Firyal Irshaid

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Firyal Irshaid (Arabic: فريال إرشيد‎, born 1945) is a Jordanian humanitarian and philanthropist.

Firyal Irshaid
Princess Firyal.jpg
Born1945 (age 75–76)
(m. 1964; div. 1978)
ChildrenPrince Talal
Prince Ghazi
  • Farid Mahmoud Irshaid (father)
  • Farida Fahoum Irshaid (mother)

She has been a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador since 1992,[2][3] for whom she works on programs for education and protection of world heritage. She is a board member at the International Rescue Committee (IRC),[4] New York Public Library,[5] and a wide range of museums and universities, including the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Irshaid is a graduate of Columbia University.[6] From 1964 to 1978 she was married to Prince Muhammad bin Talal—younger brother of the late HM King Hussein of Jordan—by whom she has two sons, Prince Talal and Prince Ghazi.


Early life and educationEdit

Firyal with Prince Muhammad bin Talal and their sons Prince Talal and Prince Ghazi

Born in Jerusalem[1] Firyal Irshaid is the daughter of the late Farid Mahmoud Irshaid, a political leader who served as a Minister in the Government and a Parliamentarian in the Senate in Jordan. Her mother Farida was Chair of the Red Crescent Society in The West Bank. Some of her nephews from her families side are: Adam Irshaid, Yazid Irshaid, Ryan Irshaid, Abdullah Irshaid, Yazan Irshaid, Nemer Al adwan and Al Nashmi Al adwan.[7]

Irshaid attended Berzeit College. She studied for two years at the American College for Women in Beirut prior to her marriage; she resumed her studies and earned a bachelor's degree from Columbia University School of General Studies in 1999.[8]


Irshaid was appointed a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 1992.[9] Three years later, in 1995, she was appointed Special Advisor to the Director General of UNESCO. She works primarily on programs for protection of world heritage and education.[10]

In Jordan, Irshaid became active in relief work in refugee camps. She worked for the literacy programs with the nomadic Bedouin tribes. She also established the family planning program.[11]

Irshaid launched the International Hope Foundation under the UNESCO umbrella in 1994 for the benefit of homeless and street children.[12]

Irshaid's philanthropic positions and credentials include:

Personal lifeEdit

Irshaid was married to Prince Muhammad bin Talal, with whom she had sons Prince Talal bin Muhammad and Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, between 1964 and 1978. After their marriage ended in divorce, she was a longtime companion to Lionel Pincus.[21] After Pincus's death there were allegations claiming Firyal had taken advantage of Pincus's deteriorating mental and physical state by spending extravagant sums.



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  19. ^ Colacello, Bob. "The Met vs. MoMA: New York's Art Museums at War". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  20. ^ "Richard Armstrong interview: Guggenheim's director on its projects in Helsinki, Abu Dhabi and back home in New York". 2015-06-14. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  21. ^ Barbanel, Josh (2008-09-19). "A Royal Ruckus". The New York Times. p. RE2. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
  22. ^ "Senarai Penuh Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan Tahun 1965" (PDF).
  23. ^ New York Media, LLC (1997-07-21). New York Magazine. p. 29. Retrieved 2017-05-25 – via Internet Archive.

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