Meet Jordan’s Princess Rym, the former CNN journalist who was kicked out of Iraq by Saddam Hussein, has degrees from Colombia and the Sorbonne, and runs the Amman Film Festival

Princess Rym of Jordan is a highly accomplished journalist and academic. Photo: AIFF/AFP
The Jordanian royal family features plenty of intriguing personalities. Princess Rym Ali may not be the queen of their kingdom, but she has many qualities that make her a queen in her own right.

Even before tying the knot with King Abdullah’s younger half-brother, Prince Ali, she was already making a name for herself as a successful news correspondent.

Princess Rym and Prince Ali bin Hussein of Jordan were married in 2004. Photo: @royals_worldwide/Instagram

So what else is there to know about this multi-award winning journalist-turned-Jordanian-royal?

She is the daughter of a former UN special envoy and a diplomat

Princess Rym, formerly Rym Brahimi, is the daughter of Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi, who headed the North African country’s ministry of foreign affairs for two years.

Princess Rym’s father is the respected former UN official and Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi. Photo: @TawfikJelassi/Twitter

Brahimi, who was also a well respected UN official, married half-Croatian and half-Armenian Mila Bacic. They had three children, including the Jordanian princess.

Princess Rym’s father is Lakhdar Brahimi, former UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, pictured here at the UN headquarters in New York, in 2014. Photo: Xinhua

Princess Rym, born in Cairo in 1969, would then grow up in the United Kingdom and eventually study in the US and France.

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She’s married to King Abdullah II’s younger half-brother, Prince Ali

President of the Amman International Film Festival Princess Rym with her husband Prince Ali on the red carpet at this year’s Amman International Film Festival. Photo: AIFF/AFP

The couple wed on September 7, 2004, and have now been married for almost two decades. According to CNN, they initially held an engagement ceremony in Paris, which was aired live on Jordanian television and attended by their respective families and honourable guests.

Prince Ali, his wife Princess Rym and their two children Princess Jalila and Prince Abdullah on the set of Star Wars in Wadi Rum, Jordan. Photo: @SondosFromARA/Twitter
The couple have two children – Princess Jalila and Prince Abdullah. The latter is currently eighth in line to the Jordanian throne.

She has multiple degrees from prestigious schools

Princess Rym is founder of the Jordan Media Institute, an educational non-profit. Photo: @arabianroyalagency/Instagram

This well-educated Jordanian royal has multiple academic accolades to her name. For starters, she is known to have a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She also holds a master’s in political science from Sciences Po in Paris.


The academic Jordanian has an BA in English literature from Sorbonne University as well. She is not only fluent in English but also in French, Italian and Arabic, per Reuters.

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She used to be a journalist

A master’s from Columbia, a degree from Paris’ Sorbonne … Princess Rym has earned academic achievements from the world’s top universities. Photo: @jordansroyalfamily/Instagram

Princess Rym had an extensive media career before joining the Jordanian royal family. She kick-started her illustrious career on CNN in 1998 as a producer and later became a war correspondent in Iraq before being ejected from the country by Saddam Hussein because he objected to her reporting, according to Arabian Business.

Jordan’s Princess Rym had a long and decorated career as a journalist for CNN and other outlets, covering several of the world’s major news stories. Photo: @OulaAmrouni/Twitter

According to CNN’s profile of her, Princess Rym has covered major events, including the Iraqi war, the Saudi response to the September 11 attacks, the Kosovo war, the Hajj pilgrimage, and the bombing of the USS Cole.

The former correspondent also built her résumé delivering reports for other well-established news and media outlets, including the BBC, Dubai TV, Bloomberg TV and United Press International, the Dart Centre reported.

She is the president of the Amman International Film Festival

Jordanian Princess Rym Ali champions film and journalism in her various roles. Photo: AIFF/AFP

Princess Rym has taken home multiple awards from news, media, film and cultural institutions worldwide. In July 2011, she was awarded the best international journalist prize at the 32nd Ischia International Journalism Awards in Italy. A year later, the Global Thinkers Forum awarded her the Excellence in Media Award.

Princess Rym announcing the launch of Amman International Film Festival back in 2018, of which she is president. Photo: @beirutiff/Instagram

She is currently the president of the Amman International Film Festival and heads the Anna Lindh Foundation, a youth-empowerment organisation. As the founder of the non-profit Jordan Media Institute, she has also found a way to share her lifelong passion for journalism.

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  • Her father is respected former UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and she was a war correspondent in Iraq before she became a Jordanian royal in 2004
  • She is president of the Amman Film Festival, got to take her family to the Star Wars film set and her son, Prince Abdullah, is eighth in line to the throne