Kasia Gallanio, the Los Angeles-born ex-wife of Qatari royal Abdelaziz bin Khalifa Al-Thani, described the fairytale life she lived while she was a princess as being like a “golden cage”.
Ms Gallanio, who died of a suspected drug overdose at her Marbella home last week, had been denied custody of her three daughters after splitting with her 73-year-old husband.
Speaking on web-based discussion programme Women’s World Show, Galliano said: "There has been a lot of articles in the press because the custody [case] is going on right now.
"So I decided after a few years it's time to speak up, it's time to let people know that it's not all glam and perfect, that I do also struggle and go through things.
"It has been difficult, not just for me but for the children.”
On May 19, a Paris court dismissed Ms Gallanio's custody claim.
Ms Gallanio, 45, told the show’s host, Clara Chizoba Kronborg, that since her story had become known, she had received lots of messages from women in similar positions – "especially coming from the Middle East".
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She added: "I think money is actually a curse because it isolates you from a lot of people. It's a different world, I grew up in a normal household so for me it was a completely different world.
"I grew up in the States, so coming into the Royal family as an American was completely new."
She said she hadn’t realised how much of her freedom she would have to sacrifice, and when Kronborg suggested her life was like “a golden cage" and Galliano agreed: "in a golden cage, right.”
After the court case, Al-Thani maintained custody of the couple’s three daughters at the Paris home where he has lived in exile since 1992, following allegations of involvement in a failed coup.
Meanwhile Gallanio lived alone in the luxury Playas del Duque apartment complex, in Marbella, where she was reportedly battling depression and struggling with alcohol and drugs dependencies.
Although the result of a post-mortem examination is yet to be made public, local police say that Gallanio had died of an apparent drug overdose.
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