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Aga Khan’s son gets divorced from American wife
Observer Online Desk
Published : Monday, 22 June, 2015,  Time : 1:39 PM,  View Count : 58
Aga Khan’s son gets divorced from his American wife – as she buys $2.2million Manhattan apartment to start her new single life.

The split is revealed just days after Aga Khan’s oldest son Prince Rahim married American supermodel Kendra Spears.
The Aga Khan is worth in excess of $9billion – but it’s not known what Princess won in the divorce settlement.
The couple met while students at Columbia University .

The stunning wife of the billionaire Aga Khan’s son Prince Hussain has confirmed their divorce after snapping up a $2.2 million Manhattan apartment to start a new life, MailOnline can reveal.

Princess Khaliya Khan, 36, bought the property in her maiden name, Kristin White, just weeks before her ex-husband’s elder brother Prince Rahim Aga Khan celebrated his wedding to American supermodel Kendra Spears.

Princess Khaliya, a New York-born blonde, married Prince Hussain, 39, in the fairtytale setting of the Chateau of Chantilly in September 2006. She adopted the name Khaliya upon converting to Islam for her marriage.

The couple met when they were both were studying at New York’s Columbia University, from where they graduated with masters degrees.

Split: Prince Hussain, the younger son of the Aga Khan, on his wedding day to Kristin White in September 2006 in Chantilly, northern Paris. The couple are now divorced.

A private ceremony was followed by a ball for family and friends at the Aga Khan’s lavish estate, Aiglemont, in Gouviex, France. This was followed by a civil marriage ceremony.

In 2011, the Daily Mail’s Richard Kay reported there was trouble in the marriage and that the couple were parting ways – but neither Prince Hussain nor Princess Khailya ever publicly confirmed the report and it is as yet unknown where the couple actually filed for divorce.

However, at a conference earlier this year in Las Vegas to announce the launch of her new foundation, Princess Khaliya was asked about her royal links. Pausing for a moment, she said: ‘I married somebody who is a Prince by honorary decree through the British system because of the aid that they gave to the Indian state during the Battle of Independence…it’s kind of complicated, it’s more of a title that’s connected to a people than to a land.

‘Technically it’s my husband’s domain – my ex-husband’s domain.’  And when asked if she was royal, she replied: ‘I am and I’m not!’

Prince Rahim Aga Khan followed in the footsteps of his brother by marrying an American, model Kendra Spears. The couple tied the knot in Geneva, Switzerland, on August 31

It is understood that Princess Khaliya lived for a time after the split at 666 Greenwich Street, an apartment building also once home to Monica Lewinsky.

However, just weeks ago, she sealed the deal on a sprawling two-bedroom apartment in a modern Condo building on the Lower East Side, featuring gorgeous views overlooking the city, paying $2,240,150 in total.

And she has most definitely been seen living the single life after being pictured at trendy Palm Springs musical festival Coachella in April, joining friends British socialite Lady Victoria Hervey and fashion editor Indira Cesarine.

The Princess’s father Professor Norman White is an IT specialist, and his wife, Dr Margaret White, is a psychologist – and they live a rather more modest life than the Aga Khan in Montclair, New Jersey.

Speaking at Catalyst Week in Las Vegas, Princess Khaliya said: ‘My story is one of listening to your heart and following your intuition and taking paths that are not always the most obvious or the easiest ones – or the most intelligent ones. And I think there’s a lesson to be learned in that.‘

She discussed her time in the Peace Corps and meeting her ex-husband, which led her to setting up her own foundation, adding: ‘Every time I followed my heart, my intuition and my consciousness led me down another path.’

Her foundation, she said, aims to ‘harness technology in Silicon Valley and use it in the developing world.’


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