‘You betrayer, you betrayed the most precious trust, and your game has been revealed’ – poem written by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum and his estranged junior wife, Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, are getting set for Britain’s ‘most expensive’ divorce, battling each other for custody of their two young children
Gulf monarch suspected his estranged wife had ‘inappropriate contact’ with her British bodyguard when he found them together during surprise visit to their $106.5m [£85m] London home
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum was concerned about the closeness of his young wife Princess Haya, 45, to her British bodyguard
The 69-year-old the ruler of Dubai, one of the world’s richest men, believed that his suspicions were correct when he made a surprise visit to their London home and saw the princess and the bodyguard in the home
He suspected that Princess Haya had ‘inappropriate contact’ with the married bodyguard
Princess Haya the youngest of his six wives, allegedly lavished gifts on the bodyguard
However, other royal sources claim that the Sheikh’s suspicions were, in fact, unfounded
Family sources said he was ‘shocked’ to find his 45-year-old wife with the bodyguard at the lavish residence and immediately demanded she return with him to Dubai.
Princess Haya refused and is now gearing up for what is anticipated will be the most expensive divorce in the UK.
Princess Haya, one of his six wives reports claim, lavished gifts on the bodyguard, while senior royals were critical of the closeness between the pair.
‘The Sheikh came back to the house unannounced and found his wife with the bodyguard. His suspicions were confirmed, ‘ a family source revealed.
‘Having left for his sons’ wedding he was not expected to be back so early.
‘He did not tell the staff he would be coming back and arrived unannounced at the house where he found his wife and the bodyguard. They were too close for his liking.’
However, other royal sources claim that the Sheikh’s suspicions were, in fact, unfounded.
The billionaire Sheikh flew home to Dubai, while his wife and their two young children remained in London.
He later posted a poem to social media that alluded to the alleged close relationship.
The Sheikh had left his wife alone with the bodyguard to attend his eldest son Prince Hamdan wedding on May 15.
Two other sons Sheikh Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Ahmad were also wed at the same time.
Haya, one of the Sheikh’s six wives, has a court date later this month that is set to be the most expensive divorce with the pair hiring top lawyers.
She has engaged Fiona Shackleton who handled the divorce of Princess Diana from Prince Charles.
The Sheikh and his estranged wife are also battling each other for custody of their children.
Princess Haya bint al-Hussein [right], became the sheikh’s sixth and “junior” wife in 2004. 15 years later, the UAE ruler and his estranged wife are set for a bitter divorce are battling each other for custody of their children.
Sources said the senior members of the Dubai royal court had become concerned about the ‘inappropriate intimacy’ between the princess and the unnamed bodyguard who accompanied the family of trips worldwide.
Since being found with the 45-year-old Princess the bodyguard reportedly, has remained in London and is unlikely to ever return to the UAE.
The bodyguard worked for UK Mission Enterprise Limited who provided round the clock security for the Sheikh and his family.
The company is mostly comprised of ex British army officers and is owned by the Dubai Government.
It was claimed on Wednesday that Princess Haya ran away from her luxurious life in Dubai, having spent months ‘meticulously’ plotting her escape, because of what she learned about another member of the Dubai royals who tried to flee.
Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, a daughter of the billionaire racehorse-owning sheikh by another of his six wives, tried to get away to make a new life, was captured and dragged back to Dubai.
The bodyguard is understood to have played a key role in informing Princess Haya about her husband’s alleged ill treatment of his own daughter.
She had been allegedly imprisoned and tortured after an escape attempt in here teens and was forcibly returned to Dubai last year after another failed escape when she was captured by UAE commandos.
The bodyguard is understood to have relayed ‘disturbing facts’ about Latifa’s treatment to the Princess prompting her decision to leave her husband.
David Haigh from the Free Latifa Campaign said: ‘We hope that when this reaches the High Court the truth about the appalling treatment of Princess Latifa finally comes out.
‘Haya is a crucial witness and one person who can tell the world what has happened to Latifa.’
The 69-year-old gulf monarch has filed an unprecedented legal action against his 45-year-old junior wife in the Family Division of the London High Court. He is trying to obtain a court order to have his children returned to Dubai.
The Next hearings in the case is scheduled for July 30 and July 31.
Princess Haya, the youngest of the sheikh’s six wives, reportedly is hiding with her children in her London mansion overlooking Kensington Palace.
The equestrian sport loving Sheikh and the princess are friends of the Queen, another horse enthusiast.
A well-known international figure, Princess Haya is close friends with Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
The princess is the daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan. She is the half-sister of the current King of Jordan and received a British education, having graduated with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Britain’s prestigious Oxford University. She is a keen equestrian, representing Jordan at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.