A Woman, Desperate To Be Free
The woman in the centre of the photograph above is Latifa Al Maktoum, the Crown Princess of Dubai. Despite the glamorous setting and beautiful dresses, it hides a dark, disturbing secret.
The Princess, aged 32, is subject to a curfew, is unable to leave the United Arab Emirates, is banned from driving and whenever she leaves home is accompanied by minders.
The Princess’ yearning from freedom from her strict father and wider family saw her attempt to escape the UAE in 2002. However, she was caught in neighbouring Oman and returned to Dubai where she alleges her father, billionaire Crown Prince Sheikh Al Maktoum, had her thrown in jail for over 3 years. Even worse she claimed she was tortured mentally and emotionally, alongside daily beatings by his henchmen.
A Flying Princess
The Royal Family in Dubai are one of the most high profile in the world and Princess Latifa II was well known as a daring skydiver. She herself has previously spoken of how it is amongst her favorite hobbies, emphasizing, perhaps cryptically, how flying through the air gave her a feeling of freedom.