The wife of the Emir of Dubai has run away to London, reportedly after learning disturbing details about a failed escape attempt by another princess

Jordanian Princess Haya bint Al-Hussein and husband Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum walk to the parade ring on Ladies Day the third day of racing at Royal Ascot in southern England


Princess Haya bint al-Hussein (L) and husband Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum at Royal Ascot, England.

  • Princess Haya, the wife of Dubai Emir Sheik Mohammed al-Maktoum, has fled, reportedly stricken by new chilling details about the fate of a runaway princess captured last year. 
  • The princess is hiding out at her Kensington Palace Gardens townhouse in London, and is beginning divorce proceedings, the BBC reported. 
  • In February 2018, Princess Latifa, one of al-Maktoum's 23 daughters fled to India by yacht, but was caught by Emirati commandos are returned. She has not been heard from since. 
  • According to the BBC, Princess Haya learnt "disturbing facts" about Princess Latifa's capture, and decided to flee to London, bringing her two children with her. 
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The wife of Dubai Emir Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum has fled the country and is hiding in London, reportedly driven away by chilling details about the capture of a princess who tried to flee in 2018.

Princess Haya bint al-Hussein fled to her $107 million town house in Kensington Palace Gardens in mid-June. She is now bringing a case for divorce against her husband, the vice president of the United Arab Emirates, sources close to the princess told the BBC. Advertisement

She has brought her son Zayed, aged 7, and daughter Al Jalila, aged 11, to London with her, the Daily Beast reported.

That the princess had escaped the royal household was first alleged by senior Jordanian journalist Osama Fawzi on his YouTube channel on June 22.


Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum

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United Arab Emirates' Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.

A spokesman for the UAE government told Business Insider: "The UAE government does not intend to comment on allegations about individuals' private lives."

Read more: This was the email that convinced the billionaire Emir of Dubai to rescue a community centre in a rural British villageAccording to the BBC, Princess Haya, the daughter of King Hussein of Jordan, fled after learning details about the disappearance of one of her husband's 23 daughters last year.Advertisement

Princess Latifa reportedly spent seven years planning her escape from Dubai, enlisting the help of a former French spy, her Finnish martial arts teacher, and an escape boat flying a US flag to deter pursuers.

The princess, aged 32 at the time, got within touching distance of Goa, 1,200 miles away on India's west coast, but was chased down by Emirati commandos and returned to Dubai in March 2018.

She has not been heard from since, with activists fearing she has been jailed indefinitely.Advertisement

Read more: Dubai held a 'gender balance' awards, and every single winner is a man

In December 2018, the Emirati embassy in London assured well wishers in a statement that Princess Latifa was alive, and "safe in Dubai."

Before she fled Princess Latifa made a video detailing alleged abuse and trauma at the hands of her 69-year-old father. She entrusted the tape to her lawyer, who was instructed to release it if her escape attempt went wrong,Advertisement

Radha Stirling, the CEO of Detained in Dubai, an advocacy group campaigning for Princess Latifa's cause, said in a statement on Monday:

"Princess Haya has every reason to fear the consequences if she were to be sent back to Dubai. She surely knows, as Latifa knew, that asylum provides her the only safe route out of the royal palace."

"If she was abused, she could not go to the police; if she wanted a divorce, she could not go to the courts."Advertisement

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum

United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation via AP

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, a daughter of Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, left, meets Mary Robinson, a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former president of Ireland, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Read more: Dubai's ruler sacked 9 senior officials because they weren't at work at 7:30 in the morningSheik al-Maktoum is well known as an amateur poet, and released a mysterious poem this week which alluded to his wife's escape.Advertisement

A line in "Affection in Your Eyes" reads: "We have an ailment that no medicine can cure, No experts in herbs can remedy this."

Another of the Sheik 's daughters, Sheikha Shamsa, fled the family's English country estate in a Range Rover in 2000 when she was 18.

She was caught, and sent to Dubai.Advertisement