A woman who says she was secretly married to Saudi Arabia’s late king Fahd won her claim for a multi-million pound payout from his son at London’s High Court on Tuesday.
Judge Peter Smith ruled that Janan Harb was entitled to more than 15 million pounds ($23 million/21 million euros), plus the deeds to two plush London flats, thought to be worth 5 million pounds each.
He accepted that the absolute ruler’s son Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd had struck such an agreement with Harb, honouring the king’s promise that she would be looked after for the rest of her life.
Unless the prince decides to challenge the ruling in the higher Court of Appeal, he will have to pay up within 28 days.
Born to a Christian Palestinian family, Harb, 68, is now a British national.
She says she was secretly married to Fahd in 1968 when she was 19 and he was a prince and the interior minister.