A woman who says she was secretly married to ‘s late king Fahd won her claim for a multi-million pound payout from his son at ‘s High Court on Tuesday.
Judge Peter Smith ruled that Janan Harb was entitled to more than Â£15 million ($23 million/21 million euros), plus the deeds to two plush flats, thought to be worth Â£5 million 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.
Harb claimed Fahd, who became king in 1982 and died in 2005, had promised to provide for her financially for the rest of her life.
She claimed told her in 2003 that he was prepared to honour his father’s promise, and had offered to give her Â£12 million plus the deeds to the two flats by the River Thames.
She took legal action after claiming she had received neither the money nor the properties.
“This has been 12 years of misery for me. I am very happy with British justice,” Harb said after the ruling.