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Dawn Ward's daughter Taylor and Manchester City footballer Riyad Mahrez 'MARRY in secret'


Riyad Mahrez and Taylor Ward ‘secretly married’ late last year after he previously proposed with a £400,000 ring. 

The model, 23, and Manchester City footballer Riyad, 30, wed at a Muslim ceremony known as the Nikah and signed a contract to ensure they were legally married under Islamic law, The Sun reports. 

Fashionista Taylor, who is the daughter of Real Housewives Of Cheshire star Dawn Ward, said the Arabic word ‘qubool’, which translates as ‘I accept’, three times on the day.

Congratulations! Taylor Ward, 23, and Riyad Mahrez, 30, have secretly married after he previously proposed with a £400,000 ring, according to reports

Congratulations! Taylor Ward, 23, and Riyad Mahrez, 30, have secretly married after he previously proposed with a £400,000 ring, according to reports

Taylor confirmed they had married in an Instagram Story posted this week, revealing the couple were now planning another ceremony in the UK to make their marriage legal back home.  

A source told The Sun that Algeria-born Riyad and Taylor ‘are now legally married under Islamic law following their ceremony late last year.’

‘For them as a couple it was important to follow the traditions of his religion.

Happy couple: The model and Manchester City footballer wed at a Muslim ceremony known as the Nikah and signed a contract to ensure they were legally married under Islamic law

Happy couple: The model and Manchester City footballer wed at a Muslim ceremony known as the Nikah and signed a contract to ensure they were legally married under Islamic law

‘The ceremony was short but sweet and has started them on their path to their second wedding which is very much going to be the main event. Taylor and Riyad are so excited and are very much in love.’

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Taylor and Riyad for comment. 

On Thursday night Taylor posted photos from a holiday in Dubai. Manchester City have a FA Cup fixture scheduled on Friday, suggesting Mahrez has remained in the UK. 

Jetting off: On Thursday night Taylor posted photos from Dubai, as she enjoyed a trip with friends

Jetting off: On Thursday night Taylor posted photos from Dubai, as she enjoyed a trip with friends 

Relaxing: Sharing a snap of a cocktail as she lounged in her resort, Taylor wrote 'Finally' with a heart-eye emoji

Fun and games: She also shared a snap of a Monopoly game before a clip from their glam dinner date

Relaxing: Sharing a snap of a cocktail as she lounged in her resort, Taylor wrote ‘Finally’ with a heart-eye emoji

Time for a selfie: The beauty snapped a glam selfie as she headed out for dinner. Manchester City have a FA Cup fixture scheduled on Thursday, suggesting Mahrez has remained in the UK

Time for a selfie: The beauty snapped a glam selfie as she headed out for dinner. Manchester City have a FA Cup fixture scheduled on Thursday, suggesting Mahrez has remained in the UK

Sharing a snap of a cocktail as she lounged in her resort, Taylor wrote ‘Finally’ with a heart-eye emoji.

She also shared a snap of her Monopoly game before a clip from a glam dinner date with friends.  

The couple marked their engagement in true footballer and then-WAG-to-be style in September.  

Cheers: Taylor and Riyad marked their engagement in true footballer and then-WAG-to-be style in September

Cheers: Taylor and Riyad marked their engagement in true footballer and then-WAG-to-be style in September

They threw a white party with their nearest and dearest, where no holds were barred with all the glitzy trimmings thrown in.

The pair announced their engagement on Instagram in July last year, with Riyad reportedly proposing with a £400,000 ring. 

The sportsman popped the question during the couple’s luxury summer trip to Mykonos with their family and friends.

Wow! Her mum Dawn looked phenomenal in a tight white jumpsuit  at the engagement party which followed Riyad's initial proposal in June last year

Wow! Her mum Dawn looked phenomenal in a tight white jumpsuit  at the engagement party which followed Riyad’s initial proposal in June last year

Taylor was dressed in bridal white for the occasion as she glammed up in a sizzling sheer jumpsuit with lace appliqués covering her modesty.  

In her initial announcement last summer, Taylor shared two loved-up snaps on Instagram and captioned the post: ‘Here’s to a lifetime of us.’

She wrote: ‘There’s no one I’d rather do this life with, here’s to a lifetime of us. Can’t wait to grow old together, btw I said YES! I Love You.’ 

Winger Riyad was previously married for six years to Rita Johal and shares two daughters with his ex-wife.

A source told The Sun that Riyad went all out picking the perfect engagement ring for Taylor and had the £400,000 sparkler custom made. 

Yay: Taylor was dressed in bridal white for the occasion as she glammed up in a sizzling sheer jumpsuit with lace appliqués covering her modesty

Yay: Taylor was dressed in bridal white for the occasion as she glammed up in a sizzling sheer jumpsuit with lace appliqués covering her modesty

Riyad’s ex wife Rita, 28, previously blamed the footballer’s move to Manchester City for the breakdown of their marriage and claimed the Algerian struggled at times with the pressure of playing for a team of that stature.

Mahrez joined City in 2018 for a £60million transfer fee from Leicester, where he had played a central role in their Premier League title triumph in 2016.

Speaking to The Sun last August, Rita commented that ‘Riyad let fame go to his head. He changed when he went to Manchester City. The Riyad I met is a different person to the one he is now. He parties, he acts like a flash footballer.’

‘I don’t hate him, that’s a strong word, but I am shocked and saddened by what he has done.

‘He suddenly left me, blaming the pressures of playing at Manchester City. Now he spends all his time jetting around the place on holiday without a care in the world.’

Johal and Mahrez met in London in 2014 and married after just four months.

Ex: Riyad's ex wife Rita previously blamed the footballer's move to Manchester City for the breakdown of their marriage (pictured in 2017)

Ex: Riyad’s ex wife Rita previously blamed the footballer’s move to Manchester City for the breakdown of their marriage (pictured in 2017) 

Pressure: Mahrez and Johal pictured in 2016, celebrating Leicester's Premier League title triumph

Pressure: Mahrez and Johal pictured in 2016, celebrating Leicester’s Premier League title triumph

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