Socialising is expensive, says model seeking £196m divorce
A FORMER model who claims Prince Andrew and Middle Eastern royalty among her social circle has told a court she needs a £196 million divorce payout from her Saudi ex-husband to keep up her “ultra-wealthy” lifestyle.
Christina Estrada, 54, estimates she would need £6.5 million a year as part of the separation from Walid Juffali, 61.
The High Court in London heard that figure includes around £1.2 million for her own clothing and accessories; three homes, all with their own staff; a fleet of cars and two nannies even though her daughter is a teenager and attends boarding school.
Dr Juffali, who the court was told is terminally ill with cancer, has offered her a £37 million settlement including a home in Beverley Hills and the use of a £6.5 million London property.
But she argues that would pale into insignificance in comparison with the opulence she previously enjoyed.
The court heard that included a string of houses in Saudi Arabia – one of which had its own zoo – substantial homes in England, including one on the edge of Windsor Great Park, and a massive “chalet” in Switzerland with showers lined with amethyst.
Challenged by Justin Warshaw QC, representing Dr Juffali, about her proposed budget, she said: “During the marriage a lot of the socialising we did was also for his business connections. We always used to say ‘ money attracts money’ and in this situation I need a future on my own, I want to rebuild my life with new foundations, maybe not the same but not so dissimilar.”
In a witness statement to the court Ms Estrada said: “My social position is very elevated. For example I was invited by Prince Andrew to dinner at the Royal Lodge with [ my daughter] during the week of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration. I am often invited by European and other royalty to social events and weddings.”
The court heard how the marriage broke down around 2013 after Dr Juffali took on a second wife, which is allowed under Islamic law, without initially telling Ms Estrada.
He presented her with divorce papers in Saudi Arabia in October 2014 but she has been granted leave to reach a settlement in London.
Christina Estrada walks to the High Court before a hearing over her divorce settlement