(His brother also treats the country as an ATM, and it remains a crime in Brunei for anyone to ever discuss how the royals spend their money.) “It was certainly a concern,” she says.
In transit, she was no high-class hooker — just another slightly drunk conspicuous consumer.
Over three years, Lauren went back and forth to Brunei for months on end, leaving when the Prince had finally tired of her.
The Sultan is descended from a centuries-old royal line, maintained by intermarriage among cousins.
Brunei is about the size of Delaware, with a population of 415,000, and the government provides free education, health care, pensions and low-interest loans for the purchase of homes and cars.
It was adversarial.” Lauren was considered a Jefri favorite, and her status was confirmed when Jefri passed her along to his brother, the Sultan.