Jordan's Princess Raiyah to Marry British Journalist Ned Donovan

Published November 6th, 2019 - 08:57 GMT
Youngest daughter of late King Hussein of Jordan to wed Roald Dahl's grandson. (Twitter)
Youngest daughter of late King Hussein of Jordan to wed Roald Dahl's grandson. (Twitter)
Princess Raiyah Bint Al Hussein 33, set to marry British journo Ned Donovan, 25.

The half sister of the embattled Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, who is fighting Dubai's billionaire ruler in the High Court to secure a forced marriage protection order for their two children, has announced that she is engaged.

Princess Raiyah Bint Al Hussein, 33, is set to marry Roald Dahl's grandson Ned Donovan, 25, a British journalist.

Raiyah is currently based in California, where she is completing a PhD at UCLA, while former reporter for The Times, Ned, is based in Delhi, where he reports on local news, and is moving to Jordan in December.

The announcement was made Jordan News Agency Petra, by the The Royal Hashemite Court.

Ted took to Twitter to share the announcement, writing: 'I am thrilled to share some incredibly happy news with you all.'

The statement reads: 'The Royal Hashemite Court is pleased to announce the engagement of Her Royal Highness Princess Raiyah bint Al Hussein to Mr Faris Ned Donovan, which took place on Saturday, 26 October 2019.

'The Royal Hashemite Court extends its sincere congratulations to Her Royal Highness Princess Raiyah and to Mr Donovan on this occasion. Princess Raiyah, born in Amman in 1986, is the daughter of His Majesty the late King Hussein bin Talal and Her Majesty Queen Noor.

'She holds an undergraduate master's degree in Japanese studies from Edinburgh University in Scotland, a master's degree in Japanese literature from Columbia University in New York, and is currently a PhD candidate in pre-modern Japanese literature at UCLA.'

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Ned's websites shows that he has worked for the Mail, Buzzfeed and the Spectator, as well as appearing on BBC current affairs programme.

Advertising himself as being available for commissions in India, he states that he is soon relocating to Jordan. 

Ned is grandson to famous British novelist Roald Dahl, and son to author Chantal Sophia 'Tessa' Dahl - who was born to Roald and American actress Patricia Neal.

Tessa Dahl married actor Julian Holloway and had children Clover and Luke with him, before going on to marry businessman Patrick Donovan, son of an Australian academic and diplomat, whom she welcomed son Ned with.

Meanwhile Raiyah is the youngest daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan and Queen Noor, and shares half sibling King Abdullah of Jordan with Princess Haya. 

Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, 45, is battling Dubai's billionaire ruler in the High Court to secure a forced marriage protection order for their two children - and stop them leaving Britain. 

Princess Haya claims to have fled Dubai with her two children to hide in the UK 'in fear of her life' after becoming estranged from Sheik Mohammed.

Haya is daughter to King Hussein, who was succeeded on the throne in Amman by Abdullah II in 1999.

Princess Haya wed the 70-year-old sheik, who is also vice-president of the UAE, in 2004 in what was believed to be his sixth marriage. He has more than 20 children by different wives. 

Haya is the daughter of Jordan's late Queen Alia, a popular figure with Palestinian roots who died in a helicopter crash in 1977. 

The princess, who competed in equestrian events in the 2000 Olympics, and her brother Prince Ali are seen by many Jordanians as charismatic members of the Hashemite royal family. 

This article has been adapted from its original source.

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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