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Ten year divorce is finally settled

A divorce dispute spanning ten years between the Aga Khan and his second wife has finally been resolved after the court approved a settlement agreement, reports the Telegraph.

The Aga Khan married Gabriele zu Leiningen, a Princess from Germany, in 1998. He is the spiritual leader to many Ismaili Muslims, and after their marriage the Princess converted to Islam and adopted the name Inaara Aga Khan.

The couple had a son together, but their marriage subsequently fell apart and the couple separated in 2004 amid allegations that the Aga Khan had committed adultery.

Their divorce was initially heard in the High Court in London, and experts were predicting that it could become one of the most expensive divorces in history, with a possible settlement of up to half a billion pounds.

However, the case in the English courts fell apart and was transferred to the French legal system, where Princess Inaara was eventually awarded £54 million.

This was subsequently challenged by the Aga Khan, and the case continued for another three years until the Court of Appeals in Paris recently approved the terms of a settlement. 

The Telegraph reports that the terms of the settlement have been kept confidential, with lawyers only commenting that the marriage “ends by consent”.

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