Princess Raya bint Al Hussein marries in UK


Published: 2020-07-09 16:04

Last Updated: 2022-07-06 19:34

Princess Raya bint Al Hussein marries in UK
Princess Raya bint Al Hussein marries in UK

Princess Raiyah bint Al Hussein married British author Roald Dahl's grandson, Ned Donovan, in a small ceremony in England on Tuesday.

“Thank you all for your kind messages on our wedding! While it was originally planned for April in Jordan, the pandemic derailed those plans and it was safer for my husband’s family to hold it in the UK.

“God willing, we look forward to celebrating in Jordan once the situation allows,” the princess shared on Twitter.

The socially-distanced ceremony was attended by Queen Noor, Jordan's ambassador to the UK, Omar Nahar, and a few members of the groom’s family.

Donovan converted to Islam before the wedding, began learning Arabic, and changed his name to Faris.

Princess Raiyah is the daughter of the late King Hussein and Queen Noor, and the half-sister of King Abdullah II, who gave the couple his blessing for the marriage.

The bride has a Master’s degree in Japanese studies from the University of Edinburgh and a second Master’s degree in Japanese literature from Columbia University in New York.

She is currently studying for a PhD in Japanese literature at the University of California.

The groom is a freelance journalist, who has had his work published in The Spectator, New Statesman and The Telegraph.