Princess Haya arrives at appeal court with her lawyer Baroness Shackleton

Princess Haya arrives at appeal court with her lawyer Baroness Fiona Shackleton to learn if estranged husband Sheikh Al Maktoum has won right to secrecy in long-running legal row

Ruler of Dubai wants to keep two judgments relating to the legal row in secret Lord Justice Underhill will decide on the issue today at Court of Appeal hearingThe couple are locked in a long-running row over the custody of their children  

The ruler of Dubai has lost his appeal against a High Court decision to publish two judgments relating to his legal battle with estranged wife Princess Haya.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, 70, had been battling to keep elements of their long-running legal row secret, appealing against a previous decision to make details public. 

Lord Justice Underhill ruled against the ruler of Dubai at the Court of Appeal in London today.  

Earlier, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein. was seen arriving at the court with her lawyer Fiona Shackleton ahead of the judgement.   

Sheikh Al Maktoum, who is also vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, has been locked in a long-running row with his estranged wife over their custody of their two children. 

Princess Haya arriving at the Court of Appeal with Baroness Fiona Shackleton for today’s hearing 

Haya with Mohammed bin Rashed al-Maktoum at Ascot in 2008

Princess Haya accompanies Mohammed bin Rashed al-Maktoum at Ascot in 2008

Shekh Mohammed has applied for the summary return of his children to Dubai, while Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, 45, the half-sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan, wants them to be made wards of court so they cannot be taken to Dubai against her will.  

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 on Wednesday 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.



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