to a recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 11 million cases of coronavoids have been recorded worldwide.