Mary Robinson has denied that she was friends with the rulers of the United Arab Emirates.
Ms Robinson, the former Irish president, said at a climate change conference yesterday: “I have never been friends, except with Princess Haya. One friend. Who is still my friend.”
Princess Haya bint Hussein, 45, one of the wives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, 69, the ruler of Dubai, is in hiding in London after fleeing the Middle East. She is the second member of the family to try to flee over the past 18 months.
In March last year Sheikha Latifa