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Her Imperial Majesty Farah Pahlavi before the 1979 Iranian Revolution (Image: GETTY)

Farah Pahlavi would argue that the basis for the Islamic Republic’s 1979 takeover was illegal, making her position as “Shahbanu”, or Empress Regent, the only legitimate head of state under Iran’s 1906 Constitution.

Exiled to Paris for more than 40 years, the 83-year-old is said to be concerned about the regime’s march to secure nuclear weapons – which she says will happen with or without a nuclear deal – with a close aide last night: ‘She feels, if not now, then when?”

Plans will include creating a series of rival diplomatic missions, initially in Saudi Arabia and neighboring states that signed the 2020 Abraham Accords with Israel brokered by former US President Donald Trump.

It was unclear last night if and to what extent Arab nations would help fund the move, but a visit to Israel later this year, where she received a private invitation to address the Knesset, is on the cards. maps.

Her Imperial Majesty Farah Pahlavi with her son, Crown Prince Reza, in June.

Her Imperial Majesty Farah Pahlavi with her son, Crown Prince Reza, in June. (Picture: HANDOUT)

The plans were confirmed last night by one of Farah’s closest aides, Firouzeh Ghaffarpour, who told the Sunday Express: “His Imperial Majesty has, like his son His Royal Highness Crown Prince Reza, been very aware of the discontent Iranians living under this brutality and dictatorial regime. That concern has grown with Tehran’s ambitions to build nuclear weapons which it says will continue even if a deal is struck again with the United States.

“Her Imperial Majesty is 83 years old. According to her, if she does not act now, then when?”

Ms Ghaffarpour said only Farah had the legitimacy to ensure there would be no power vacuum if the regime fell, adding that she would “leave it to the Iranian people to decide” whether they want the power vacuum. restoration of a constitutional monarchy or that Iran become a secular republic.

She added: “His Imperial Majesty believes that its popularity in Iran, where people still chant the name Pahlavi, remains such that it would finally present Iranians with an alternative they would welcome, a constitutional monarchy that deeply adheres to the principles of democracy, due process and human rights and provide both regional and international stability.

“The people of Iran, whom she continues to love, support and speak with, want and deserve it.”

Surviving Iranian monarchy: Crown Prince Reza, HIM Farah Pahlavi and Crown Princess Farahnaz Pahlavi (fourth from left)

The Surviving Iranian Monarchy: Crown Prince Reza, HIM Farah Pahlavi and Crown Princess Farahnaz Pahlavi (Picture: HANDOUT)

While the Shah’s eldest son, California Crown Prince Reza, has been consulted, his publicly stated reluctance to wear the crown means Farah is likely to appoint his sister, 59-year-old Crown Princess Farahnaz Pahlavi, to the Peacock Throne to oversee any transition should the current regime fall.

The revelations follow hints made by Farah herself in recent interviews, where she spoke of returning to a “free Iran” before her death.

“After so many years and after everything that has been said against us, many of those who opposed us at the time understood what the Shah did for our country. And the most important thing is that Iranians born after 1979 are also learning it today,” she told Italian newspaper Libero recently.

“A strong feeling of sympathy and love is rising, in recent months in Iran there have been many street demonstrations, where young people chanted in a loud voice: ‘Reza Shah roohat shad’ (Reza Shah let your spirit be happy).

“Think of how stable and prosperous Iran once was and where it finds itself today under the rule of the ayatollahs. More than a few now realize all the good that was done back then of the Pahlavi.”

While the news is likely to be greeted with derision by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raisi’s government, nostalgia for the toppled Pahlavi dynasty has steadily grown among Iranians in decades following the mullahs’ coming to power.

According to a June poll of Iranians by Bayan Media, Farah Pahlavi remains a big favorite among opposition groups calling for an end to the regime, with 70% of Iranians aged 28-40 saying they trust her to oversee the transition of the country towards true democracy. .

Farah Diba, as she is known, has always been popular in Iran, seen as the driving force behind many of the Shah’s reforms, especially in women’s rights.

The young architecture student was only 21 when she became the Shah’s third wife, after meeting him during a royal visit to Paris where she was studying.

A carefully choreographed courtship, encouraged by the Shah’s eldest daughter, Shahnaz Pahlavi, led to the wedding in 1959 and the birth of the 40-year-old monarch’s first male heir, Crown Prince Reza, the following year.

Faced with an army mutiny and growing revolutionary fervor from religious and left-wing factions, the Shah left Iran for the last time in January 1979. Just two weeks later, the cleric Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran after his exile in Paris to coordinate an Islamic takeover. more.

According to sources close to the couple, Farah offered to stay on as regent – a move that many analysts say could have diluted support for the mullahs.

But the idea was rejected by the Shah who, fearing that his popularity had eclipsed hers, told him: “You don’t have to be Joan of Arc”.

Speaking last night, Catherine Perez-Shakdam, of the Henry Jackson Society think tank, said: ‘Farah has remained active behind the scenes in support of her people and their cry for freedom and democracy through her philanthropy and , despite the regime’s claims to the contrary, she continued to speak to Iranians in Iran via email and social media platforms.

“There has been a trajectory of Iranian monarchists that pointed directly to her: she is the one who wields constitutional power, having been appointed regent by her husband until a successor is crowned in Iran.

“I think she was just waiting for the right opportunity and the right time to use the power of her voice.

“Given the regime’s growing crackdown on growing popular dissent – with people literally calling it out on the streets – the urgency of the nuclear talks and the increase in IRGC activity abroad with attempts to subpoena, it makes sense that she takes that position now.”

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