I ought to thank the king, he thought. The latest royal announcement to reduce the allowances of royals and government officials couldn’t have come at a better time. His cousins didn’t want their lifestyles cut back, and that was going to happen.
To Rashid, the decrease in oil prices, which brought on the cuts, was a sign. The financial trouble in the kingdom played into his plan to take the throne. With the support of the Black Princes, he would rebuild the kingdom on solid economic principles.
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