Inside the Royal-Filled Life of the Boy Who Shook the Queen’s Hand

While many of us might remember our childhood as being the happiest time of our lives, it still probably wasn’t as epic as this kid’s childhood.
Mohammed bin Ahmed Jaber Al Harbi, the spiffy little boy made famous for removing his top hat before shaking Queen Elizabeth II’s hand at the Epsom Derby on Saturday, lives an incredibly rich lifestyle filled with horse races, safari adventures, and hanging out with his “best friend,” Dubai’s Crown Prince Hamdan bin Mohammed al Maktoum.
Mohammed is the son of Ahmed Jaber ‘AJ’ Al Harbi, a close friend of the 32-year-old Emirati prince, known as “Fazza” by friends and relatives. According to Daily Mail, their association is thought to be through endurance horse racing, but the Al Harbi’s are generally part of the prince’s entourage wherever he goes.
Prince Hamdan himself is a former world champion rider, an avid sailor and a poet. Last year, the trio attended the Royal Ascot in the U.K. together.
The prince seems to be very attached to little Mohammed — they document all their adventures, from fishing trips to jungle safaris, on Instagram.
Much of their adventures also take place in their native Dubai, which includes riding around in the prince’s $225,000 Mercedes G55 or getting frozen yogurt with Mohammed’s other young friends.
Whether it’s the adorable pictures of the two or maybe just their boyish grins, Prince Hamdan and Mohammed’s friendship brings out the kid in all of us.
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