The sister of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia will be the subject of a trial next month, accused of ordering his bodyguard to hit a worker.

Princess Hassa Bint Salman is expected to be absent from the trial to be held in Paris on July 9, according to a legal source quoted by the AFP news agency.

The victim was hired in September 2016 to renovate the princess's apartment in an extremely expensive part of the French capital.

When he took a picture of a room where the work was to be done, the princess accused him of wanting to sell it to the media.

She would then have ordered her bodyguard to assault her, shouting: "Kill him, the dog, he does not deserve to live".

The worker said that he had been punched in the face and that his hands were tied before he was forced to kiss his feet.

He was allowed to leave the apartment a few hours later, but his tools were confiscated and he stayed at work for eight days.

The bodyguard was indicted in 2016 for armed violence, theft, death threats and detention of a person against his will.

But Princess Hassa fled France and a warrant for his arrest in December 2017.

She was not apprehended.

The princess is the sister of Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman.

She is believed to have been in her forties and would have been praised by the Saudi media for her work in the areas of charity and women's rights.