Fathia Ghali

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Fathia Fuad
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Princess of Egypt
Born (1930-12-17)17 December 1930
Koubbeh Palace, Cairo, Kingdom of Egypt
Died 10 December 1976(1976-12-10) (aged 45)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Burial Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, United States
Spouse Riyad Ghali (m. 1950; div. 1973)
Issue Rafiq Ghali
Raid Ghali
Rania Ghali
Full name
Fathia Fuad Ismail Ibrahim
House House of Muhammad Ali (by birth)
Father Fuad I
Mother Nazli Sabri
Religion Roman Catholicism, formerly Islam

Fathia Ghali (née Fathia Fuad) (Arabic: فتحية بنت فؤاد الأول‎‎) (17 December 1930 – 10 December 1976) was the youngest daughter of Fuad I of Egypt and Nazli Sabri, and so the youngest sister of Farouk I.

Early life[edit]

Fathia was born on 17 December 1930 at the Koubbeh Palace, El-Quba, Cairo.[1] She was of Turkish, Albanian, French and Circassian descent. Her father died when she was five years old. She was raised mostly close to her mother and her sister Faika. In 1948, she travelled with her sister Faika and her mother to the United States for her mother needed to undergo a kidney surgery.

Later life[edit]

After her mother's surgery succeeded, Fathia settled in the United States for a long time, and in 1949, her sister Faika married Fuad Sadek. After a while and in 1950, she herself married Riyad Ghali, their Royal Advisor, who was 11 years her senior, and was a Christian. In 1950, Nazli and Fathia both converted from Islam to Catholicism. She married at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, California, USA on 25 April 1950 (civ) and 11 May 1950 (rel).[2] King Farouk was shocked and humiliated by the scandal and sacrilege, Farouk, in effect, excommunicated the two women, confiscating their extensive lands and banning them from Egypt forever. Faika went back to Egypt in 1951 to get back her title, and she did, and her husband Fuad Sadek got the "Bekdom" or held the title "Fuad Bek Sadek". Fathia and her mother settled in the United States for the rest of her life, having many troubles that made her reach to living in a small flat in California. Later in 1973, she divorced Riyad Ghali because of bad investments that made them lose almost everything they owned. Later, her mother's jewelry was sold for $1,500,000. Fathia also worked as a cleaning lady to pay her debt. Some time later, her mother sent a request to President Anwar El-Sadat to retrieve their Egyptian passports, which he granted. However, some days before them two going back to Egypt, Fathia was killed by her husband, as explained below.


On 10 December 1976, the day she was returning to Egypt, she went to her ex-husband's house by the excuse of "taking Ghali's mother's (Galila) clothes". When she went, she found Ghali drunk, and not wanting her to leave, and using his revolver, he shot her with 6 shots in her head. Then, Ghali tried to kill himself but he survived. He went to prison. Some reports say he only served a year in prison, due to ill health.


Fathia and Riad Ghali had three children, two sons and a daughter:

  • Rafik (born 29 November 1952)
  • Rayed (born 20 May 1954)
  • Ranya (born 21 April 1956)


  • Her Royal Highness, Princess Fathyia Fuad of Egypt (1930–1950).
  • Mrs. Fathia Ghali (1950–1973).
  • Miss Fathia Fuad (1973–1976).



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