Just saw her biography on her official site: http://www.princessfiryal.org/bio.html
. I didn't know Talal and Ghida are her son and daughter-in-law.
Also I wonder where she got these spectacular jewels from (looks better than most of the Queens of Jordan's jewels). Go to the 5th picture:http://www.princessfiryal.org/family.html
Also something from newyorksocialdiary:
And in the New York Observer, my perspicacious friend Max Abelson has reported that the Lionel Pincus/Princess Firyal relationship has been transformed into a nasty looking little battle over the money.
Just in case you didn’t know: Lionel Pincus was a Wall Street investment banker, head of a firm that was/is a family firm -- Warburg Pincus. The Warburgs and the Pincuses are members of the aristocracy of old world bankers. When I say aristocracy, I mean Old Guard, Old Traditions and Old Money.
Lionel, who is now very old and ailing with Alzheimers or something equally as impossible, is the quintessence of all those things. A very refined and gentle man, a kind and genteel man, he was also a devoted family man and long married to the same woman. The Pincuses had (at least) two sons. When Mrs. Pincus died quite a few years ago, after a difficult and painful illness, Lionel was heartbroken with grief. Many people knew this and sympathized because they couldn’t imagine how the man – then probably in his mid to late sixties – would make a life without her.
Then he met Firyal and began what seemed at the outset to be an unlikely match. Princess Firyal of Jordan, Her Royal Highness, seriously, and sister-in-law to the King Hussein. A nice Palestinian girl, Firyal, as she is known to her legions of friends all over the world. Firyal and her husband were eventually divorced although she was allowed to keep her HRH which she probably had no intention of ever giving up (i.e., by marrying). For a number of years, after her marriage broke up, she had a serious relationship with Stavros Niarchos. She was, it was said, his mistress and he gifted her with tens of millions including houses in London and Paris.
Take heed, the word mistress, in this sense, is far from the common lore. It has more to do with the word “courtesan” in the historic sense. Madame de Pompadour, Madame DuBarry, Mrs. Keppel. These women were notable for their portfolios of charm, wit and their ethereal talents with men. When Lionel Pincus met Firyal, a light went back on in his life. She introduced him to her world which is broad and rich and international. He was living again. She is also a very intelligent, very well-informed, politically astute woman who can hold her own in conversation on the most delicate political topics. Their relationship is proof that a Palestinian can live and love a Jew. And vice versa.
In other words, Firyal gave Lionel Pincus a new lease on life. And being the gentleman that he is/as/always has been, he demonstrated his ardor with a variety of gifts including real estate to maintain the lady in the style to which she had long been accustomed. He saw nothing wrong with that. It is also true, or has been said, maybe even in the Post, that Firyal is a very big spender. Mrs. Blankfein and Mrs. Friedman have nothing on her. It has been said that Lionel sometimes got a little “upset” by the bills. Sound familiar? Nevertheless, I know that when she wanted something he wanted her to have it.
I don’t think any of Princess Firyal’s friends or acquaintances, along with her detractors ever misunderstood what forged her relationship with Lionel Pincus, a man believed by some to be a billionaire. I doubt that Lionel Pincus misunderstood because he was not only an intelligent man and sensitive man. It was what forges most relationships in this world. It was what forged the relationship between Goldman Sachs and the US Treasury. What was surprising about this relationship was how sweet it was to see -- especially to see this man at the later time, now far from youth, be restored to be living again. Firyal did that for him.
But then Lionel got sick. For a long time Firyal looked after him, even taking him out to dine although he was departing. Now he is no longer accessible to anyone. It’s tragic just to consider, and it must be tragic for Firyal who was a loving partner to Lionel. And now it’s really about the money and who’s not going to have it. There is a court case going on downtown right now about the same subject. When it comes to Other People’s Money, everybody seems to know where it should go and to whom. I’m sure Lionel knew, but then fate stepped in.
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