Queen ‘bans’ Dubai Sheikh from Royal Enclosure at Ascot as scandal rocks Royal Family


THE SHEIKH of Dubai will not be invited to join the Queen in the Royal Box at Ascot in an attempt to distance herself from the ruler.

The Queen has previously played host to the United Arab Emirates ruler – who has gifted her racehorses in the past, and has arrived in the Royal Carriage.

In a judgment published on Wednesday, president of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane found the Sheikh Mohammed was guilty of a “total abuse of trust, and indeed an abuse of power” by “unlawfully” targeting his wife, Princess Haya, and her lawyer Baroness Shackleton with “sophisticated spyware”.

Princess Haya – the half-sister of the current King of Jordan – fled to the UK in 2019.

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Sheikh Mohammed will not receive future invitations as a guest of the Queen at Ascot (Image: Getty)

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A judge found the Sheikh ‘unlawfully’ targeted Princess Haya and her lawyer Baroness Shackleton (Image: Getty)

The Sheikh brought legal action against her in order to return the two children he had with her during their 14-year marriage.

She has now been granted permission by the judge to hand over the findings to the police and the National Crime Agency.

The judge said that Sheikh Mohammed had authorised the hacking of the two women’s phones using software developed by an Israeli intelligence agency.

A legal insider told the Telegraph that the Queen “cannot hobnob with the Sheikh now.

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Princess Haya (right) – the half-sister of the current King of Jordan – fled to the UK in 2019 (Image: Getty)

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Sheikh Mohammed has frequently attended Ascot (Image: Getty)

“His reputation has been trashed – totally, totally trashed and all because of his own actions. He brought the original application. It is the greatest own goal in legal history.”

Princess Haya now reportedly resides in Kensington Palace Gardens, and has diplomatic immunity as an envoy of the Embassy of Jordan.

According to the High Court ruling, Sheikh Mohammed divorced Princess Haya on Feb. 7 2019, twenty years to the day since her father had died, a date which the Princess claimed was “deliberately chosen by [Sheikh Mohammed] to maximise insult and upset to her.”

At a hearing on October 8 2019, the Sheikh revised his application to drop the claim for the two children to be returned to Dubai, instead asking “to re-establish and progressively develop his relationship with his two children through contact.”

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The Dubai ruler is owner of the global racehorse operation Godolphin (Image: Getty)

Later that month, he “revised his position yet further and applied to withdraw his application to the court for contact”.

Princess Haya made a series of claims to the court in order to explain her fleeing the UAE, including that Sheikh Mohammed “ordered and orchestrated the unlawful abduction” of an older daughter, Shamsa, from another marriage, from the UK in 2000.

She also alleged that he ordered “the forcible return” of another daughter, Latifa, in 2002 and 2018.


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The BHA expressed ‘concern’ over claims Princess Latifa had been imprisoned by her father (Image: Getty)

“With respect to both Shamsa and Latifa it is asserted that following their return to the custody of the father’s family they have been deprived of their liberty,” Sir Andrew wrote in his judgement.

Princess Haya also alleged that Sheikh Mohammed “conducted a campaign” with “the aim of harassing, intimidating or otherwise putting the mother in great fear” in 2019, both when she was in Dubai and “at all times” since she moved to England.

In March, the British Horseracing Authority expressed “concern” over claims that Princess Latifa had been imprisoned by her father.


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