Princess Haya, a 45-year-old estranged wife of United Arab Emirates Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Mouktam has applied for a forced marriage protection order, heard a London court on Tuesday. She has also sought for the wardship of their children.
Britain’s domestic Press Association news agency reported that the details of the Forced Marriage Protection Order sought by the princess are not known. Judge Andrew McFarlane, the president of the family division of the High Court of England and Wales, said the couple is fighting a legal battle over their children’s welfare.
The Royal Courts of Justice complex in London is hearing the case. The judge allowed the media to report about the application of Princess Haya. Sheikh Mohammed has also applied at the same time for the summary return of the children to Dubai.
Princess Haya is a daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan and a half-sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan.
The Forced Marriage Protection Order is basically used to help someone who is in a forced marriage or someone who is being forced into marriage. According to the law on protection orders, “Force can include physical force, as well as being pressurized emotionally, being threatened or being a victim of psychological abuse.”
A proposal by Sheikh Mohammed’s lawyers seeking details to be subject to reporting restrictions was canceled by McFarlane saying, “There is a public interest in the public understanding, in very broad terms, proceedings that are before the court.”
Haya arrived at the court with her lawyer Hiona Shackleton who represented Prince Charles in the divorce case against Diana, princess of Wales. Guy Ritchie is representing Sheikh Mohammed who was not present in court.