Sheikh attends horse auction but not court hearing over his children

October 9, 2019, The Times

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum with his estranged wife, Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, in 2017

The ruler of Dubai attended a sale of race horses yesterday but not the court hearing about his two children (writes David Brown).

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum was pictured at Tattersalls auctions while his estranged wife, Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, appeared at the family division of the High Court in London.

The sheikh, 70, was represented in court by Lord Pannick, QC, who acted for Gina Miller in her defeat of the government that led to Boris Johnson reappearing before a reconvened parliament debate about Brexit.

Princess Haya, 45, the youngest wife of the multi-billionaire ruler of Dubai, has applied to a British court to protect one of her children by granting a forced marriage protection order. The sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan fled to Britain in May with her two children reportedly “in fear of her life”. She is challenging an application by her husband for the “summary return” of their children to the United Arab Emirates.

The Times revealed in July that the British-educated princess claimed to be in “fear of her life” and believes that her husband will attempt to arrange for her to be “rendered” to Dubai after he is said to hav