LAS VEGAS - The five-year marital relationship is over in between a previous Maritime and also a young Bahraini imperial whose story provided the basis for a made-for-tv movie, The Princess and the Marine.

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"It was what she wanted," Jachild Johnchild told the Las Vegas Review-Journal of the divorce he and also Meriam Al-Khalifa filed for Nov. 17, the day after their fifth wedding anniversary. It calls them "incompatible."


Johnboy, that had sneaked his beloved into the USA and was court-martialed over the relationship, actors the tale as a "Romeo and also Juliet" love affair that degenerated amid Las Vegas nightlife, opplace by his wife"s family, and at leastern one fatality danger.


Al-Khalifa was not stood for by a lawyer in the divorce filing. It is unrecognized whether she plans to continue to be in the United States.

The story began in January 1999 once Johnboy was stationed in Bahrain, an island kingdom off the coastline of Saudi Arabia. Al-Khalifa is among five daughters of Sheik Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, a remote family member of Bahrain"s king, Sheik Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa.

They met at a mall and dropped in love, though he was a Mormon and also she was a Muslim, forbidden to marry a non-Muslim. Her family ordered an finish to the romance. They ongoing to secretly exchange letters via a store employee at the mall.

Johnboy spirited Al-Khalifa to the United States when his tour of duty finished in November 1999, using forged documents and also a disguise.

Johnchild was court-martialed for his duty, demoted and also discharged from the Marines. Al-Khalifa sought political asylum in the United States.


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The couple married in Las Vegas on Nov. 16, 1999. He was 23 and she was 19. They rented an apartment in Las Vegas and lived off money from the movie. Johnchild acquired a project as a parking valet on the Las Vegas Strip.

He explained constant stress and anxiety via Al-Khalifa"s family members, and sassist the FBI once told him they"d intercepted a guy that shelp he"d been paid $500,000 to assassinate her.

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Johnson sassist Al-Khalifa plunged into Las Vegas nightlife, partying through her friends and ignoring him.

"Deep dvery own inside, she knows that I loved her even more than anypoint in the people," Johnchild said. " ... I appreciated every minute I spent with her."


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