A former Qatari princess, who had accused her ex-husband of abusing one of her daughters, has been found dead in a Marbella – weeks after losing a high-profile fight.
Kasia Gallanio, 45, the third wife of billionaire Abdelaziz bin Khalifa Al Thani, 73, was found dead in Marbella on Sunday of a suspected drug overdose.
Her sudden death comes just two weeks after she lost a poisonous fight in the French courts with her ex-husband, who denies abuse.
Spanish police are awaiting the results of a post-mortem investigation, but sources say there were no signs of violence. This was reported by The Telegraph.
Kasia was found when one of her daughters raised the alarm after she could not contact her mother for several days.
Kasia, born in LA, married Mr Thani in 2004, after the couple met while they were a 19-year-old student in Paris.
The couple had three daughters together, but their marriage broke down in 2007.
Their divorce in 2012 sparked a toxic, high-profile fight over their twins, who are now 17, and a third daughter, who is 15.
During proceedings, Kasia accused Mr Thani of abusing one of her daughters.
Mr Thani denies the claim, but the allegation is being investigated by French prosecutors.
On May 19, a Paris court rejected Kasia’s custody claims, a decision that left her “devastated,” her lawyer told Le Parisien.
‘My client was devastated by this decision. I think she died mainly of grief, ‘Sabrina Boesch told the French publication.
Kasia is reported to have spent several months in the hospital due to suffering from nervous breakdowns and had also visited detox clinics in her fight against alcoholism.
Weeks before her death, she had described how challenging the transition from growing up in a normal home in the US to becoming a member of the Qatari royal family was challenging.
In an interview on April 17, she described her life as living in a ‘golden cage’, wanting freedom from her ex-husband, who she claimed refused to pay child support.
‘Money is a curse because it isolates you from many people. It’s a different world, ” she told Women’s World.
‘I grew up in a normal family, so it was a completely different world … I grew up in the States and joining the royal family as an American was something completely new.
‘There’s the saying, more money, more problems …’
The former princess revealed that she even had to sell her own jewelry as a result of her long and bitter divorce, despite living in a luxury Marbella villa.
She said: ‘I get criticized for wanting money, but I have to take care of my children.’
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Former Qatari princess 'dies of grief' after losing battle
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