Battle of the big-money briefs: Ruler of Dubai and his on-the-run wife bring in two of London’s most famous divorce lawyers as they prepare to go war over his billions
- Princess Haya bint al-Hussein is thought to be living in her London mansion
- The 45-year-old split from husband Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Maktoum, 69
- Haya said to have hired Baroness Shackleton who represented Prince Charles
- Sheikh Mohammed has hired lawyer Helen Ward who represented Guy Ritchie
The ruler of Dubai and his on-the-run wife have brought in two of London‘s most famous divorce lawyers as they prepare to go to war over his billions.
Oxford educated Princess Haya fled the country with her children Jalila, 11, and Zayed, seven, after the break up of her marriage with billionaire Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.
Princess Haya is thought to be living in London at an £85 million mansion near Kensington Palace, and is thought to have hired Baroness Shackleton, who has represented Prince Charles and Sir Paul McCartney.
Meanwhile Sheikh Mohammed has reportedly employed Helen Ward who represented Guy Ritchie when he was divorcing Madonna.
Lady Shackleton is known as the ‘Steel Magnolia’, for her charm and determination, after securing the Prince of Wales a divorce settlement in 1996.
She also represented Sir Paul McCartney in his divorce, and famously had a glass of water thrown over her by Heather Mills.
Lady Shackleton became a life peer sitting on the Tory benches in 2010 and remains the personal solicitor of Princes William and Harry.
Meanwhile Lady Ward, who works for Stewart’s Law of London, is known for her sharp intelligence and work ethic, previously claiming she worked 17 or 18 hour days ‘if I have to.’
Lady Ward was also represented Bernie Ecclestone in his £2bn divorce battle with ex-wife Slavica, at the High Court in 2009.
Princess Haya bought this property in Kensington for £85 million from Indian billionaire Lakshmi Mittal in 2017 and applied for planning permission to alter the Grade II listed building
Princess Haya, who married Sheikh Mohammed in 2004, is said to have fled Dubai and initially settled in Germany to seek asylum, before coming to London.
She is understood to have taken £31million with her to start a new life, and is thought to be in her £85 million Kensington property she purchased from Indian billionaire Lakshmi Mittal in 2017.
Friends told MailOnline Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein fled Dubai after hearing about how Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Maktoum had apparently treated his daughter Princess Latifa.
Haya was told by her husband that Latifa was the victim of an extortion plot and had to be rescued and brought back to Dubai when in fact Latifa says she was trying to escape to start a new life in the US.
A family source said: ‘Princess Haya finally learned the truth about what her husband did to his own daughter and feared the same could happen to her.
‘She went along with what was said after Latifa escaped last year but found out for herself what she had endured and asked herself, what kind of man puts his own daughter in prison?’
Latifa, 33, fled Dubai on a yacht last year but was caught by special forces and is currently imprisoned in the Gulf state.