Mohammed bin Nayef, former Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia was reportedly forced from power by his younger cousin over claims he was addicted to painkillers.
Bin Nayef was summoned to meet King Salman bin Abdulaziz at the royal palace in Mecca last month.
His phone was reportedly seized and he was ordered to step aside in favour of Mohammed bin Salman, the King’s son, over claims an addiction to painkillers was clouding his judgement.
A letter read out over the phone to the House of Saud’s Allegiance Council after his dismissal reportedly said: “Because of this dangerous situation we see that he should be relieved of his position and that Mohammed bin Salman be appointed in his place.”
But a senior Saudi official said the account was totally “unfounded and untrue in addition to being nonsense”.
“The story depicted here is a complete fantasy worthy of Hollywood,” the official said.