IN a highly unusual move, Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai and Princess Haya of Jordan have issued a statement regarding their divorce proceedings. The couple decided to speak out after extensive media coverage of their split, and have confirmed that their upcoming courtroom legal dispute is regarding their children’s welfare.
A two-day hearing in London’s High Court is due to take place on 30th and 31st July. The statement, issued through the court, confirmed: “These proceedings are concerned with the welfare of the two children of their marriage, and do not concern divorce or finances.”
Sheikh Mohammed, the 70-year-old billionaire is also the founder of the successful Godolphin horse racing stable.
Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, 45, is the daughter of the former King Hussein of Jordan, and the half-sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan, who is married to Queen Rania. She is the Sheikh’s sixth wife following their 2004 marriage in Amman, and mother of his two youngest children, 11-year-old Sheikha Jalila and seven-year-old Sheikh Zayed. He reportedly has 23 children by his different wives. Princess Haya is now said to be living with her children in the family’s £85-million home in Kensington, after reportedly fleeing Dubai earlier this year. – Hello Magazine.