Emir of Sharjah stands over his son Prince Khalid Al Qasimi’s body at royal funeral after ‘sex and drugs orgy’ death in London

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AN Arab prince who died in London yesterday at the age of 39 amid claims of a drug-fuelled orgy has been laid to rest in the city of Sharjah, which his father rules over.

Staff discovered the body of Sheik Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasim, 39, at his Knightsbridge penthouse on Monday morning.

Tens of thousands of mourners turned out for the funeral of Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasim
Tens of thousands of mourners turned out for the funeral of Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasim
Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi (second right) stood over the body of his son with his eyes closed
Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi (second right) stood over the body of his son with his eyes closed

Tens of thousands of mourners today attended the funeral of Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, who owns the fashion label Qasimi Homme, in the United Arab Emirates.

Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi stood over his son’s body with his eyes closed as he joined in prayers at the King Faisal Mosque at 9am.

During the service his body was flanked by the leaders of the four Northern Emirates.

They were Sheikh Saud bin Saqr, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid, Ruler of Ajman and Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid, Crown Prince of Ajman.

The funeral will be followed by three days of national mourning across the United Arab Emirates, with flags flying at half mast.

According to Sharia law, the dead should be buried as soon as possible. This is usually within 24 hours of death.

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Staff discovered the body of Sheik Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasim, 39, seen here with model Alice Delal in 2009, at his penthouse on Monday morning[/caption]

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A source said: ‘It is suspected that Sheik Khalid may have died suddenly as a result of taking drugs’[/caption]

An ambulance called police who are said to have found a quantity of Class A drugs.

A source said: “There had apparently been a party where some guests were taking drugs and having sex. It is suspected that Sheik Khalid may have died suddenly as a result of taking drugs. As well as the police inquiry, an urgent internal probe has been ordered and staff have been ordered to keep quiet.”

Sheik Khalid’s father is the ruler of oil-rich Sharjah, the third biggest city in the United Arab Emirates.

The family own a country estate in Sussex — where Sheik Khalid’s older brother was found dead from a heroin overdose in 1999. He was 24.

Detectives are treating the new tragedy as “unexplained” and have made no arrests.

His father announced three days of official mourning with the words that Sheik Khalid “is in the care of God”.

His sole surviving son and heir was a fashion designer and co-owner of upmarket label Qasimi. Celebrity fans include Lady Gaga and Cheryl Tweedy.

He had studied architecture and was an award-winning photographer.


The source said: “Like many young Arab men, Sheik Khalid enjoyed the freedoms he had in London. But it has ended very tragically.”

The Knightsbridge Apartments development where he died has 205 stunning homes across 12 floors, selling for up to £90million each.

Last night close friend and former business partner Elliott Frieze said: “He was incredibly hard working and talented. He was a wonderful person.”

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Al Qasimi with model Erin O’Connor on the catwalk at the Qasimi Spring Summer 2009 show at London Fashion Week[/caption]

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Al Qasimi, second left, next to model Erin O’Connor on the catwalk at the Qasimi Spring Summer 2009 show at London Fashion Week[/caption]

Prince Khalid Al Qasimi’s father Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi
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Designer Khalid Al Qasimi walks the runway at the Qasimi show during London Fashion Week
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