Photo: Royal Hasemite Court
In July 2009, it was announced that Queen Rania's oldest son, Prince Hussein, would be heir to the throne of Jordan.
Queen Rania admits she had mixed feelings about the decision. "A mom part of me wants him to just have a normal life and just have the normal teenage experience and have friends and not have any pressure," she says. "But another part of me understands that by having the title, he can learn more about the people, the problems and the protocol of our country."
Despite her family's royal status, Queen Rania says she works hard to keep her children grounded. "With my son, I make sure that he understands that he, at the end of the day, needs to be a decent guy," she says. "He needs to be compassionate and inclusive."
Queen Rania says she most hopes her son learns that it's more important to be likable than popular. "Being popular comes when you have everything," she says. "But to be liked, it means that you must be treating people with respect and you must be showing kindness toward them."