Princess Haya makes rare public appearance at Windsor Castle to attend committed service to the Queen

Princess Haya bint Hussein made a rare public appearance in Windsor to attend a Commitment Service for the Queen.

The Princess had come with her Jordanian brother Prince Hassan bin Talal to pay tribute to the late monarch, ahead of a service this afternoon at St. George’s Chapel.

It came a day after her ex-husband, Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, visited Buckingham Palace to meet King Charles at a reception on the eve of the Queen’s funeral.

There were concerns that Sheikh Mohamed might be exposed to Prince Hassan at tomorrow’s reception, a potentially awkward encounter following Princess Haya’s divorce from the sheikh.

Sheikh, a horse racing-loving friend of the royal family and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, has been accused by one of his own daughters of holding him hostage against his will, the High Court heard. He has consistently denied the allegations.

Last year, the High Court in London gave the princess full custody of her two children with Sheikh Mohammed after a protracted divorce battle.

He was also awarded £554million – the largest divorce settlement ever negotiated in the UK – which will go primarily to the security of his two children, Jalila, 14, and Zayed, nine.

She has since taken root in the English countryside and was a friend of the Queen, with the pair having a love of horses and horseback riding.

She was one of many close friends of Her Majesty to attend the Commitment Service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor this afternoon, where the Queen is finally laid to rest after more than a week of national mourning.

Princess Haya bint Al Hussein (right) and her Jordanian brother Prince Hassan bin Talal (second right) were seen attending a Commitment Service for the Queen in Windsor this afternoon.

Princess Haya bint Al Hussein (right) and her Jordanian brother Prince Hassan bin Talal (second right) were seen attending a Commitment Service for the Queen in Windsor this afternoon.

It marks a rare public appearance for Princess Haya, who was awarded more than £500 million in her divorce with the ruler of Dubai last year.

It marks a rare public appearance for Princess Haya, who was awarded more than £500 million in her divorce with the ruler of Dubai last year.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is pictured arriving at a reception at Buckingham Palace on the eve of the Queen's funeral

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is pictured arriving at a reception at Buckingham Palace on the eve of the Queen’s funeral

Princess Haya did not attend the Queen's funeral at Westminster Abbey, with her half-brother King Abdullah II representing the nation of Jordan with his wife Queen Rania.

Princess Haya did not attend the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey, with her half-brother King Abdullah II representing the nation of Jordan with his wife Queen Rania.

While the princess attended the Commitment Service, she did not attend the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey earlier in the day, with her half-brother King Abdullah II representing Jordan with his wife, Queen Rania.

Earlier this week Princess Haya described how she was consoled by the Queen after her mother died in a helicopter crash in 1977 and her father, King Hussein, in 1999.

talking to Reuters Outside her country house a few days ago, Princess Haya said: ‘I think we will never see such a queen (never again) and we have never had one before.’

‘I remember that after the death of my late father, and the death of my late mother, Her Majesty was kind enough to have special words for my younger brother and me and to make sure we were well.

‘She for me, like everyone else, is a constant thread in almost every aspect of our lives. I think no decision was made or there was a time when I didn’t think “What would Your Majesty do?” or “What would your Excellency say?”.

‘I think she was to all sections of society and to so many people around the world… an example and an inspiration to look up to. And I liked many others.’

The princess, who was educated in England and went to Oxford University when she was young, filed for divorce from Sheikh Mohammed in 2019.

Princess Haya fled Dubai to the UK in 2019 for fear of her safety, and successfully argued in court that her children would be at risk of being kidnapped by their father, after claiming in court that he forcibly returned Princess Latifah and Shamsa when he tried to escape from UAE. , These claims have been denied by her now ex-husband.

Princess Latifah was kidnapped from a yacht off the coast of India in 2017 and Princess Shamsa was kidnapped in Cambridge and returned to Dubai in 2000.

Ahead of the Queen’s funeral yesterday, Princess Latifa’s best friend said Sheikh Mohammed should not have been invited.

Tina Jouhien told MailOnline that the ruler of Dubai should be stripped of Buckingham Palace and the British government along with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud.

Ms Jouhienen told MailOnline: ‘I don’t think a man of his reputation should be invited to the Queen’s funeral.

‘I hope we’re not going to see MBS’ [what the Crown Prince is colloquially known as] either.’

Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya divorced in 2019 after an affair with one of his bodyguards.  Pictured: The Princess and the Sheikh at Royal Ascot in June 2008

Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya divorced in 2019 after an affair with one of his bodyguards. Pictured: The Princess and the Sheikh at Royal Ascot in June 2008

In their divorce proceedings, the court ordered Sheikh Mohammed to pay £554 million to his ex-wife, including a one-time payment of £251 million.

The prince will also have to provide a £290m HSBC bank guarantee for his children as part of a £11m annual maintenance payment, as well as ongoing security costs for them as adults, £3m to cover their education and £3m in maintenance arrears 9.6m.

The princess’s lawyers had argued that tight security was needed to keep her and the children safe from her ex-husband.

Mr Justice Moore, in a 73-page ruling, declared that there was a ‘clear and ever-present risk’ to the princess and her two young children and that Sheikh Mohammed was the ‘prime danger to her’.

The verdict revealed how Princess Haya alleged that she paid £7 million to ‘blackmailers’ on her security staff to keep her relationship a secret with her British bodyguard, Russell Flowers, which led to the breakdown of their marriage. .

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The billionaire ruler of Dubai has previously been found on the balance of probabilities to kidnap his two adult daughters, Shamsa (left) and Latifah (right).

While the award allows the princess to live a life of blissful luxury as the sheikh’s sixth wife, it is £900m less than what her lawyers originally demanded.

Mr Justice Moore wrote in his ruling: ‘There will continue to be a clear and present risk to HRH for the rest of her life, whether from HH (her ex) or just ordinary terrorists and other threats faced by the princess in her position. Fallen. ,

It was also found that Sheikh Mohamed had his agents ‘hack’ the phones of his lawyers, including his ex-wife and Baroness Fiona Shackleton.

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