Death of a Princess

Marbella society was in shock yesterday as news broke of the death of one of its brightest stars

The former princess of Qatar, Kasia Gallanio, 46, was found dead at her apartment in Puerto Banus on Sunday, French newspaper Le Parisien reported.

Gallanio was the third wife of Abdelaziz bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the 73-year-old uncle of the Emir of Qatar.

They married in 2004 and had three daughters, but fought a custody battle for 10 years after she made allegations that he had sexually assaulted his eldest child.

He has always denied the allegations.

The three children live with their father off the Champs-Elysees in Paris after Gallanio was denied custody.

According to police sources Gallanio, who was born in Los Angeles and was of Polish origin, was found dead in her bedroom in Playas del Duque with no signs of violence. One of Kasia’s daughters had alerted the French police as she had not had contact with her mother for four days.

The investigation is open and pending autopsy.

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