Dubai ruler’s wife seeks ‘forced marriage protection order’ in English court

Andrew MacAskill
July 30, 2019, Reuters

The wife of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has applied for a “forced marriage protection order” in England’s High Court in relation to one of her two children.

  • Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, the wife of Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is seen leaving The Royal Courts of Justice in London, Britain, July 30, 2019.
  • Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, the wife of Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (L), is seen with lawyer Baroness Fiona Shackleton, leaving The Royal Courts of Justice in London, Britain, July 30, 2019.
  • Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, the wife of Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is seen leaving The Royal Courts of Justice in London, Britain, July 30, 2019.
  • Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, the wife of Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (C), is seen with lawyer Baroness Fiona Shackleton, leaving The Royal Courts of Justice in London, Britain, July 30, 2019.
  • Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, the wife of Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (R), is seen with lawyer Baroness Fiona Shackleton, leaving The Royal Courts of Justice in London, Britain, July 30, 2019.
  • Jordanian Princess Haya bint Al-Hussein and her husband, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum (C), walk to the parade ring on Ladies Day, the third day of horse racing at Royal Ascot in southern England, June 17, 2010.
  • Jordanian Princess Haya bint Al-Hussein and husband, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, arrive for Ladies Day, the third day of racing at Royal Ascot in southern England, June 16, 2011.
  • Jordanian Princess Haya bint Al-Hussein and her husband, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum (R), walk to the parade ring on Ladies Day, the third day of horse racing at Royal Ascot in southern England, June 17, 2010.
  • Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (R) and his wife Princess Haya bint Al Hussein arrive for the first day of the Royal Ascot race meeting, June 16, 2009.

Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, the 45-year-old Jordanian daughter of late King Hussein and half-sister to King Abdullah, also applied for a “non-molestation order,” which protects from harassment or threats. It was not clear who this order was in relation to.

At the High Court of England and Wales, she also applied for wardship, which means a child is placed in the hands of the court for major decisions.

A forced marriage protection order helps if someone says they have been forced into marriage or are already in a forced marriage, according to official British legal definitions.

When asked about the court proceedings, an official at the London embassy of the United Arab Emirates