According to a telegram sent from the American embassy in Riyadh on July 13, 2008, the king is also about 10 years older than what was previously assumed.
The telegram was based on information provided by a Western medical source that had frequent contact with members of the Saudi royal family. According to the telegram, this source arrived in Saudi Arabia in order to examine one of King Abdullah’s four wives, but received the king’s medical file by mistake.
According to the file, King Abdullah was born in 1916. Even though he was 92 at the time, the report noted that he was still a heavy smoker, received hormone shots regularly, and was using Viagra.
The telegram noted that the Saudi royal family always made sure not to provide information about the king’s medical condition or age. The US embassy added that according to past estimates, King Abdullah’s age was in the 82-87 range. However, if the newly released figures are correct, he is much older than previously assumed.
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