By Jane Nambi
Aga Khan’s son, Prince Hussain and wife, Princess Khaliya Khan have divorced.
36 year old Princess Khaliya, whose mainden name is Kristin White an American, got married to Prince Hussain in 2006. She divorced her husband just a few weeks before her ex-husband’s elder brother, Prince Rahim Aga Khan celebrated his wedding to American supermodel, Kendra Spears.
A New York-born blonde, Princess Khaliya 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. They met when they were both were studying at New York’s Columbia University, from where they graduated with masters degrees.
The lavish ceremony made a five-page spread in Hello! Magazine with the photographs supplied by the groom’s father, racehorse owner the Aga Khan, who is now said to be worth in excess of $9billion. After the lavish ceremony, a private ceremony was held 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.
Trouble in paradise was first noted in 2011. Earlier this year in Las Vegas to announce the launch of her new foundation, Princess Khaliya was asked about her royal links to which she answered, “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.” When asked if she was royal, she replied: “I am and I’m not!”
After the split, 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 worth more than $1 million. 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.”