This is the bodyguard at the heart of the biggest divorce hearing ever between the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Maktoum and his runaway wife, Princess Haya, who can unveil MailOnline.
Former infantryman Russell Flowers is the man allegedly & # 39; inappropriate contact & # 39; had with the princess, which led to the divorce of £ 4.5 billion.
The close protection officer, who divorced his wife last year, refused to comment today on his friendship with the mother-of-two, who is supposed to have fled the Arab kingdom and to hide in the £ 85 million mansion near the Kensington Palace.
Former infantryman Russell Flowers (photo) is the bodyguard who reportedly & # 39; inappropriate contact & # 39; had had with the wife of the Dubai ruler, Sheikh Maktoum, who caused their divorce
Flowers, a close protection officer (pictured last year at Ascot with Princess Haya and Sheikh Maktoum) worked for the Princess for five years, where the couple evoked a close friendship
It is thought that friendship with Mr Flowers is the reason the princess has fled the Arab kingdom and is now hiding in the £ 85 million family home in London and waiting for a Sheikh Maktoum divorce hearing (photo)
Asked about the three-year rumor friendship and suggestions that he will be mentioned in divorce proceedings, he said: & # 39; I have nothing to say about this. & # 39;
It is said that Mr. Flowers, 36, was too close to the royal family during his five-year secondment as her close protector, based on the Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket and accompanying her around the world.
It is believed that friendship is the reason that the princess has fled the Arab kingdom and is now hiding in London awaiting a divorce hearing.
Last year, Flowers, a five-year-old soldier with the Royal Regiment of the Princess of Wales, was pictured with her during the annual visit of the Royal Family of Dubai to Royal Ascot with her seven-year-old son Zayed.
The bodyguard has since gone into hiding after Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum is allegedly troubled by his apparent connection with his wife.
Senior members of the Dubai royal court had expressed concern about the friendship and brought it to the attention of her billionaire racehorse owner husband.
The 69-year-old sheikh – one of & # 39; the world's richest men – did not make an official comment, but published a poem that many thought was directed against his wife and spoke about & # 39; betrayal and betrayal & # 39 ;.
Sheikh Maktoum (left) separates his estranged wife, Princess Haya (right), after worrying about the & # 39; inappropriate contact & # 39; of his wife with her British officer near protection
Princess Haya is supposed to hide in the £ 85 million family home near Kensington Palace (above) and refuses to return to Dubai after the collapse of her marriage
Independent sources in Dubai and London confirmed to MailOnline that Mr. Flowers, trained at the £ 7,000-a-term Mayfield College, was the bodyguard who raised so much concern.
A source close to the family said the princess insisted that Flowers accompany her on every trip abroad.
She was said to have overloaded him with gifts and bought him a Range Rover, as well as other gifts, including a bespoke shotgun and £ 50,000 watch.
It is said that the car of the highest segment has a personalized license plate.
After the breakup of his marriage to his wife, Emily, the princess would also have bought a farm to house him in a village near Newmarket, Suffolk, where he lived.
Sources told MailOnline that the friendship between Flowers and the princess was an open secret between the mostly ex-military men who formed the protection team for her and children seven and eleven.
Haya would always be accompanied by two bodyguards, but in many cases he would reject one of them, leaving them alone with flowers, the source claimed.
One member of her team who told her that this was a breach of the security protocol after his contract was terminated received a pay-off and was asked to sign a confidentiality agreement, it is claimed.
The source said: & # 39; Princess Haya has always had completely different security information from her husband and it was their job to protect her and the children.
& # 39; There were many occasions when two bodyguards would be with her, but she would reject one or Flowers would tell the other that he wasn't needed.
& # 39; This meant that when they went outside, she was not fully protected because no one would be in a backup car. The security team took their work very seriously and did not want to lose their job because something went wrong that could be avoided.
& # 39; When the bodyguard involved raised this with the princess and explained that it was a violation of the protocol, his contract was terminated. Of course he signed a confidentiality agreement. & # 39;
Before the crown princesses, 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 2ndBattalion of The Princess of Wales Regiment.
