Originally Posted by elladora
Also why would she dislike Alia because of her heritage? I mean from Muna (and even Noor) I can understand. She was British and correct me if I'm wrong but Jordan had been a colony of Britain right?
Not precisely a colony, it was a mandate. After the break-up of the Ottoman Empire, the map of the Middle East was basically redrawn. This resulted in the British Mandate for Palestine, which included the territory of Transjordan. Transjordan remained British mandate until 1946, when the British government formally recognised its independence. Thereafter, it was known as the Kingdom of Jordan.
Queen Zein was a strong and dominating woman who wouldn't like rivalry from any woman, including her son's wives. I am not an expert on Jordanian royals, however Zein probably disliked Alia's Palestinian heritage because just years before Hussein and Alia got married, there were tensions between Jordanians and a certain groups of Palestinians in Jordan (fedayeens). If you want to learn more, you can read about the events of Black September.