The Catch-up: Wife of Dubai ruler on the run in UK is seen for first time

What happened?

The wife of the billionaire ruler of Dubai was seen for the first time today since she fled the Emirate last month. Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein appeared at the High Court in London where she applied for a forced marriage protection order. She and her estranged husband Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum are starting a court battle over their two children.

Who is Princess Haya?

The 45-year-old is the half-sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan and is Sheikh Mohammed’s sixth ‘junior’ wife. The princess is believed to be living in the Emirati royal family’s £85 million house in Kensington after she left Dubai last month and travelled first to Germany before arriving in the UK. It is not clear why she fled the country, but earlier this month it was claimed she is ‘in fear of her life’ after Sheikh Mohammed, 69, posted a poem on Instagram accusing an unidentified woman of ‘treachery and betrayal’.

What is a forced marriage protection order?

A forced marriage protection order can be made to protect a person from being forced into a marriage or from any attempt to be forced into a marriage and could, for example, prevent someone being taken abroad. The details of the order sought by Princess Haya are not known. She has also applied for wardship of the couple’s children.

Billionaire ruler of Dubai could be forced to tell High Court about mysterious escape of his daughter (The Telegraph)

Ex-Met chief caught up in Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya row (The Guardian)

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