Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan visits the Maiden yacht

Thursday, 04 Jul, 2019

Dubai's Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, 45, has reportedly left her husband Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and one of the world's richest men.

While there are rumors of Princess Haya's sudden attempt of landing at the Buckingham Palace with the intention of seeking sanctuary in any of the Queen's palaces, there is a presence of a vehicle full of twitching security men right in front of the Palace Green.

In a video recorded before she fled, Sheikha Latifa claimed to have been held and tortured by her father's regime. The Human rights organization Human Rights Watch demanded the UAE authorities to report her whereabouts.

She is reportedly seeking political asylum in Germany, having not been seen in public since February.

Haya has been criticised for her role in helping to, in the words of critics, whitewash the disappearance of Latifa, by inviting her friend, former Irish president Mary Robinson, to visit Dubai and testify to Latifa's well-being.

Sheikh Mohammed, 69, is vice-president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, as well as the leader of the Emirate of Dubai.

She is now holed up in an £85 million mansion in London with her two children aged 7 and 11, in preparation for a legal battle in the UK's high court.

Princess Haya with Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Windsor Horse show in 2009.

CEO of the support group Detained in Dubai, Radha Stirling has confirmed of reports of the princess seeking asylum. Her 2018 attempt also failed, however, and she was captured and returned to the United Arab Emirates. The princess is a half sister of Jordan's King Abdullah II. She tried to run away due to abuse. The Dubai ruler can obtain custody of the children if he proves the children have been abducted.

She became his sixth and "junior wife".

If true, she's not the first UAE royal to flee the UAE and the Sheikh as his daughter, Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, 33, attempted to escape the country a year ago and made a dramatic video exposing her father's nature to the world.

After giving a radio interview in January defending Mrs Robinson's intervention, Haya began asking "awkward" questions about Latifa, her early life and her recent return to Dubai.

A spokesperson for the UAE embassy said: "The UAE government does not intend to comment on allegations about individuals' private lives". Spokespeople for the German Foreign and Interior ministries said in a press briefing on Monday that they had no information to share.