Books: From Palace To Prison

Malika Oufkir went from being a King's favorite to his enemy. Why her Stolen Lives has become a hit

For a prison memoir, Malika Oufkir's story opens sweetly, as if her life were a fairy tale in reverse. She is a rebellious 5-year-old in frilly dresses when she is adopted by King Mohammed V to become a favorite daughter's perpetual playmate. For the next 11 years, until well after King Hassan II succeeds to the throne, she lives the incredible life of a Moroccan princess. Beautiful palaces become her playgrounds; her every wish is a servant's command. She rides horseback with royalty, giggles through Cabinet meetings and travels on state visits. She greets so many foreign dignitaries it makes her...

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