The younger wife of the ruler of Dubai is believed to be staying in a town house near Kensington Palace after fleeing her marriage to the billionaire race horse owner.
Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, 45, has not been seen in public for weeks. One half of one of the sporting world’s most celebrated couples, she failed to appear at Royal Ascot last month with her husband, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.
Since then the Middle East has been flooded with reports that the two have fallen out, and that the princess took their children, aged 11 and 7, first to Germany and then to Britain. There were reports yesterday that Princess Haya was gearing up for a legal battle in Britain.