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A Saudi princess of an infamous royal family will go on trial in Paris, accused of having ordered her bodyguard to beat a worker while shouting "kill him".

Princess Hassa bint Salman is the daughter of King Salman, the Saudi monarch, and the half-sister of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The case against the princess comes from an alleged assault in her apartment on the very best Ave Foch west of Paris in September 2016.

The trial should be tried on July 9, a legal source said the AFP on Wednesday.

The alleged victim said she was hired for renovation work in Princess Hassa's apartment, and she got angry after taking a photo, accusing him of selling it to the media.

He claims that the princess, who is said to be 40, ordered the bodyguard to beat him.

The magazine Le Point reported that the princess shouted: "Kill him, the dog, he doesn't deserve to live".

The worker says he was hit in the face, his hands were tied, and he was forced to kiss the princess's feet during an hour ordeal.

His tools were confiscated before he was allowed to leave.

AFP reported that at the time of the accident his injuries were so severe that he was ordered to leave for eight days.

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The bodyguard was accused on 1 October 2016 of armed violence, theft, death threats and someone who opposed his will.

Princess Hassa risks being absent from the trial, as she was not arrested on the basis of an international arrest warrant issued in 2017.

Lionised in the Saudi media for her charitable work and campaign for women's rights, Princess Hassa is sister to Prince Mohammed, one of the most powerful leaders in the Middle East.

Known from his initials MBS, 32-year-old Prince Mohammed shook Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East since he was elevated to Crown Prince in 2017.

Widely considered a de facto leader under the 82-year-old father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Mohammed introduced himself as a champion of moderate Islam.

But the crown prince faced a diplomatic crisis from the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a fierce critic, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October.

The Saudis, after initially denying that they knew anything about Khashoggi's disappearance, eventually recognized that a team killed him in the consulate, but described it as a rogue operation that did not involve the crown prince.

The legal case of Princess Hassa is not the first time that the Saudi royals have had contact with the law in France.

In 2013, the French authorities ordered the seizure of assets to the Saudi princess Maha al-Sudairi, wife of the then interior minister, Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, on an unpaid luxury hotel card of nearly six million of euros ($ A9.7 million).

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