Dubai woman files for divorce after husband charges money to spend time with her

A woman in Dubai has sued her husband for divorce because he “charged her” 500 dirhams to spend time with her. (Shutterstock)
Updated 21 February 2018
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Dubai woman files for divorce after husband charges money to spend time with her

LONDON: A woman in Dubai has sued her husband for divorce because he “charged her” 500 dirhams ($136) every time she wanted to spend time with him, according to a report in the UAE’s Al Bayan newspaper.
The Arab man — who is currently unemployed — claimed that spending the day with his wife was time he could have been spending with his friends, and felt giving up his time was a “service he should be compensated for,” the report went on to say.
He based his demand on his belief that “an employed woman should help her unemployed husband.”
The first time she was asked, the woman gave her husband the 500 dirhams in return for going out with her in his car, assuming it was a one-off request.
But according to the report, he kept asking for the same fee every time she wanted to go out with him.
The wife refused and chose to remain at home instead of allowing the situation to escalate, the report stated.
After a month, the wife decided to seek a divorce rather than continue paying money to spend time with her own husband.


Meghan Markle’s father appeals to British queen over rift with daughter

Updated 17 December 2018
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Meghan Markle’s father appeals to British queen over rift with daughter

  • Meghan’s father said he had not had contact with his daughter for months and repeated text messages to Meghan had gone unanswered
  • Kensington Palace did not immediately comment on the interview

LONDON: Meghan Markle’s father directly appealed to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth on Monday to intercede and end his estrangement from his daughter, the wife of Prince Harry.
Former US actress Meghan, now the Duchess of Sussex, married Harry, the queen’s grandson and sixth-in-line to the throne, in a glittering ceremony at Windsor Castle in May.
But the immediate build-up to the wedding was overshadowed by her father, Thomas, a former lighting director for US TV soaps and sitcoms, who pulled out days beforehand after undergoing heart surgery.
Meghan’s father said he had not had contact with his daughter for months and repeated text messages to Meghan had gone unanswered.
When asked what message he had for Queen Elizabeth, 92, Thomas Markle said: “I would appreciate anything she can do and I would think that she would want to resolve the family problems.”
“All families, royal or otherwise, are the same and they should all be together certainly around the holidays,” Markle added.
Markle said that Meghan, 37, had not sent him a Christmas card but that he was hopeful that they could at some time build their relationship.
“Please reach out to me,” he said of Meghan. “I love my daughter very much and she has to know that... Just send me a text.”
“All I can say is that I’m here she knows it and I’ve reached out to her and I need her to reach back to me. I love her very much,” Markle said. “This can’t continue forever.”
Harry, 34, and Meghan are expecting their first child in the spring of 2019.
“I am certainly hoping that everything goes well and that they produce a beautiful baby and I’ll get to see a little Meghan or a little Harry — that would be very nice and I look forward to that happening,” Markle said.
“I think she’ll make a great Mom.”
Markle dismissed reports that Meghan could at times be rude. She was, he said, very polite as she had been raised on Hollywood stages.
When asked if she was a social climber, her father said: “She’s always been a very controlling person and that’s part of her nature but she has never been rude.”
Kensington Palace did not immediately comment on the interview.