So­cial­is­ing is ex­pen­sive, says model seek­ing £196m di­vorce

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By John Bing­ham

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

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