A Qatari princess is suing her ex husband for a £100m ($153m) share of his fortune through the British courts, according to the UK’s Sunday Times.
Meshkah Tawfik married Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim Al Thani, a member of the Gulf state’s royal family and former interior, finance and petroleum minister, in 1991 before divorcing him last year.
Tawfik claimed that she was left with so little money following the divorce from Sheikh Hamad that she was forced to sell her Rolls-Royce as she could no longer afford the vehicle’s insurance. Tawfik also said that she did not have sufficient cash to pay for her children’s schools fees or the staff of four she retains at her residence.
“I am suing him not for me but to get maintenance for the children. As members of the royal family they should not be living like this," she told the Sunday Times.
Both Tawfik and Sheikh Hamad, whose fortune is estimated at £800m, live in London where they have two children, aged six and 13.
Sheikh Hamad’s uncle Khalifa is the former emir of Qatar, but was deposed in a bloodless coup in 1995. Sheikh Hamad was found guilty of staging an abortive coup a year later, and his family left the resource-rich Gulf country.
He was sentenced to death in absentia, although this judgement was revoked in 2006.
David Hodson, the sheikh's lawyer, told the newspaper: “[My client] believes their family matters and the lives of their children are private.”