A U.K. High Court judge has awarded a £15 million settlement to a woman who is said to be the "secret wife" of the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia.
Palestinian-born Janan Harb, 68, claims Fahd — who ruled from 1982 to 2005 — had vowed to look after her for the rest of his life.
The woman says she secretly tied the knot with him in 1968 when she was just 19 years old and he was a prince. She told the jury in July that the conservative Islamic Saudi royal family opposed their marriage because she hailed from a Christian family.
Harb was eventually banished from Saudi Arabia in 1970 when the family "wrongly" accused her of King Fahd's methadone addiction.
In June 2003, when the then-Saudi king was ill, Harb says she was approached by Prince Abdul Aziz, the son of another of the king's wives, who promised her a sum of £12 million and two flats in Chelsea as long as she kept her relationship secret.
However, the prince never fulfilled the alleged promise, and after he failed to attend court to on the judge’s orders, the ruling came out in the woman’s favor.
Following the verdict, Harb told reporters that it had been “12 years of misery” for her, adding prince Abdul Aziz was trying to take the case in a Saudi court, where he would have won.
"I am very relieved. I only wish he could have honored his father's wishes ... he is being very mean,” she told Sky News. "This is a very difficult case. I really thank the judge so much. He was so understanding."