Saudi sports authorities shut down a female fitness centre in Riyadh Friday over a contentious promotional video that appeared to show a woman in figure-hugging workout attire.
King Salman was not present in his palace in Riyadh on Saturday when security forces shot down the drone in the area, a senior Saudi official told Reuters.
An official spotted the drone in Khozama district, where the royal palaces are located, and dealt with it "according to their orders and instructions", a statement from Riyadh police said.
Despite the fact that Prince Salman is working towards the modernisation of Saudi which is an ultra-conservative kingdom and has world's some of the toughest restrictions. The official added that the government will introduce rules to regulate the use of recreational drones.
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The 32-year-old prince has also overseen a major military shake-up and a royal purge as he consolidates power to a degree well beyond that wielded by previous rulers.
Houthi rebels in Yemen have used armed drones in attempts to target the Saudi capital before and have also fired ballistic missiles into the country.
Saudi Arabia, in the midst of a far-reaching liberalisation drive, will allow women to drive from June and recently permitted them to enter sports stadiums for the first time.