Early life and education
Hussein was born on 28 June 1994 in Amman to the then-Prince Abdullah and Princess Rania. Abdullah had met Rania, a marketing employee at Apple Inc., in Amman at a dinner organized by Abdullah's sister Princess Aisha in January 1993; they married six months later. Hussein is the namesake of his grandfather, King Hussein. Hussein says he is the 42nd direct descendant of Muhammad through his daughter Fatimah, whose husband was Ali the fourth caliph. The Hashemites ruled Mecca for over 700 years until its 1925 conquest by the House of Saud, and has ruled Jordan since 1921. The Hashemites are the oldest-ruling dynasty in the Muslim world, and are the second-oldest-ruling dynasty in the world, after the Imperial House of Japan.
Hussein is the eldest child of Abdullah and has two sisters and one brother; Princess Iman, Princess Salma and his youngest sibling Prince Hashem. Hussein started his primary education at the International School of Choueifat and the International Amman Academy; he finished his high school at King's Academy in 2012, obtained a bachelor's degree in international history at Georgetown University in 2016, and graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2017. He is a first lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Forces.