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Runaway Jordanian princess seems to have stirred up an international diplomatic crisis

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Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein, the daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan and one of the wives of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, is reportedly fearing for her life after leaving her husband and running away from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with two of her children and over $39 million.

The princess and the Sheikh have been embroiled in a legal battle in English courts after she filed for divorce, and the case is due to resume later this month.

The BBC, citing sources close to the princess, reported Tuesday that al-Hussein lives in fear of being abducted from London and being "rendered" back to Dubai.

The 45-year-old royal has also been quite inactive on social media since February, contrary to her usual habits as an activist and regular poster.

The BBC also alluded to Sheikh Mohammed's recent 'suggestive' posts, one in which he quoted a furious poem on Instagram, full of accusations of "treachery and betrayal".

Media reports state that she first sought asylum in Germany for herself.

Princess and her two children, 11-year-old Jalila and 7-year-old Zayed are currently seeking refuge in the U.K where she is hiding in a town house in Central London.

It is reported that the Princess has been conspicuously absent from Royal Ascot this year, despite being an Olympic rider a regular at races.

Sources told the BBC that she was in fear for her life as she is prepared for a court battle with her husband.

Princess Haya was born in 1974. Her father was King Hussein of Jordan and mother was Queen Aliya. She was three years old when her mother was killed in a helicopter crash in the south of the country.

The current ruler of King Abdullah II is her brother. The princess spent a lot of time in Britain as a child. She was educated at the private, all girls Badminton School in Bristol before studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) in Oxford University. It may be mentioned Aung San Suu Kyi also took the same degree from Oxford University.

The Princess has previously told interviewers that she has a passion for falconry, shooting heavy machinery and she claims to be only woman licensed to drive heavy trucks in Jordan.

She took up horse riding as a young girl and found a passion for the sport and in her 20s she pursued a career as a full time equestrian athlete when represented her country in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and was her country’s flag bearer.

On April 10, 2004, aged 30, the Princess married Sheikh Mohammad-the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the ruler of Dubai. The Princess was his sixth and “junior wife”. He reportedly had 23 children by his different wives.

It is reported that like her he was keen horses. He was the founder and owner of Godolphin horse racing stables. The couple was wed in a ceremony in Amman. In the years since, Princess spoke effusively in public about her relationship with Sheikh Mohammad , painting a picture of perfect family life.

The UAE was one of the donors in establishing institutions in Bangladesh for human welfare and in Dhaka there is a UAE market which is popular and a prominent place for shopping.

Barrister Harun ur Rashid, Former  Bangladesh Ambassador to the UN, Geneva.

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