amanpour interview saudi women driving princess reema bint bandar al saud_00000000.jpg
amanpour interview saudi women driving princess reema bint bandar al saud_00000000.jpg
Now playing
08:02
Saudi Princess on women finally taking the wheel
CCTV
Now playing
01:12
Passengers trapped inside submerged subway as China battles deadly floods
siberia russia wildfires climate crisis Brunhuber ctw pkg intl ldn vpx_00003508.png
siberia russia wildfires climate crisis Brunhuber ctw pkg intl ldn vpx_00003508.png
Now playing
02:36
Huge swathes of Siberia are on fire. See how firefighters are responding
Tokyo 2020 no fun olympics essig pkg intl hnk vpx_00005430.png
Tokyo 2020 no fun olympics essig pkg intl hnk vpx_00005430.png
Now playing
03:25
Watch gymnast disprove myth about Olympic beds
Now playing
01:52
London mayor's biggest problem with eased Covid-19 restrictions
belgium church
CNN
belgium church
Now playing
01:44
Catholic shrine opens doors to other faiths amid deadly flooding
England lifted almost all of its Covid-19 restrictions on July 19 amid a rise in cases driven by the spread of the Delta variant. Mandatory mask wearing is gone, limits on the numbers of people who can mix indoor or outdoor have ended, social distancing is limited to people who have tested positive for the virus and airports, and venues like nightclubs and sports stadiums are free to open at full capacity. CNN's Phil Black reports.
CNN
England lifted almost all of its Covid-19 restrictions on July 19 amid a rise in cases driven by the spread of the Delta variant. Mandatory mask wearing is gone, limits on the numbers of people who can mix indoor or outdoor have ended, social distancing is limited to people who have tested positive for the virus and airports, and venues like nightclubs and sports stadiums are free to open at full capacity. CNN's Phil Black reports.
Now playing
03:11
Inside a reopened nightclub as England lifts Covid restrictions
CNN,FUNAI
Now playing
04:53
Indigenous communities battle illegal gold miners in the Amazon
Now playing
03:10
Picturesque German town now choked with mud and debris
Reuters
Now playing
02:42
French citizens protest mandatory vaccines for restaurants
Author's collection
Now playing
01:13
Terror groups came very close to acquiring chemical weapons
Now playing
03:44
Concerns grow of Cubans fleeing by boat amid protests
Now playing
02:37
CNN correspondent reports from ground as Belgium sees extreme flooding
Radio Television Caraibes
Now playing
03:46
New video shows suspects after assassination of Haiti's president
Author's Collection
Now playing
01:57
Writer: This is one of the greatest spy stories I've ever heard
CNN
Now playing
01:57
City center left gutted after violence and looting in South Africa
CNN —  

Saudi Arabia appointed its first female to serve as an ambassador for the kingdom Saturday, naming Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud to be ambassador to the United States.

The princess, a member of the Saudi royal family, has been an advocate for women’s rights in the kingdom and widely seen as a rising political star in the country. She will replace Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s younger brother, Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.

Princess Reema lived in Washington from roughly 1975 to 2005, according to a person close to her, while her father, Bandar bin Sultan al Saud, was Saudi’s ambassador to the US and as she attended George Washington University. Princess Reema has two teenaged children.

A person close to the princess told CNN that her appointment predates the murder of Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, but she will take her post as the country tries to smooth relations with the US after much criticism surrounding the journalist’s murder in Turkey at the Saudi consulate. Soon after Khashoggi’s disappearance, Saudi officials denied any involvement, but sources tell CNN the CIA assessed with high confidence that the crown prince ordered Khashoggi’s murder. Saudi Arabia acknowledged Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in Turkey, though they say a Saudi intelligence chief ordered the mission. In December, the US Senate passed a resolution condemning bin Salman.

Princess Reema currently works with the Saudi General Sports Authority and has worked to promote women in sports in the kingdom through initiatives focused on inclusion and encouraging more active lifestyles. She worked with the Ministry of Education to ensure physical education for girls in schools and championed a gender integrated team to the Special Olympics. She also worked in the private sector – as CEO at Harvey Nichols Riyad and co-founder of Yibreen, a series of day spas in Riyad.

The Saudi royal has also actively praised Prince bin Salman for pushing for reform in the country. In 2018, she commended the Saudi government for lifting the ban on women driving and allowing women to enter sport stadiums.

She told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in June, “Yes—we would’ve liked to see it sooner, but the fact that we are doing it today for me, absolutely, it’s wonderful.”