According to his LinkedIn page, he was a maritime security agency for two years, serving oil tankers at risk of hijacking 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 Government of Dubai owns the Belgravia-based security and concierge firm that offers day and night protection, as well as domestic help for the Dubai Royal family in their residences in the UK.
Almost all members of the security team are former soldiers.
Flowers was mainly based on Dalham Hall, the beautiful 3.3-hectare estate owned by Sheikh Maktoum, about 10 km from Newmarket city center.
Independent sources in Dubai and London confirmed to MailOnline that Sheikh Maktoum had become suspicious of the time Princess Haya spent with her married 36-year-old bodyguard
The princess would spend time with the former infantry soldier in the beautiful 3,000-hectare Suffolk house Dalham Hall (above) of the Maktoums. Mr Flowers lived in his marital home in Newmarket before saying goodbye to his wife last year
A short distance away are the world-famous Godolphin stables, the center of all the horse races and breeding activities of the sheik.
Princess Haya, an accomplished rider who participated in the equestrian events at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, was a frequent visitor to Dalham Hall.
The source said: & # 39; Flowers would go wherever the princess went. When she went on vacation, he was standing next to her. If she went to the races, he would be there.
& # 39; When she returned to Dubai, he would accompany her but did not work there because the royal family enjoys their own protection.
Once the princess was in Dubai, he would board the plane and fly home. The princess was very interested in what happened at Dalham Hall and was most often there. & # 39;
Due to her frequent visits, Flowers and his wife brought a Victorian house to the center of town.
But the source said the marriage broke up last year, while his ex accused the close friendship between her husband and the princess, which is claimed to be a contributing factor.
A friend told MailOnline: & # 39; When the house was sold, the real estate agent commented that her husband was now living in a much nicer place that was bought for him.
& # 39; If she did not know the friendship fully, she discovered it then. & # 39;
They fear that the queen might be attracted to the imminent separation between Sheikh Maktoum and his alienated wife, because she is known for being close to them, both about their shared love of horse racing. Pictured: Maktoums meets Her Majesty and Prince Edward on Ascot
The house is supposed to be in the name of a private company owned by the princess.
His former wife would be & # 39; destroyed & # 39; by the end of her marriage. to be.
Her parents Piers and Anita Coombs refused to comment.
Piers told MailOnline: & # 39; I don't want to participate & # 39 ;.
Rumors about the end of Maktoum & 15's marriage to the youngest of his six wives started after her husband failed to go to Royal Ascot with her husband this year.
Despite her love for horse racing, she was absent and was not seen in public for almost two months.
The princess is said to have fled to Germany to seek political asylum and is afraid of her life.
Sources in Dubai said she had been preparing for several months to flee with the treatment of her stepdaughter Princess Latifa, a crucial factor.
Latifa, 33, was captured by commandos while she was trying to flee to the US to start a new life after claiming that she had been locked up and tortured before trying to escape from Dubai as a teenager.
After being forced back to Dubai, she was not seen for nine months until Princess Haya made an appointment with her girlfriend Mary Robinson, the former Irish prime minister, to meet Latifa.
The staged meeting was condemned by human rights groups who said that Robinson had accepted the version of the events in the Dubai ruler, that she was the victim of an extortion plot instead of being held against her will.
Campaigners say she has been drugged and detained in her own home as a prisoner.
Princess Haya would have decided to flee when she learned the truth about Latifa and feared that the same would happen to her if she stayed in Dubai.
She thinks she is hiding in her £ 85 million house in Kensington, West London, but has not been seen in public.
She hired Fiona Shackleton to represent her in divorce proceedings at the Supreme Court later this month.
Shackleton is one of the top divorce lawyers in the UK and has dealt with the divorce of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
Maktoum has hired Helen Ward, who represented former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone in his divorce from his wife Slavica.
Legal experts predict that the divorce will be the most expensive ever in the UK.
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