Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein was first seen today since she fled Dubai from the UK when she arrived at the London court for a hearing about her children with Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum.
The princess, 45, left the Dubai ruler, 70, in June and was reportedly & hid in London for fear of her life & # 39; after the news that their divorce was announced.
She fled with the two children of the couple and initially applied for asylum in Germany before going to the £ 85 million mansion in West London, where she has been since.
Today she was accompanied at court by her legal team, including specialized divorce lawyer Fiona Shackleton, who handled the divorce of Prince Charles with Princess Diana. Experts say the pair could fight over £ 4.5 billion, making it one of the most expensive divorces in British legal history.
The exact details of today's hearing were not disclosed, but the former couple confirmed earlier in a joint statement that it would be related to their children and not to their divorce or finances.
It comes after it was claimed that the breakup followed on & # 39; inappropriate contact & # 39; between Princess Haya and her British bodyguard Russell Flowers.
Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, on the right, pictured with her legal team including lawyer Fiona Shackleton, center, arrived today at the High Court in London for a hearing about her children
Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum and alienated wife Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein, pictured together at Royal Ascot in 2013, have started a fight at the UK Supreme Court over their children for their divorce
Princess Haya, rightly so, fled Dubai with her two children in June by the Sheikh and legal experts predict that they could fight for £ 4.5 billion in divorce, although today's trial only concerns the welfare of their children
After her disappearance, an angry poem allegedly written by the Sheikh was published on his official Instagram page that accused an unnamed woman of & # 39; betrayal and betrayal & # 39 ;.
Princess Haya is the daughter of the former King Hussein of Jordan and half-sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan.
The princess graduated from Oxford University and is a former Olympic equestrian sport that represents Jordan during the 2000 competitions in Sydney.
She became the sixth Sheikh's wife in 2004 and the couple shares a love for horses. The billionaire Sheikh founded the horse races of Godolphin and is often seen in Royal Ascot with The Queen.
It is understood that Princess Haya wants to stay in the UK, but if the sheik demands her return, this can cause a diplomatic incident due to the close ties of Britain with the UAE.
She bought the Kensington mansion in 2017 from Indian billionaire Lakshmi Mittal.
The princess recently moved to a £ 85 million mansion, pictured, that she bought from Indian billionaire Lakshmi Mittal in 2017
A poem allegedly written by Sheikh Mohammed and about & # 39; betrayal & # 39; was placed on an Instagram account that was linked to the Dubai ruler
The princess is said to have fled Dubai because she has learned & # 39; alarming facts & # 39; about the disappearance of one of her daughters, Princess Latifa.
Latifa, 33, was captured by commanders when she tried to flee to the US to start a new life, after claiming she had been imprisoned earlier and tortured when she tried to flee Dubai as a teenager escape.
After forcibly returning to Dubai, she was not seen for nine months until Princess Haya arranged for her girlfriend Mary Robinson, the former Irish Prime Minister, to meet Latifa.
The staged meeting was condemned by human rights organizations who said that Robinson had accepted the version of the events of the Dubai ruler that she was the victim of a blackmail percentage instead of being held against her will.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum is pictured here and receives a trophy from the queen after one of his horses won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 22, with his wife noticeably absent after having previously visited the event with him
Sources claim that Princess Haya fled after she & # 39; disturbing facts & # 39; had heard about the treatment of the Sheikh from his 33-year-old daughter Latifa, 33, who, according to campaigners, is being held & # 39; in Dubai after a failed escape attempt
Campaigners say she has been drugged and detained as a prisoner in her own home.
Princess Haya would have decided to flee when she heard the truth about Latifa and feared that the same could happen to her if she stayed in Dubai.
She hired Fiona Shackleton to represent her in the proceedings – one of the best divorce lawyers in the UK who represented Prince Charles during his divorce from Princess Diana.
Sheikh Mohammed hired Helen Ward who represented former Formula 1 leader Bernie Ecclestone in his divorce from his wife Slavica.
Meanwhile, it was previously claimed that Princess Haya & # 39; inappropriate contact & # 39; had with bodyguard Russell Flowers.
The former infantry soldier became an officer of close protection, who divorced his wife last year, and then refused to comment on his friendship with the mother of two.
Former infantry soldier Russell Flowers (photo) is, according to the bodyguard & # 39; inappropriate contact & # 39; with the wife of the Dubai ruler, Sheikh Mohammed, who caused their divorce
Flowers, a close protection officer (pictured on Ascot last year with Princess Haya and Sheikh Mohammed) worked for the Princess for five years where the couple made a close friendship
When asked about rumors about friendship that lasts for three years and suggestions that he will be mentioned in divorce proceedings, he said: & # 39; I have nothing to say about this. & # 39;
Mr. Flowers, 36, would have come too close to the royal family during his five-year secondment if her close protection officer joined the Dalham Hall Stud family in Newmarket and accompanied her around the world.
The friendship is supposed to be the reason that the princess has fled the Arab kingdom and is now hiding in London and waiting for a hearing about a divorce.
Last year, Flowers, a soldier at Princess of Wales Royal Regiment for five years, was pictured with her during the annual visit of the Royal Family of Dubai to Royal Ascot with her seven-year-old son.
The bodyguard has since gone into hiding after Sheikh Mohammed has reportedly been troubled by his apparent proximity to his wife.
Senior members of the Dubai Royal Court had expressed concern about the friendship and brought it to the attention of her husband of the millionaire racehorse.
A source close to the family said the princess insisted that Mr. Flowers accompany her on every trip abroad.
It is said that she has overloaded him with gifts and bought him a Range Rover, as well as other gifts, including a customized £ 50,000 shotgun, Saville Row suits and a watch. The top car is said to have a personalized number plate.
The princess would spend time with the former infantry soldier in the beautiful 3000-acre Suffolk house Dalham Hall (above). Mr. Flowers lived in his marital home in Newmarket before divorcing his wife last year
After the breakup of his marriage to his wife, the princess would also have bought a farm to house him in a village near Newmarket, Suffolk, where he was based.
Sources told MailOnline that the friendship between Flowers and the Princess was an open secret among the mostly ex-military men who formed the protection team for her and her children of seven and 11 years old.
Before he became the crown princess bodyguard, Flowers had worked for a private security company
After leaving Mayfield College in East Sussex, he joined the army and served from 2003 to 2009 for nearly six years in the 2nd Battalion of The Princess of Wales Regiment.
According to his LinkedIn page, he was a maritime security office for two years where oil tankers were at risk of being hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia.
In 2012 he joined the Knight Security Group and two years later he joined UK Mission Enterprise Ltd.
The Dubai government owns the Belgravia-based security and concierge company that provides 24-hour protection and domestic help to the Dubai Royal family in their British homes.
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