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Attorney confirms divorce between former Malaysian King and Russian wife


The former King of Malaysia, Sultan Muhammad V’s attorney has confirmed the former monarch divorced his Russian beauty queen wife in June.

Koh Tien Hua, based in Singapore, released a statement Saturday saying his 49-year-old client had “irrevocably divorced” the 27-year-old Russian, Rihana Oksana Voevodina. The ex-Miss Moscow denies the divorce saying she has no knowledge of any legal proceedings.

“Ms Rihana was informed of the irrevocable divorce on 22 June 2019 through her lawyers Alexander Dobrovinsky & Partners of Russia and a copy of the divorce certificate was given to her,” he said.

The divorce took place under the Muslim law “triple talaq” where a man divorces his wife by saying “talaq” three times on 22 June. Talaq is Arabic for divorce. This is considered the severest form of divorce in Islam.

After the “triple talaq” in June, his state of Kelantan’s Malaysia’s sharia court issued a divorce certificate under the Islamic Family Law Enactment.

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The Sultan of Kelantan’s lawyer added another twist to the story by suggesting the Sultan may not be the father of the couple’s two-month-old son, Tengku Ismail Leon Petra Bin Tengku Muhammad V Faris Petra (b. 21 May 2019). He said, “There is no objective evidence as yet as to the biological father of the child.”

The former King’s attorney added, “On behalf of His Royal Highness, we request that his privacy be respected.”

However, his ex-wife spoke to the Malaysiakini saying that the online circulation of the divorce certificate was an “act of provocation,” adding that the Sultan was “full of love” for her and their child. Osaka is currently in Russia with her son. She stressed that they have “never divorced.”

Osaka continues to share photos and videos of her and Mohammad V on her official Instagram account (which she opened on 3 June) showing their love and relationship. As recently as three days ago, she shared a video where the couple is talking, in English, about their love and family.

Mohammad V stunned Malaysia by announcing his abdication in January of this year. His term as monarch was not due to end until 2021.

The couple married in 2018, and some believe the marriage prompted his abdication.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.