Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the 28 year-old son of the Qatari Emir, had a wonderful college experience during his time in Los Angeles. After failing to gain admission to UCLA with two golden camels, Al Thani somehow got into USC. After an LA Times investigation, it appears that Al Thani may have had "special treatment," both academically, and in accommodations to the prince, and his entourage of employees, while attending the university.
During his time in Los Angeles, Sheikh Al Thani was no stranger to the jet-set crowd, rubbing shoulders with celebs, while tooling around town in one of his high-priced luxury cars. He bragged about living in the "Pretty Woman" hotel, while spending his time playing video games with friends.
There was no shortage of supporters rushing to the prince's defense. Regarding the investigation David G. Keyko, a New York Attorney, stated in a letter, “Your research thus far has turned up suspicions, suppositions and multiple levels of hearsay about matters that, if they took place at all, happened years ago.”
Spokesman for the Prince, Max Shulklapper, a spokesman for the prince, felt that the premise of the Times investigation was racially insensitive, “if not outright bigoted... Would you be asking these questions if a white student allegedly did not show up to his college class, or was pulled over for speeding? Would you ask these questions if a white student’s parent allegedly donated money to a university toward its betterment?”
KFI AM640's Bryan Suits weighed in with his perspective on the story.