Dubai’s Princess Haya attends court in latest legal wrangle with estranged husband

Dubai’s Princess Haya attends court in latest legal wrangle with estranged husband Sheikh Al Maktoum over long-running custody battle as he fights to keep judgements secret

Next round of costly divorce battle between Haya and Al Maktoum is on today Princess was seen arriving at the Court of Appeal side-by-side with Shackleton Top lawyer represented the Prince of Wales during his divorce from Diana 

Dubai’s Princess Haya was seen arriving in court today for the latest legal wrangle with her estranged husband Sheikh Al Maktoum over their long-running custody battle.

The ruler of Dubai is appealing against a decision to make two judgments relating to the row public, the Court of Appeal heard.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, 70, who is also vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, has applied to the High Court for the summary return of his two children to Dubai.

Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, 45, the half-sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan, has applied for the children to be made wards of court.

Princess Haya arriving at the Court of Appeal today with high-profile family lawyer Fiona Shackleton 

So far Britain’s top family judge has only allowed the press to report that she has also applied for the non-molestation order – designed to help victims of domestic violence keep abusers away – and a forced marriage protection order in relation to the children.

These can be made to protect a person from being forced into a marriage and could, for example, prevent someone being taken abroad for a wedding.

Haya’s legal team includes Baroness Shackleton, who represented the Prince of Wales during his divorce from Diana, and Sir Paul McCartney in his divorce from Heather Mills.

Baroness Shackleton became a life peer sitting on the Tory benches in 2010 and remains the personal solicitor of Princes William and Harry.

Haya attended a hearing at the Court of Appeal in London today to hear Lord Justice Underhill read a public statement confirming that Sheikh Mohammed is appealing against a decision to publish two judgments made by Sir Andrew McFarlane, the president of the Family Division.

The judge said the two judgments relate to ‘certain disputed factual issues’ and ‘issues arising out of the special position of (Sheikh Mohammed) as the sovereign and head of government of a foreign state’.



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