Ailing actress Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband Prince Frederic Von Anhalt has defended his decision to stage a 25th wedding anniversary party, insisting he deserves to celebrate because he has been with the star longer than her other eight husbands.

Many criticized Von Anhalt for throwing the anniversary party at the home he shares with Gabor in Bel Air, Los Angeles on Sunday - but he insists it was justified.

He says, "People attack me for this and say, 'How can you do it for a sick woman?' Look, my wife is 94 years old. She should have everything she wants and should have everything large. This big party is not for the guests, not for the media, not for me - this big party is for Zsa Zsa."

He jokes, "It's 25 years with Zsa Zsa Gabor. It's a big thing, it's a huge thing, and I made it. So many husbands didn't make it - they only made it a year or two. I made it 25 years, so I must have done something right."

The couple was married in 1986 and a shot from the wedding featured on a giant billboard Von Anhalt rented above Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood to mark the anniversary.

He tells the Los Angeles Times newspaper his wife watched the party, which was attended by members of various news outlets and stars like Phyllis Diller and Frank Stallone, from her bed.