Princess Haya’s hasty departure from the United Arab Emirates
Posted on 2nd August 2019
Many of us dream of being a prince or princess when we’re younger, so, when some ‘normal’ people are lucky enough to meet the man of their dreams and marry into royalty in one go, we might be quite envious (yes, we’re talking about their Royal Highnesses The Duchess of Sussex and The Duchess of Cambridge).
However, for one Princess, the dream might, sadly, not have panned out how she hoped. Princess Haya, Jordan-born half-sister of King Abdullah II, married Sheikh Mohammed 2004, but has now fled to London, allegedly with ‘fears for her life’.
Now, whilst Princess Haya already had royalty status before her marriage, being the daughter of King Hussein of Jordan and his wife, Queen Alia, she ended up marrying Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of the Emirate of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates since 11 February 2006. Their marriage, starting in 2004, has so far lasted over 15 years, however it has recently entered headlines after the Princess fled the country, seeking asylum in the UK.
Princess Haya has now settled in an 85-million-pound town house in Kensington Palace Gardens, applying to the High Court for custody of her children, as well as a forced marriage protection order and a non-molestation order.
But why did Princess Haya flee and seek asylum? Well, according to Mirror, the Princess decided to flee after discovering some disturbing facts about the mysterious return of Sheikha Latifa last year.
Britain is now being tasked with settling the custody dispute, amidst fears that this could spark an international issue, with two of Britain’s most important Middle Eastern allies being on either side of the custody issue.
Fortunately, our team of expert family law solicitors in Preston haven’t had to deal with such a far-reaching international debate in our family law solicitors’ department, but our team do have over 15 years’ experience in resolving family disputes, including divorce, child contact issues and financial matters connected to divorce and separation.
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