Princess Haya Al Hussein, wife of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has reportedly fled the country with £31 million after breaking off her marriage.
The 45-year-old, who is the half-sister of the King of Jordan, married Sheikh Mohammed in 2004. Together they had two children, seven-year-old son Zayed and 11-year-old daughter Al Jalila.
Sheikh Mohammed is the vice-president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, as well as leader of the Emirate of Dubai. He is believed to be worth £9 billion.
Princess Haya has not been seen in public since May and her social media accounts have not been active since February.
Following the break-up of her marriage she is thought to have initially fled to Germany to seek political asylum as unconfirmed reports in Arab media suggest a German diplomat helped her ‘escape’ from Dubai, leading to a potential diplomatic crisis between the two countries.
She is said to have filed for divorce from her husband and taken £31 million with her to start her new life.
It has been claimed German authorities refused a request from Sheikh Mohammed to return his wife to Dubai.
According to sources cited by The Daily Beast, Princess Haya’s preference is to to live in London, where she is currently said to be residing at a secret location.
A poem speaking of ‘betrayal’ was recently posted on an Instagram account linked to the Dubai ruler. It included phrases such as ‘you cheated the most precious thing’ and ‘I gave you trust and space…the biggest mistake you did was to lie’, though there is no confirmation Sheikh Mohammed was responsible for the post.
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هو لغز موضح وخفي بـادَرَتـني وفــي يـديها الـكتابُ عَــنْ سُــؤالٍ لا يـعـتريهِ جَـوابُ بَــضَّـةٌ كَـفُّـهـا كـمـلـمَسِ طـفـلٍ ومـنَ العيدِ بانَ فيها الخِضابُ وتُـغَـنِّـي الــعـود شَـــدوٌ ولَـحـنٌ وتُــهَـنِّـي ولـلـعـطورِ إنـسـكـابُ لا يــزالُ الـورىَ بـخيرٍ إذا هُـمْ جَـعَلوا الـخيرَ منهجاً فيهِ ذابوا يـزرَعُ الوَردَ راغبُ الجَنْيِ ورداً كـلُّ شَـيْءٍ لَـهُ يـكونُ إحـتسابُ ونــتـاجُ الأشــيـاءِ يـنـتُجُ مـنـها مـنـطِقٌ لـيسَ فـي مَـداهُ عِـتابُ ومـــنَ الـــذَّاتِ والـمَـلَذَّاتِ رَجْــعٌ فـيهما يَـعذِلُ الـمُصابَ المُصابُ وتَــرَىَ الـنـاسَ كـالمعادنِ أمْـراً ذَهَـــبٌ مـــنْ نـفـوسـهِمْ وتُــرابُ وعَـجـيـبٌ أخـــوُ غـريـبٍ ولـكـنْ لايُـحاكي مشيَ القَطاةِ الغُرابُ جُــعِـلَ الـعَـقـلُ حُــجَّـةً ودلــيـلاً وإلــىَ الـعَقلِ لـلعقولِ إنـتسابُ وحـجـابانِ عَــنْ كـثـيفٍ لـطيفٍ طــابَ مـنْ طـيبِهِ الـمِلا والـمَلابُ وإنـكشافُ الأمـورِ عـنْ عبقَريٍّ فـي سـرابٍ يقفو خُطاهُ سَرابُ فــي تـلابـيبه مـن الـعلم حـشو ومــن الـفـهم والـضـياء إهــاب وسـؤالـي عــن مـستظل بـغيب ذي شـمـول لــه الـمدى يـنساب ومــن الـخـيل إن فـهمت فـخبر ولــه فــي حـوادث الـدهر نـاب فـاتـحـا لـلـحياة والـخـير بـابـا وعـلـى الـمـوت مـنـه يـفتح بـاب وعـــمــود لـــــه وثـــــم عـــمــاد وإعــتـمـاد وصــحـبـة أغـــراب ولــــه أخـــوة بـأسـمـاء شــتـى مـــن تـراهـم يـاأيـها الأحـبـاب هــــو لــغــز مــوضــح وخــفـي حــاضـر غـائـب وفـيـه إرتـيـاب هل عرفتم قصدي إذا خبروني ومـــن الــلـب كــانـت الألــبـاب
Last year, one of the ruler’s daughters, Princess Latifa, tried to flee Dubai and start a new life though she was captured on a boat off the Indian coast.
Princess Latifa said she was forced to try and flee the country because of abuse. Human rights groups claim she is being held in captivity in Dubai.
According to the MailOnline, Radha Stirling, chief executive of watchdog Detained in Dubai, spoke of Princess Haya’s apparent escape, saying:
We have received multiple reports regarding the story of Princess Haya, from sources close to the governments in Jordan, and the UAE; all of which indicate that she has sought political asylum in Germany.
We cannot comment on the veracity of these reports, but such an event would clearly represent a powerful indictment against the UAE and against Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid personally, as well as have potentially dramatic repercussions on the relationships between the countries involved.
Whenever someone applies for political asylum, obviously, it is because their lives are in danger, and because they have suffered severe abuses and violations of their human rights.
We already know that Princess Latifa, Sheikh Mohammed’s daughter, fled the UAE seeking asylum and alleging unspeakable abuse at the hands of her father.
Now, it seems, Princess Haya, Sheikh Mohammed’s wife, has also fled the country and sought refuge in Germany. This raises serious questions as to what prompted her to flee, and why she felt unable to simply file for divorce and relocate herself and her children without fear of reprisal from the Ruler of Dubai.
German authorities have refused to comment on reports of Princess Haya’s escape from her husband.
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