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Grandchildren win India royal Gayatri Devi's riches

September 24, 2015 6:40 pm

The grandchildren of one of the last queens of India have won a long legal battle to inherit her properties.

Gayatri Devi, once described as one of the most beautiful women in the world, died in July 2009 at the age of 90.

The fashion icon and former MP was the third wife of the maharajah of Jaipur, in northern India.

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Her stepchildren had challenged her will in court, arguing that she had been “misguided” by her grandchildren in the later stages of her life.

Her death sparked a court battle over her fortune – including palaces that now operate as luxury hotels – which the local media estimated at between $200m (£130m) and $400m.

Gayatri Devi’s death triggered a showdown between her grandchildren, Devraj Singh and Lalitya Kumari, and other descendents of the former maharajah.

According to her will, her two grandchildren would be the sole inheritors of her properties.

But her step children argued that she made the will when she was elderly, frail and unable to talk properly, and that they should have a share of the estate.

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