The real father of the baby boy at the centre of a furious paternity row between the former King of Malaysia and his estranged Russian beauty queen wife will be decided on by a judge in Moscow, MailOnline can reveal.
Oksana Voevodina and her former husband Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan will go head to head in court in a bid to establish the boy’s paternity.
The move is potentially hugely embarrassing to the reclusive sultan, 50, who abdicated in January, one month after he dramatically left her.
The Russian judge can demand a DNA test from the multi-millionaire former monarch.
Oksana Voevodina, 27, (left) and her former husband Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan, 50, (right) were married less than a year after tying the knot following a whirlwind romance
Oksana, a Russian reality television star, and the notoriously publicity-shy monarch were always an unlikely pairing and their union was not to last with him leaving her in January
Where a suspected father refuses such a test, or fails to attend hearings, courts here invariably accept the paternity claim.
MailOnline can reveal that 27-year-old Oksana filed an unreported paternity petition to the Dogomilovsky District Court of Moscow with the ex-king as defendant.
She let this lapse amid hopes that talks over a settlement were progressing.
But now she is to resubmit the paternity claim after concluding there is no progress on her settlement demands reported to include a £24,000-a-month allowance for the child, a £1.2m Moscow apartment, and later an £8 million home in London.
The couple wed in a secret wedding in Malaysia in June 2018 followed by a glitzy reception in Moscow five months later.
The sultan is said to have been unhappy that details of the couple’s Moscow wedding ceremony appeared in the Russian media
But their marriage quickly hit the rocks and the sultan left his then pregnant wife in January when he became fed up with the publicity their marriage had generated.
Oksana has already made clear she is ready for a DNA test to prove her child named Leon, now four months old, is the son of the former king, known to friends as Faris.
Her legal move in Moscow is the latest twist in an acrimonious bitter battle between the pair after he suddenly divorced her in June using the harsh Triple Talaq Islamic procedure – just one month after Oksana gave birth.
The ex-king’s lawyer in Singapore, Koh Tien Hua, has cast doubt on the boy’s paternity, saying: ‘There is no objective evidence as yet as to the biological father of the child.’
In a previous interview Oksana told MailOnline: ‘I have nothing to prove to anybody because (Leon) is his son, born in a legal marriage and he was a planned and desired baby.
‘He looks every bit like his father and he has this Asian-looking face.
‘I love him so much and I am very proud of him.’
Palace sources in Kelantan – where the sultan remains the ruler despite having relinquished the Malaysian throne – have portrayed her as a gold digger over her alleged settlement demands.
Meanwhile, the Sultan’s lawyer has strongly denied claims from Oksana’s camp that he ‘abandoned’ her.
Despite claims from the sultan’s lawyer that he may not be the father of Oksana’s baby son Leon, she insists that he is and is now planning to take him to court where a judge will decide
There have been rumours that the Sultan ended the marriage because he believed he wasn’t Leon’s father. But Oksana says the boy is the ‘spitting image’ of his father and there is no doubt
She ‘left of her own accord to return to Russia’, he said, contradicting her account that the ex-monarch had walked out on her.
The lawyer claimed that the Sultan was ready to settle ‘a significant and generous sum of money’ on Oksana if she agreed to protect his ‘privacy’.
The amount was not specified but was said to include her medical fees during her pregnancy and living expenses.
His ex-wife ‘declined to accept the proposal’ claiming ‘a UK tabloid was prepared to pay her handsomely for her story’.
Claims in a Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda that he did not ‘give her a dime’ towards the costs of the child were false, and ‘arrangements were made’ to pay her $20,000 (£16,360), he said.
‘In addition Ms Oksana was gifted a Porsche Cayenne and jewellery including a Jacob Arabo ring and items by … Cartier,’ he claimed.
This Porsche model costs up to £117,500 in Russia and the ring has been valued at £203,000.
Oksana has said she was forced to sell the ring for three times less than its value to cover her medical costs in Switzerland.
The ex-king’s also denied claims from Oksana’s camp portraying the Kelantan ruler as superrich with a £50 million a year spending budget.
In particular, the allegation he spent ‘several million dollars’ on yachts and nightclub parties in Ibiza marking her 25th birthday were ‘untrue and false’.
Nor did he have property around the world or a fleet of 90 luxury cars, said the lawyer.