As her friends the ruler of Dubai and his young wife split, Simon Walters and Richard Kay ask: How will the Queen avoid being dragged into one of Britain’s biggest ever divorces?

  • Queen has spent time with both Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya recently
  • Sheikh has made application against wife in High Court to be heard on July 30
  • Queen knows Sheikh, 69, well and pair met at Royal Ascot just to weeks ago
  • Princess Haya met Queen privately for tea at Windsor Castle during horse show

Simon Walters and Richard Kay
July 2, 2019, The Daily Mail

The mansion stands in picture-perfect splendour overlooking Kensington Palace on a tree-lined private road known as Billionaires’ Row guarded by liveried gatekeepers.

Outside, on Britain’s most expensive street, all is calm. But behind the bullet-proof glass of the mansion on Palace Green, a menacing domestic drama is being played out.

It involves one of the world’s richest men, the racing-mad ruler of oil-rich Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, and his glamorous, Oxford-educated much younger wife Princess Haya, who has not been seen in public for weeks.

Intriguingly, it also involves the Queen who, as a friend to both husband and wife, has found herself unwittingly drawn into this most explosive of marital rifts, placing her in the most delicate of positions. For we can reveal Her Majesty has, separately, enjoyed the company of both Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya in recent weeks.

The story began after a spate of reports from the Middle East that the couple, who married in 2004, had fallen out and th