Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Al Maktoum’s sixth wife Princess Haya bint al-Hussein eloped last month to the UK via Germany with their two small children, a boy and a girl.
Her run caught the powerful Dubai ruler and the world by surprise. She escaped with the help of German diplomat. Questions arose as to why she had left the wealthy ruler.
New details have emerged as to why she ran. The princess fled when she discovered her husband had lied about imprisoning and torturing his eldest daughter, Princess Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum.
Latifa a daughter of the Sheikh had tried to escape Dubai via India where she was to seek asylum in the US. She alleged that she was being mistreated by her father and said she was not allowed any freedom in Dubai.
Her elder sister too had also tried to escape while in vacation in the UK but she was caught and has not been seen in public ever again.
While running away in a yatcht, Latifa and her friend were busted by special forces and hauled back to Dubai where she lives to this day away from the public eye.
The Sheikh’s wife escaped to prevent a similar situation where she would be forced to stay with the ruler. The sheikh has sued her in a British court but the princess has applied for a forced marriage prevention order from the court.
She wants the court to help prevent her from being forcefully married to the sheikh. She is currently living in their Kensington mansion.
The princess is the daughter of the late Jordanian ruler King Hussein of Jordan and sister of the current Jordanian king. She studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford and is a keen equestrian, representing Jordan at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Sheikh Maktoum also seemed to allege infidelity on the princess’s part in a now-deleted poem that he posted on Instagram.
All cards in the case are now being held by the British high court.