Amman – Queen Rania Al-Abdulla took to social media to respond to the debate surrounding the cost of the clothes she wears while performing her daily activities.
Her office issued a statement on social media websites deploring the fact that the controversy surrounding the queen’s clothes came to the detriment of her tremendous services in different fields.
The statement said that most of the Queen’s stylish clothes are either borrowed from fashion houses, presented as gifts or bought at preferential and discounted prices.
The statement said that while Queen Rania seeks always to represent her country in the best of ways, she is keen on striking the balance between protocol and moderate spending, beyond any extravagance.
“However, we do not advertise or promote costumes on any of Her Majesty's pages on social networking platforms, unless the designs are Jordanian”, said the statement.
The statement said that the focus on the clothing and spending of leaders’ wives in many countries is no new thing as it has always been exploited for political purpose to show extravagance and wastefulness – whether right or wrong.
“Her Majesty is well aware of the criticisms that have been circulating. She previously emphasised that criticism is an integral part of public work and that she she respects responsible criticism, takes it seriously and responds to it”, the statement said.
The statement deplored the criticism which exceeded the norms and turned into fabrication of information, ridicule and mockery in a way that is contrary to the values of the Jordanian society.
We realize that this clarification may sound unfamiliar, but in the absence of facts the ground becomes fertile for rumors and false information to spread and wrong impressions to accumulate”, the statement added.
“We hereby put these details at your disposal, to deal with them freely”, the statement concluded.