The estranged wife of the ruler of Dubai has asked an English court for a forced marriage protection order relating to their children and a non-molestation order after the breakdown of the marriage.
Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum’s wife, Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein of Jordan, is the third female member of his court to apparently try to run away.
Sheikh Mohammed meanwhile applied for the return of his children to Dubai, and also applied for the court to impose reporting restrictions on details about the orders – a request the judge rejected.
This month she was reported to be in hiding in London and is said to be in fear for her life.
Princess Haya, the daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan and the half-sister of the King of Jordan, is a well-known international figure. She is close friends with the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
Sheikh Mohammed, who is 70, is the vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai.