The governor of Riyadh and one of the senior members of the Al-Saud family, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, has died aged 72.

Prince Sattam was a son of King Abdulaziz, the founder of Saudi Arabia. He had been appointed governor of Riyadh in November 2011 following the appointment of former Riyadh governor Prince Salman to the role of crown prince.

At one point, he had been considered a possible future king. His death is expected to accelerate the appointment of the grandsons of King Abdulaziz to senior positions in the Saudi government.

Although not long in the role as governor of Riyadh, he left his mark in March last year by removing a ban on single men being allowed into Riyadh’s malls at weekends in order to prevent them mingling with the opposite sex.