Dubai princess seeks forced marriage protection order in UK

Jane Croft
July 30, 2019, Financial Times

Princess Haya embroiled in court proceedings with ruler of city over welfare of their 2 children

Princess Haya (right) leaves court in London with her lawyer Fiona Shackleton

Princess Haya, the estranged wife of the billionaire ruler of Dubai, has made an application to a London court for a forced marriage protection order for one of her children as part of a high-profile family dispute.

The princess, who is the half sister of Jordan’s King Abdullah, is embroiled in court proceedings with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and prime minister of the UAE, over the welfare of their two children.

The family division of the High Court heard on Tuesday that Princess Haya is also seeking a non-molestation order, a type of injunction, and an application for wardship for the children — which in effect means no decisions can be made about their welfare without the court’s approval. Sheikh Maktoum is applying for an order to allow the return of the children to Dubai.

Sir Andrew McFarlane, president of the Family Division, permitted broad information about the applications to be reported following a court hearing on Tuesday morning.