Driving the Saudis: A Chauffeur's Tale of the World's Richest Princesses (plus their servants, nannies, and one royal hairdresser)

By Jayne Amelia Larson

The true-to-life account of a feminine chauffeur employed to force the Saudi royal relatives in Los Angeles.

After greater than a decade of operating in Hollywood, actress Jayne Amelia Larson discovered herself out of success, out of labor, and out of clients.

When she bought employed to force for the Saudi royal family members vaca­tioning in Beverly Hills, Larson idea she’d been passed the golden price tag. She’d heard tales of the Saudis bestowing $20,000 assistance and Rolex watches on their drivers, but if the kin arrived at LAX with twenty million money in funds, Larson discovered that she may be in for the experience of her existence.

With awestruck humor and deep compassion, Larson stocks the tremendous insights she received because the lone woman in a element of greater than 40 chauffeurs assigned to force a gorgeous Saudi princess, her family members, and their broad entourage.

At its center, this is often an upstairs-downstairs, true-to-life fantasy for our worldwide occasions; a narrative in regards to the corruption that almost limitless wealth explanations, and approximately what all of us do for funds. equivalent elements humorous, miraculous, and insightful, Driving the Saudis presents either leisure and sharp social observation on one of many world’s so much secretive households.

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He stored a distance, or even even though I knew he was once there, I didn’t recognize him. I met up with him in a while, and he stated he used to be so moved via what he observed that it made him are looking to cry. He acknowledged that they have been astonishingly appealing, which they really have been, but in addition that he was once struck through how affectionate all of us have been jointly: laughing, touching each other, and leaning in shut after we laughed as though we have been all younger playmates. The adventure additionally made him see me in an entire new mild. usually the ninety nine¢ merely shop parking plenty are tough terrain populated with homeless humans begging for handouts, and the ladies regularly gave their switch away once they exited the shop. as soon as a guy made a stream as though to snatch Zuhur’s wrist, and that i rushed among them and avoided any touch by way of pushing the fellow away and wheeling Zuhur off towards the auto. i used to be protecting of them with a ferocity that stunned me in addition to Mr. Rumi. He acknowledged that I gave the look of a beatific matriarch while i used to be with them—and that's how I felt whilst i used to be of their corporation, like their mother or father angel. I don’t have any little sisters, and that i quite did take pleasure in my new function; it used to be essentially the most pleasing perks of the activity. I had advised only a few people who i used to be chauffeuring—some of my family members and maybe a couple of acquaintances in simple terms. I certainly didn't wish to inform my father, and didn’t accomplish that till means after the actual fact. He may were disillusioned that every one the money he’d spent on my schooling used to be wasted on gassing and washing a Crown Vic. I’m unsure why I didn’t inform extra humans approximately this occupation improvement. It’s no longer that i used to be embarrassed in regards to the paintings; I don’t imagine any form of exertions is humiliating so long as you do it good and with realization. yet i feel a part of me was hoping that now not talking approximately it will make it much less genuine and hence extra transitority. through the Saudi activity, from time to time somebody who did be aware of that i used to be chauffeuring could name me to determine if i used to be unfastened to work out a film or have dinner. the resultant conversations frequently went whatever like this: “I’m sorry. I’m simply too busy to meet,” I’d say. “Okay,” they’d say. “Then let’s occasion in your break day. ” “I don’t have any days off. We’ll need to occasion in a month. ” “No days off in any respect? who're you riding? ” “Members of the Saudi royal kinfolk. ” “No way?! ” “Yes, approach. ” “Why’d they lease you? i presumed they didn’t enable girls force. ” “I basically force the ladies, and it kind of feels that’s fantastic the following. in truth, i believe they prefer it. ” “Well, will we get a drink after paintings then? in order that we will be able to capture up. I’ll come to you. ” “No, I’m sorry. the times are relatively lengthy. often I simply move out with a section of toast in my hand while i am getting domestic. ” “You needs to be creating a shitload of cash. You’re getting additional time, correct? ” “No, it’s a flat expense irrespective of what percentage hours, yet I’m hoping on a huge tip on the finish. The Saudis are meant to tip very well in the event that they such as you. ” “I are looking to pay attention all approximately this. Let’s meet for espresso one morning then. How approximately day after today? Or i will do Thursday too. you need to have time for espresso.

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