Meet Jordan’s teen Princess Jalila, King Abdullah’s 16-year-old niece: she’s the daughter of former CNN journalist Princess Rym, hangs out with A-listers like Will Smith and is a skilled equestrian

Teenage Princess Jalila of Jordan is already representing her film-mad family in numerous ways. Photo: @SondosFromARA/Twitter
Jordan surely boasts some of the world’s most promising princesses – there’s Princess Iman, who’s a highly skilled jockey and recently got engaged; Princess Salma, who made history as her country’s first female pilot; and twin princesses Aisha and Sara, making strides in philanthropy.
Like other members of her family, Princess Jalila of Jordan is sporty and loves riding horses. Photo: @the.hashemitefamily/Instagram

Princess Jalila, 16, is yet another Jordanian beauty who reigns supreme in academics, sports and more. She is one of King Abdullah’s nieces and has recently been stepping up to represent the royal family.

So what else do we need to know about this up-and-coming princess?

She is the eldest child of Prince Ali and Princess Rym

Princess Jalila was born to the third son of King Hussein of Jordan, Prince Ali, and former CNN journalist, Princess Rym; her brother, Prince Abdullah, is two years younger. Photo: @the.hashemitefamily/Instagram

Jalila, born on September 16, 2005, is the daughter of Prince Ali and Princess Rym. Her dad is the younger half-brother of King Abdullah II, while her mum is a former CNN journalist and the daughter of the former Algerian Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein and his wife Princess Rym of Jordan dropping off Princess Jalila for her first day at the King’s Academy in Madaba, Jordan. Photo: @SondosFromARA

She attends the King’s Academy in Madaba, Jordan, and balances being an active royal outside of the classroom.

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She already represents the House of Hashemite

Princess Jalila at a youth parliament event with her fellow classmates discussing tax law. Photo: @princess_jalilla/Instagram

Princess Jalila’s extraordinary teenage life includes making appearances at cultural concerts with her dad, Prince Ali, and serving Ramadan Iftar meals to the public with her mum, Princess Rym.

Princess Jalila helped her mum Princess Rym serve an Iftar feast to more than 1,800 people after Ramadan back in 2018. Photo: @jalilabintali/Instagram
In 2021, she also joined Queen Rania to honour the recipients of the King Hussein Cancer Award for Cancer Research.

She’s a big sis to a royal heartthrob in the making

Prince Ali bin Al Hussein and Princess Rym, with Jalila and Abdullah when they were younger, opened the Haya Cultural Centre. Photo: @jalilabintali/Instagram

Jalila has a younger brother, Prince Abdullah, who was born on March 19, 2007. The 15-year-old prince is also no stranger to public gatherings that require the presence of royals.

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She is a highly skilled equestrian

Princess Jalila was the youngest ever competitor in the country’s international Gallops of Jordan race. Photo: @AliBinAlHussein/Twitter

Like many of her cousins, Jalila also knows how to ride horses. In 2021, the athletic princess even led the Jordanian team in placing sixth among 25 teams in the 200km, five-day long Gallops of Jordan race from Wadi Rum to Petra, the Jordan Times reported.

Last year Princess Jalila competed in the Gallops of Jordan endurance race. Photo: @the.hashemitefamily/Instagram

Prince Ali even shared his proud dad moment on Twitter. “So proud of my daughter Jalila for competing in Gallops of Jordan. As the youngest ever competitor in this international endurance race. Congrats also to all her colleagues on team Jordan,” the sports-loving royal wrote.

She gets to visit film sets and attend red carpet events

Princess Rym Ali, Naomi Scott, Princess Jalila, Prince Abdullah, Will Smith, Mena Massoud, director Guy Ritchie and Prince Ali bin Hussein at the VIP screening of Aladdin in Jordan. Photo: Getty Images/Disney

Being a princess has many perks, and that includes rubbing shoulders with Hollywood stars. She gets front-row seats to cinema-related events thanks to her dad, who chairs the Royal Film Commission, and her mum, who serves as the president of the Amman International Film Festival.

Princess Rym and Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Princess Jalila and Prince Abdullah visiting the set of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in the Wadi Rum desert. Photo: @SondosFromARA/Twitter

Jalila and her cinephile family told Film Jordan what an “amazing experience” it was to have Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker be filmed in Wadi Rum back in 2019. The four of them visited the set and had their photos taken with Chewbacca and other characters while promoting Jordan as a filming destination.

That same year, they attended the red carpet premiere of the live-action reboot of Aladdin with Oscar winner Will Smith in Amman, per the National News.
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  • Wadi Rum’s reputation as a world-class film shooting location means Princess Jalila got to hang with Will Smith, Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud as well as the Star Wars cast, who all filmed there