Dubai ruler’s estranged wife seeks forced marriage protection order in London court

The ruler of Dubai and his wealthy estranged wife Princess Haya begin their legal battle in a London courtroom.

Sanya Burgess
July 30, 2019, Sky News

Princess Haya, right, outside of court, with her lawyer Fiona Shackleton

The estranged wife of Dubai’s ruler is seeking court orders to prevent one of her children from the risk of having a forced marriage, as a court battle between the pair begins in London.

The applications emerged during a hearing into the welfare of the children of Princess Haya bint al Hussein, 45, and the billionaire prime minister of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, 70.

Princess Haya, who is the daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan and was the sheikh’s sixth wife, has been living in London after travelling through Germany in June.

The couple married in 2004.

A hearing at the family division of the Royal Courts of Justice – which only a limited number of media outlets, including Sky News, were permitted to attend – was told Princess Haya has submitted applications for wardship of the children, leave to apply for a forced marriage protection order and a forced marriage protection order regarding one of the children.