One question is on everyone’s mind, Moroccans and non Moroccans alike. In the kingdom and even in other parts of the world, because the sovereign is very well known. Does King Mohammed VI intend to start a new life after his separation from his ex-wife Lalla Salma?
It has been three years since the divorce between the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, and Princess Lalla Salma was announced. The news was initially rumoured before it was revealed by the Spanish newspaper Hola, which is well aware of the latest developments in the royal palace. If at the beginning, this divorce had caused a bombshell, due in particular to the fact that it was a first for an Alawite sovereign, it eventually subsided.
Since then, the sovereign of this North African country has been silent. A deep silence that leaves his fellow citizens worried. The king seems to live curled up on his person. If no unofficial, let alone official, communication has been made to date about the relationship between King Mohammed VI and Princess Lalla Salma, Moroccans are asking themselves many questions.
First of all, the question of Princess Lalla Salma’s disappearance has been raised, with much speculation. Sometimes announced in Greece, Italy and the United States, Lalla Salma was even given for dead. However, the latest developments have revealed that the mother of Prince Moulay El Hassan and Princess Lalla Khadija is indeed in Morocco, where she is said to be actively involved in the education of her children.
However, there is no news of her condition or activities. She has been announced in a restaurant and in a cinema, without any proof. Lalla Salma had also been announced at the oncology centre of the foundation that bears her name, without any evidence of her whereabouts. Lalla Salma is missing. At least for the average citizen.
On the other hand, King Mohammed VI is very visible, especially in public, during visits to work sites, or even when he was vaccinated against the Coronavirus disease. The sovereign appeared very thin, to the point that everyone wondered what had happened to him. Was it a long period of grief after Lalla Salma’s departure or a heavy workload to manage a country like Morocco, which borders Europe and is besieged by migrants and terrorist cells alike?
Nothing is less certain. However, it is known that three long years have passed since the divorce with Lalla Salma and the king has remained lonely. Does Mohammed intend to rebuild his life and find a new wife? Will the king take the risk of finding half-brothers for Lalla Salma’s children and de facto compromise the established succession mechanisms? These are all questions that the Lamba citizen is asking.