HRH Prince Andrew Siddle of Morocco & the Western Sahara.

Maghreb, North Africa.

Prince Andrew Siddle of Morocco is probably the most enigmatic , and forgotten, Prince of the Royal House of Alaouite in Morocco. He is also the largest because he was granted the title of Prince twice. Once in the Western Sahara Desert , by the Bedouin Sahari berbers, and once by King Hassan II.

Never the less a cairn of stones stands, in the Western Sahara Desert, which was erected by the bedouin berbers of the desert. The stones are a reminder of the marriage of Andrew Siddle to the only daughter of the first wife of King Hassan II.

King Hassan II was not only the King of Morocco but also an international celebrity who took advantage of every situation in life that he possibly could. He appeared on television news events, and interviews, all over the world when ever he possibly could get the coverage.He had a personally invented medical profession hi tech innovation patented in the USA, Involvement with the University of Alabama in America, involvement with UK trade deals, and increased international trade connections with the UK and the whole world during his lifetime

In accepting a UK citizen to become part of his family he was acting to further his interests in having Morocco as an international trading nation with connections all over the world.

Above is the Alaouite Royal Palace of Rabat. Prince Andrew Siddle lived here , for a while, in the early 1990's while his father in law King Hassan II arranged for the Islamic Palace Imam to supervise his studies. These studies are required in order to undertake vows to become a Moroccan Alaouite Prince and member of the Moulay Hassan family in Morocco,

HRH Prince Andrew Siddle of Morocco & the Western Sahara

 

Prince Andrew Siddle was one of the only Royal Family of Morocco Princes to have been given the title of Prince twice. Once in the Western Sahara , by the Bedouin Berbers, and once at the Royal Palace of Rabat , Morocco, by King Hassan II.

The area from the northern coast of Barbary all the way down to the southern tip of the Western Sahara Desert is large. Very large! However Prince Andrew was made Prince twice in Africa and this is the area that his title covered back in the 1990's.

His appointment to Prince , in the Sahara desert, followed on from a blood letting ceremony in which one of his arms was slit open with a knife and his blood mingled with that of an existing Sahari Chief out in the Sahara Desert midday sun.

King Moulay Hassan II later introduced Prince Andrew to the only daughter of his first wife.

Indeed the Sahari , of the Western Sahara Desert, erected a cairn of stones to the marriage of Prince Andrew Siddle and his Princess Lalla back in the 1990s; out in the Western Sahara Desert.

She was the only daughter of the first wife of King Hassan II. As such a different family to that of King Mohammed Vi of Morocco who came from the line of children of the second wife of King Hassan II.

In order to become a new Alaouite Prince in Rabat the Palace Imam must be satisfied that the applicant has met the religious requirement in order to take up this role.

Prince Andrew Siddle studied under an Imam for some time during his stay in Morocco in order to be allowed to become a member of the Royal Household of Moulay Hassan II; His Father in Law and personal friend since stumbling in from the Western Sahara desert.

Islam does not really care for Prince or Princess titles hence these are largely irrelevant to being an Alaouite. This is because the Alaouite line are religious where as the title of Prince is secular. It is difficult to explain!

The Word Alaouite comes from the Ali of Ali Ibn Abi Talib, Muhammad's son in law and cousin, whose descendant Sharif Ibn Ali became Prince of Tafilalt in 1631. His son Mulay Al Rashid (1664 - 1672) was able to unite and pacify the country.

The Alaouite family claim descent from the Prophet Muhammed/Mohammed, founder of the Islamic faith, through his daughter Fatimah az Zahrah and her husband Ali Ibn Abi Talib.

Unfortunately happiness did not result for Lalla, wife of Prince Andrew Siddle, after marriage. She turned against her father king Hassan II, following the death of her mother in the 1990's in Rabat, and was later exceuted by military firing Squad in Morocco for treason against the state and Crown.

His marriage to the only daughter of the first wife of King Hassan II was his second marriage in life. His first marriage was to Tina Kerti ( AKA  Tina Braybrook) who was a 1980's, and 1990's, model and film actress in the UK/USA.

Since the death of his Moroccan Princess wife he remains un attached and often difficult to find; moving around frequently. However being unattached is probably because he already has a number of children, and indeed now grandchildren, in Derbyshire and Northamptonshire, UK.

After her shooting , by the Moroccan State Army, all photographs of her were removed from the Royal Household. However the Royal House of Saud still retain photographs of the marriage in their vast archive of arab history photographs for the Middle East and Africa.

Despite all of this Prince Andrew  was never anything but on friendly terms with the son of King Hassan II ; his brother in law King Mohammed VI. In fact when Mohammed VI first completed his PHD thesis , and studies in France, Prince Andrew Met up with him in the UK; all of those years ago.

 

Above (left) is King Moulay Hassan II ( died July 1999). Father in law of Andrew Siddle. Above right is King Mohammed VI. Brother in Law of Andrew Siddle.

The Coat of Arms of Morocco

Above is the current coat of arms of Morocco as at 2019 (formally, the royal coat of arms) which was introduced on the 14th August 1957. It was developed by the graphic artists Gauthier and Hainaut and shows a green pentagram, specifically a two-dimensional Penrose pentacle on a red background before the Atlas Mountains and a rising sun. The royal crown is on top. Two lions function as the holders of the shield. On the ribbon underneath, the Arabic inscription is written: (Arabic: إن تنصروا الله ينصركم‎) (If you glorify God, He will glorify you) (Quran, Verse 7, Sura 47). 

Above is the national flag of Morocco. In 1915, during the reign of Mulay Yusef, the green interlaced pentangle was added to the national flag, and it stands for Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom, and Justice. While Morocco was under French and Spanish control, the red flag with the seal in the center remained in use, but only inland.

Above is the national flag of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic of the  Western Sahara.