Saudi Arabia\u2019s Crown Prince\u00a0Mohammed Bin Salman, the 32-year-old\u00a0media-savvy\u00a0leader of the oil kingdom, has been unnaturally quiet recently, so much so that some in the Middle East media couldn\u2019t help but wonder if he is dead.\r\nBin Salman hasn\u2019t been seen in the public eye since his meeting with the Spanish royal family in on April 12. On April 21, heavy gunfire was heard near a royal palace in Riyadh, the kingdom\u2019s capital. Although Saudi Arabia\u2019s state news agency claimed it was a security force\u00a0shooting down a toy drone\u00a0that had gotten too close to the royal property, some wondered if the gunfire was in fact a coup led by Saudi royals trying to topple King Salman.\r\nSome of Saudi Arabia\u2019s enemies were pretty sure.\r\nLast week, the\u00a0Iranian newspaper\u00a0Kayhan\u00a0reported that the Crown Prince was hit by two bullets during the attack and may actually be dead,\u00a0citing \u201ca secret service report sent to\u00a0the senior officials of\u00a0an unnamed Arab state.\u201d\r\n\u201cThere is plenty of evidence to suggest that the absence of nearly 30 days of Muhammad bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, is due to an incident which is being hidden from the public,\u201d the daily paper claimed.\r\nTo add credence to the speculation,\u00a0Kayhan\u00a0pointed out that Bin Salman was not seen on camera when the new\u00a0U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Riyadh in late April, while his father,\u00a0Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir were photographed.\r\nIran and Saudi Arabia are longtime rivals in the Middle East competing for more dominant influence in the region.\r\nTo dismiss the rumor, the Saudi royal family on Wednesday\u00a0released a photo of Bin Salman\u00a0at a cabinet meeting in Jeddah and\u00a0confirmed that he is alive.\r\nBin Salman\u2019s month-long disappearance from the media limelight contrasts his high-profile tour in the U.S. and Europe just weeks prior, during which he courted a number of American business titans to discuss business deals.\r\nBack home, the heir to the Saudi throne faces dangerous tension within the royal family. According to\u00a0Iran\u2019s PressTV, Bin Salman\u2019s cousin, Bin Nayef, and Mutab Bin Abdullah, son\u00a0of a late\u00a0king, are both against his aggressive invasion into Yemen and blockade of Qatar.\r\nThe coup on April 21, if true, was most likely a move of retaliation against Bin Salman\u2019s\u00a0sweeping anti-corruption crackdown\u00a0in November 2017, in which he detained dozens of wealthy royal members.