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‘Secret British wife’ of late Saudi king wins legal battle for rights

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Source: Mail online

By AMANDA WILLIAMS

Janan Harb says she was secretly married to the late King Fahd in 1968
She claims he’d promised to provide for her financially for the rest of her life
Claims she is owed a lump sum of £12 million – promised to her 11 years ago
She also claims ownership of two high-value apartments in central London
Mrs Harb has warned Prince Abdul Aziz she’ll ‘expose’ her life in harem

A British woman who claims she was married to the late King of Saudi Arabia has won an early round of a multi-million pound legal battle with his son, as she threatens to expose details of her late husband’s harem.

Janan Harb says she was secretly married to the late King Fahd – then a prince and minister of the interior of Saudi Arabia – in 1968 when she was 19, and he had promised to provide for her financially for the rest of her life.

But she said she was forced to leave the country several years later, because his family disapproved of their union.
Mrs Harb says she is owed a lump sum of £12 million – promised to her 11 years ago -plus the ownership of two high-value apartments in central London.

Prince Fahd with 'secret' wife Janan Harb at her Al Sharafya Palace before her banishment in 1970

Prince Fahd with ‘secret’ wife Janan Harb at her Al Sharafya Palace before her banishment in 1970

She has warned Prince Abdul Aziz – son of the late King Fahd – that she will ‘expose’ what it is really like to be married to a Saudi king if he does not pay up.

Prince Abdul has argued the High Court in England had no jurisdiction to try Ms Harb’s claim because he had ‘state immunity’.

But a High Court judge today ruled against him after a hearing in London.

Mrs Justice Rose said the prince could not rely on a defence of state immunity to defeat Mrs Harb’s claim.

After the ruling, Mrs Harb, who is in her 60s, told reporters that she was ‘very happy and relieved’.

‘After 12 years of persistence I am very happy and relieved,’ Mrs Harb told reporters after today’s ruling.

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Posted by on June 10, 2014. Filed under Europe,Saudi Arabia,UK. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

One Response to ‘Secret British wife’ of late Saudi king wins legal battle for rights

  1. Rafiq A. Tschannen

    June 10, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Royals who can afford it should not be so ‘stingy’. After all she is not claiming half of the King’s wealth, but just the sum she was promised. On another note: If an English lady marries a polygamist either the marriage is not approved according to English law or she is a bigamist? What do the lawyers say?

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