Kelantan Palace Clarifies Rightful Crown Prince, Royal Titles

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In an apparent response to an Instagram posting by Rihana Oksana Gorbaten who married Sultan Muhammad V last year.

The Kelantan Palace on Tuesday (July 16) announced that no individuals can be referred to as the Permaisuri of Kelantan, Raja Perempuan Kelantan, Sultanah Kelantan or the Queen of Kelantan without any official announcement from the palace.

“Yang Teramat Mulia Dr Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra Ibni Sultan Ismail Petra is the Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan and His Highness Sultan Muhammad V’s mother, Yang Maha Mulia Tengku Anis binti Almarhum Tengku Abdul Hamid is titled Raja Perempuan Tengku Anis,” said palace spokesman Nik Mohd Shafriman Nik Hassan.

The Kelantan’s clarification appears to be a response to an Instagram posting by Rihana Oksana Gorbaten, the Russian model who married Sultan Muhammad V last year.


The statement comes just days after a copy of a divorce certificate purportedly issued by the Kelantan shariah court made the rounds on social media.

The document states that the Kelantan ruler had divorced Oksana through ‘triple talaq’ method, which irrevocably terminates a Muslim marriage.

The palace has yet to deny or confirm the authenticity of the certificate.

Oksana, meanwhile, has taken to Instagram, sharing pictures of her moments with Sultan Muhammad V.


In one posting last week, the former Miss Moscow spoke about the couple’s son, Ismail Leon, calling him “Tengku Mahkota Kelantan” or crown prince.


“And insha Allah, the ruler of Kelantan,” she added in the post.

But without making references to her post, the Kelantan palace said the rightful crown prince is Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra, the brother of the current sultan.

“Only official announcements from the Kelantan palace can be accepted as accurate information for the public and media practitioners,” it said.