PETALING JAYA: Rihana Oksana Gorbatenko, who married Sultan Muhammad V last year, said she was forced to sell her wedding ring worth £203,000 (about RM1.05 million), and accused the Kelantan ruler of refusing to provide for their son.
“I won’t say the price I sold it for, but it was three times less than its cost,” the former Russian beauty queen told Britain’s Daily Mail.
Sultan Muhammad V gave up the post of Agong early this year, not long after reports of his marriage to Oksana.
His Singapore-based lawyer Koh Tien Hua had rubbished Oksana’s claim that the Kelantan ruler fathered her child, and said the couple had divorced after the sultan opted for “triple talaq”, which renders a divorce irrevocable under Muslim marriage laws.
The Mail quoted Oksana as saying that she was strapped for cash after having to seek treatment in Switzerland.
She said she was at risk of losing the baby, and had to borrow to pay her medical costs for two months.
“It was a real danger, so she was forced to pawn the ring,” the tabloid quoted a friend as saying.
FMT has contacted the Kelantan palace for a response.