A Saudi Arabian prince has appeared in a British court charged with murdering his assistant in a luxury London hotel room.

Thirty-three-year-old Saud Bin Abdulaziz Bin Nasir Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is accused of killing Bandar Abdullah Abdulaziz, also from Saudi Arabia, at the Landmark Hotel.

Police found the 32-year-old victim's body in his suite on Monday. An autopsy shows he died of strangulation and head injuries.

The prince — whose grandfather is a brother of the current Saudi king, Abdullah — appeared at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday to confirm his personal details. He was assisted by an Arabic interpreter during the brief hearing.

Judge Timothy Workman remanded him in custody and ordered him to appear at court again on May 28.

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