UK court to hear Dubai royal custody dispute on Nov. 11

Princess Haya the estranged wife of the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum has applied for a forced marriage protection order a London court

Princess Haya the estranged wife of the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum has applied for a forced marriage protection order a London court

Princess Haya, 45, daughter of King Hussein of Jordan and estranged wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashad al-Maktoum, 70, applied for the order Tuesday at a preliminary family court division hearing in central London over the couple's children.

Sheikh Mohammed, who did not attend the court hearing, is seeking the return of his two children to Dubai.

The order aims to protect a person forced into marriage.

The London embassy of the UAE declined to comment "on allegations about individuals' private lives", while the Dubai government described it as "a private matter that is being resolved in the court".

Representatives of the sheikh did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Princess Haya of Jordan and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum attend Ladies Day at the Investec Derby Festival horse racing meeting at Epsom Downs on June 1, 2012, in Epsom, England.

Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein is the third female member of his court believed to have tried to run away.

A full hearing of the case regarding the welfare of the two children of Princess Haya, 45, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, 70, has been set for November 11.

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Her legal team includes Fiona Shackleton, who represented Prince Charles during his divorce from Princess Diana. She is also the half-sister of the current Jordanian ruler, King Abdullah II. He has more than 20 children by different wives.

Other reports suggested that Princess Haya left Dubai after learning disturbing details about Princess Latifa, a daughter of Sheikh Mohammed from another wife, last year.

The clash between Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya is the latest sign of trouble in Dubai's ruling family. Amnesty International later said she was being held in an undisclosed location in the United Arab Emirates after being forcibly returned to the country. She had also posted a video recounting her abuse by her own family.

Princess Haya is reported to have applied for asylum in Germany and according to The Times, where was escorted by a diplomat.

However, she is suspected to have recently found out more information regarding the case, something which may have caused her to come under increased pressure from her husband and his family.

Two of Sheikh Mohammed's daughters reportedly made previous escape attempts, one earlier this year who escaped the UAE by sea with the help of a Frenchman and another in July 2000 in Surrey, who was later found in Cambridge.

Nineteen-year-old Sheikha Shamsa Al Maktoum drove a Land Rover to the edge of the estate, left the vehicle there and slipped under a fence. BBC News says she was apparently spirited back to Dubai about a year after being found in Cambridge, 50 miles north of the United Kingdom capital.

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