Dubai’s ruler abused his sixth wife so much that a judge denied him responsibility for their two children.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum 72 was criticized by a British judge because of his “coercive, controlling behavior” towards Princess Haya Bint al Hussein, his youngest wife.
The couple are embroiled in a long legal battle over their children.
Sir Andrew McFarlane stated that the sheikh had “consistently displayed coercive, controlling behavior with respect to members of his family whom he considers to be acting contrary to his will.”
After the ruling on Thursday, Princess Haya gave praise to her children and called them “two of the bravest souls”.
Three years ago, her husband discovered that she was having an affair and forced her to flee the United Arab Emirates.
In December, the sheikh was required to pay her a record amount of PS554m as part of their divorce settlement.
She will now be solely responsible for the education and medical care of their daughter Jalila (14), and son Zayed (10).
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Sir Andrew stated that he made the decision to give her sole responsibility because he felt the need to limit the harm to the children’s future and that the coparenting relationship was “entirely insolvent”.
Although the sheikh decided not to have direct contact with his children, he is permitted to communicate indirectly via phone calls.
Princess Haya fled to London and asked the High Court for a series of information about the sheikh. This led to almost 20 judgments.
This decision is expected to be the last significant one.
The sheikh, a member of the Queen’s racing circle, was previously found to have led a “campaign of fear and intimidation” against his ex-wife, including hacking her phone, and to have orchestrated the abduction of two of his adult daughters.
Sir Andrew claimed that his behavior towards the princess, who is a sister to Abdullah II, was domestic abuse.
He stated that the “sustained abuse” was likely to have had a “profound impact on every aspect of her daily life as well as her emotional well-being.”
He said, “Given his enormous power and wealth the potential for him, and those in Dubai who perform his bidding to, to act remorselessly towards the interests of his mother has been proven during these proceedings.”
“It will have completely dominated her thoughts and taken away her peace-of-mind. It will also take away any sense of autonomy.
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A previous ruling prohibited Sheikh Mohammed from purchasing a PS30m estate located in Berkshire overlooking the Princess’s home.
High Court heard from her that her phone was tapped with Pegasus, which is a multimillion-pound spyware available only to certain countries.
Phone hacking was described by her as “astonishingly intrusive and abusive” and targeted her security and legal team members, including Baroness Shackleton, her lawyer, and a Conservative peer.
Sir Andrew stated that His Highness has never accepted that any of the above behaviours took place or was orchestrated by him.
Sheikh continues to deny the allegations
After the ruling, Sheikh Mohammed stated that he loved his children and treasured their love for him.
According to the statement, “He has always cared for and provided for them, as he will always,” “He continues to deny the allegations made during these contentious proceedings.”
Princess Haya stated that her and her children were not “pawns to division” in her first remarks about the dispute.
She said, “There are no words to express the love, respect and admiration I have for Jalila & Zayed, the bravest of all.”
“They have overcome every hardship and challenge with dignity and faith, and a renewed determination to be kind and humble people, determined love, service, and contribute to the better world.”