‘Secret wife’ of late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia wins £20m in damages

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Picture dated 10 January 2004 of Saudi King Fahd at his residence in Riyadh.

‘Secret wife’ of late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia wins £20m in damages


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The “secret wife” of the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia has won more than £20m in damages and property (including two luxury apartments in the United Kingdom) from his son to continue the “lavish lifestyle” she had become accustomed to.

Janan Harb, 68, claims she has written two books about the late King in which she could ‘spills the beans’ on their relationship, reported The Telegraph.

As she left the court, Harb was quoted as saying: “I am very very happy. This has been 12 years of misery for me. I am very happy with British justice otherwise they wanted me to go to Saudi Arabia where they could have stoned me.

“I am very relieved and only wish the Prince could have honoured what his father wanted and stopped delaying things. He is just being very mean.”

In his judgment, Justice Peter Smith said the late King made “substantial payments” to Harb during his lifetime. The two were allegedly married in 1968, at which time the late King had opened a bank account for her with £25,000 in it as “spending money”.

King Fahd died in 2005 aged 82, and the High Court ruled that her £400m maintenance claim died with him.

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