Princess in Dubai Pursues Protection Orders 👸

Toby Melville / Reuters

Toby Melville / Reuters

Princess Protection

Last month, Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein of the United Arab Emirates fled with her 11-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son to apply for protective orders in London, where there are laws that protect victims of domestic abuse and forced marriages.

Who wants what?

The sixth wife of the Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum pleaded in a two-day preliminary court hearing for protection against the forced marriage of one of her children and a non-molestation order on her own behalf. In addition to the princess, two of Sheik Mohammed's daughters also attempted to escape the family, but they were found and forced back to Dubai. The Dubai leader has filed a motion for the return of his children.


Daily Mail: Princess Haya arrives for second day of London divorce battle

The Global and Mail: Court hearings begin in Princess Haya divorce case against powerful Dubai ruler

The right presents the conflict as an event in the couple's divorce. As such, attention seems to be centered around money and legal representation. Coverage also includes more of Sheik Mohammed's perspective and references Princess Haya's fears as allegations. 


The New York Times: Princess Haya, Wife of Dubai’s Ruler, Seeks Protective Order

CNN: Princess Haya, Dubai ruler's wife, seeks court order to prevent child's forced marriage

The left focuses on the context of both the forced marriage of the couple's child and the protection orders mentioned. Articles frame the princess as a victim of domestic abuse and a mother protecting her children. They provide details referencing the danger that the royal family pose to female family members.  

Where's the common ground?

Though both the left and the right allude to the princess's domestic abuse claims and precarious situation, disagreement remains on whether or not she is justified in taking the children. However, both Princess Haya and Sheik Mohammed expressed their own common ground in a public statement, saying they were "concerned with the welfare of the two children of their marriage and do not concern divorce or finances."

Waiting for the court's decision:



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