Following a week of unconfirmed reports that Princess Haya bint Hussein is seeking asylum to Germany, sources close to the ruling family in Dubai confirmed the reports to international media.
Princess Haya, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s wife and the daughter of King Hussein of Jordan, have reportedly fled the UAE along with her two kids, Zayed and Jalila, with assistance of a German diplomat to seek asylum in Germany.
As yet there is no confirmation from German, Emirati or Jordanian sources. The Daily Mail had reported on Friday that the Princess left UAE and is seeking a divorce, citing two sources close to the ruling family in Dubai.
Princess Haya is not the first member of Sheikh Mohammed’s family to attempt an escape. Earlier last year, the story of the runaway daughter of Sheikh Mohammed was triggered in the media, when Princess Latifa tried to escape the country to start a new life by the help of foreign friends. She was eventually forced to return to Dubai and has disappeared from public view since.
Princess Haya,her parents were the King and Queen of Jordan, her brother is King of Jordan, has escaped Dubai to get away from her husband the Sheik,her life was in danger. Coming from such powerful family and still scared for her life. Imagine what a common woman has to suffer,— Nina (@ShakeLS) June 29, 2019
The stories of both princesses have raised many questions over Sheikh Mohammed’s attitude toward women in his family.
Additionally, media reports have also confirmed that Germany has refused a request from her husband to return his wife to Dubai.
Meanwhile, the story has taken the internet by storm with opinion online divided whether the story is fake or Princess Haya has actually escaped and the reasons led her to do so.
If the escape of #PrincessHaya is indeed true, it would be very important that Germany made a statement on it.— Νick Antoniou (@NickAntoniou) June 24, 2019
Meanwhile, Emiratis took to the internet to weigh in on the story. Some claimed Princess Haya has stolen money before fleeing.
الأميرة هيا لحد ينسى ان ابوها ملك سابق واخوها الشقيق الملك الحالي ، ومب في حاجه تسرق 4 مليار !!!!!! معروف ابوها من اغنى اغنياء ملوك العالم ?— المها بوزوير (@ialmaha10) June 22, 2019
Translation: “Don't’ forget the Princess Haya’s father is late King Hussein and her brother is a current king. She does not need to steal 4 billion! It is well-known that her father is among the richest people in the world.”
Others went to disprove the news claiming it is an “international propaganda” that aims to hurt the Emirati and Jordanian bilateral relations and raise diplomatic tensions.
الأقلام الحاقدة كثيرة ..سمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد وسمو الأميرة هيا بنت الحسين أسمى من أن يتقول عليهما أحد ..مصدرك يا ناشر التغريدة أو تنخرس— .NASSER ABU KHARROUB_Alabadi (@NOON_EAGLE) June 20, 2019
Translation: “There are many haters. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and her Highness Princess Haya are nobler than saying such stuff about them by anyone. Either you provide a source or shut up.”
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