Coming soon in UK court: A royal battle between Dubai’s ruler and Jordan’s princess with an Indian twist

Princess Haya of Jordan and her estranged husband Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, have moved applications before a UK court for custody of their two children.

Ankiit Koomar
July 25, 2019, India Today

Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya at Royal Ascot in 2012 (File/AP)
  • A UK court is set to hear a case between Princess Haya of Jordan and her estranged husband Sheikh Mohammed
  • The case will highlight the plight of another Dubai princess who fled but was detained and deported to Dubai
  • Lawyers representing the deported princess believed that India used her as bargaining chip for extradition of fugitives

In an unprecedented turn of events, Princess Haya of Jordan and her estranged husband Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, have moved applications before a UK court for custody of their two children.

The 45-year-old princess, who is the daughter of former Jordanian King Hussein and half-sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan, fled from Dubai to the UK earlier this year.

After weeks of speculations and leaks, a two-day hearing has been fixed in the family division of London High Court. Although the court hearing, scheduled to take place on July 30-31, only concerns the welfare of two children, UK-based activists feel that it would be the first chance for Princess Haya to place herself on record on the issue of alleged detention of Princess Latifa, Sheikh Mohammed’s daughter.

As per reports, the ruler of Dubai has 23 children from his six wives.

According to a UK-based rights group, Detained in Dubai, Princess Latifa had allegedly escaped Dubai before being captured in the Indian Ocean, last year.

Lawyers who were helping Princess Latifa in her bid to escape, later, claimed that the Indian government assisted the UAE in capturing the princess and handing her over to the ruler in Dubai.

The Indian government had denied any such development.

Former minister of state for external affairs VK Singh had told the parliame