Former Miss Moscow Rihana Oksana Petra shares how she fell in love with Malaysian Sultan on Instagram
Photographs posted on social media in Malaysia – along with claims that they were taken during the wedding ceremony – went viral at the time, but the Istana Negara, the monarch’s official residence, never issued a statement about the event.
Now, photos on the former model’s newly created Instagram account, described as “Oksana Voevodina Official Page”, appear to have finally confirmed her marriage to the Sultan, 49, who abdicated from the throne on January 6, even though his official term, which began in December 2016, was not expected to end until December 12, 2021.
In a caption on the account’s earliest post, dated June 4, Rihana said she would be “happy to share” more about her life on the platform.
Apart from photos of the wedding, the account features pictures of the royal couple and their newborn son, Tengku Ismail Leon Petra.
In the latest post, dated July 19, Rihana explained how the couple first met – information she said had remained a public mystery up to now.
In the past it has been reported the she met the king while modelling luxury watches.
However, according to the Instagram post, the royal couple met at a dinner in Europe in “spring 2017”.
Rihana had come from an event involving the jeweller and watchmaker, Jacob Arabo, she said.
She said that when they were introduced, the Sultan said he was the King of Malaysia.
“I took it as a joke, and joked back that I was also the Queen of Moscow,” wrote Rihana, who won the Miss Moscow pageant in 2015. “We talked all evening and exchanged phone numbers.”
She said that a short time later she read about Muhammad V’s political appointment in the news.
Rihana said on Instagram that she would share more about their love story in a future post.
This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
Rihana Oksana Petra posts photos of wedding to Kelantan’s Sultan Muhammad V – king of Malaysia at the time – and their son, seven months after marriage rumours went viral