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Terrified of his marriage intentions, woman flees polyamorous Swaziland king
Monday May 20, 2013 0:07 AM, Agencies

A young woman is seeking asylum in Britain after she spurned the advances of the polyamorous King Mswati III of Swaziland and refused to join his harem of 13 wives.

Tintswalo Ngobeni, 22, fled to England from the southern African nation as a teenager after she caught the attention of the millionaire monarch, a ruler known for his lavish lifestyle, Daily Mail reported.

As part of Swazi custom, King Mswati III, 45, is permitted to choose a new bride every year.

Miss Ngobeni, who now lives in Birmingham, was just 15 when the King made his advances after seeing her at the palace of his fourth wife, Langangaza.

She said she was "terrified" when she learned of his marriage intentions.

Miss Ngobeni was forced to abandon a comfortable lifestyle in a private boarding school as her aunt, who was her chief guardian, arranged the escape to England to join her mother, who moved to Birmingham five years earlier, fleeing an abusive husband.

"I didn't have a choice. Nobody has ever turned down the king or dares to disobey him, so I just disappeared", Daily Mail quoted her as saying.



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