The British royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton has invited at least eight dictators, including some that have brutally cracked down on protestors during the 2011 Middle East / North Africa unrest.
The invitation that provoked the fiercest outcry was the one to The Crown Prince of Bahrain, whose regime has killed several protesters and injured hundreds in bloody crackdowns.
Other invited royals whose regimes were embroiled in suppressing protestors in 2011 include Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and Morocco.
In total, invited royals to the wedding who are dictators – according to the categorization of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index – number at least eight.
Below is the list of the dictators:
(to view the full British Royal Wedding Guest List, click here)
The Crown Prince of Bahrain - Democracy Index rank 122 out of 167 countries
Sheikh Ahmad Hmoud Al-Sabah of Kuwait - Democracy Index rank 114 out of 167 countries
Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco - Democracy Index rank 116 out of 167 countries
Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said of Oman - Democracy Index rank 143 out of 167 countries
The Emir of The State of Qatar - Democracy Index rank 137 out of 167 countries
Prince Mohamed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia - - Democracy Index rank 160 out of 167 countries
The King of Swaziland - Democracy Index rank 141 out of 167 countries
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi - Democracy Index rank 148 out of 167 countries