Princess Haya in London to resume custody battle with former husband, Dubai's ruler Sheikh Al-Maktoum

Princess Haya in London to resume custody battle with former husband, Dubai's ruler Sheikh Al-Maktoum
Princess Haya is in London to resume her custody battle with her estranged husband, Emir of Dubai Sheikh Al-Maktoum. She has also applied for a non-molestation order for herself.
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12 December, 2019
Princess Haya arriving in the British High court, flanked by lawyer [Getty]
Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein returned to London on Wednesday, to resume a high court battle with her estranged husband, Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, over the custody of the pair's children 

According to the Daily Mail, Princess Haya arrived at the High Court. Photographs show her smiling, as she enters to court to make her case against the father of her two young children, Jalila and Zayed.

At present, the case will concern custody of the children, and not revolve around questions of financial settlements.

Princess Haya has applied for a British forced marriage protection and wardship relating to their children, as well as a non-molestation order relating to herself.

Read more: Dubai's ruler's runaway wife seeks forced marriage protection for children in British court.

Al-Maktoum himself is likely to be absent from all proceedings, which began in July this year.

The former couple announced this time last year that the legal dispute would not be pertain to divorce or financial issues. Instead, the focus would be the welfare of their children. 

Sheikh Al-Maktoum married Princess Haya in 2004, in what was believed to be his sixth marriage. The sheikh reportedly has over 20 children from multiple wives.

Early this year, she fled the Gulf emirate with her childen. She resides in Britian, where she owns a gated mansion.

Trouble has been brimming in the court of Dubai's ruling family. 

The daughter of Sheikh Al-Maktoum, Sheikh Latifa, was intercepted by commando forces in the Arabian Sea as she attemped to escape the UAE by boat in April 2018.

Sheikh Latifa, whose mother is Algeria, had recently uploaded a video to YouTube in which she described the horrific abuse she suffered at the hands of the Dubai ruler.

Read more: Runaway Dubai princess, daughter of MBR, 'dragged home kicking and screaming' after escape raid

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