The recent High Court ruling in London concludes one of the most publicized divorces in recent years. Princess Haya, half-sister of the King of Jordan, has just been given sole custody of her two children, with whom she has been living in London since fleeing their father, the Emir of Dubai.
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The Emir of Dubai loses all his rights after his historic divorce
In December 2021, the High Court of London Judge announced his judgment on the divorce of Princess Haya of Jordan and Sheikh Mohammed ben Rashid Al-Maktoum, Emir of Dubai. Britain’s judiciary has settled the country’s costliest divorce by awarding a record €650 million in compensation to the princess, daughter of the late King Hussein and half-sister of current King Abdullah II.
The saga began in April 2019 when the sixth wife of the Emir of Dubai took advantage of the absence of the Sheikh, who attended his sons’ weddings, to flee the United Arab Emirates with their two children, Princess Jalila and Prince Zayed, who are 14 and 10 years old today. As a refugee in London in a house bought with her own money, she had enjoyed maximum protection, fearing the worst for herself and her children.
On the sidelines of the divorce proceedings, the British judge notably recognized the Emir of Dubai as responsible for the kidnapping of two of his daughters. Above all, these kidnappings motivated Princess Haya to flee for fear that her husband would now attack her. He was found guilty of other offences: harassment, intimidation, making death threats, laying weapons illegally, etc. The British verdict was embarrassing for the ruler of Dubai, who owns the largest stable in the UK and has some influence in the country.
Sir Andrew McFarlane ruled on March 25 that, given the outcome of the divorce proceedings and the danger the children would face in their father’s presence, the mother would be given sole custody with no visitation rights to the father. Sheikh Mohammed ben Rashid Al-Maktoum will only be able to contact them by phone, The Guardian adds. The newspaper quotes the judge’s written verdict, which speaks of it “domestic violence” against his ex-wife. He has emotionally and psychologically harmed her children and would continue to do so if she would ask him for permission to interact with her children on a daily basis.
The judge based his ruling on troubling facts reported to him that prove he “has consistently exhibited compulsive and manipulative behavior towards family members whom he believes are acting against his will”. The 72-year-old Emir of Dubai, for example, secretly promoted the purchase of the house next door to his ex-wife and their two children in order to intimidate and monitor them. He also had spyware installed on the phones of his ex-wife’s lawyers.
After receiving the final judgment that gave her sole custody of their children, Princess Haya, who was once very vocal on social media but has become extremely discreet since moving to the UK, released a very lengthy statement in which she speaks of his relief. She thanks the British authorities and congratulates her children Jalila and Zayed who “have faced all difficulties and challenges with dignity, faith and a renewed will to be kinder and more humble people”.
For his part, the Emir of Dubai, who is also Vice President of the United Arab Emirates and Prime Minister of the country, sent a press release in which he continues to deny all allegations against himself. He states that he “loves his children” and “has always looked after and cared for her and always will”.