Wife of Dubai ruler ‘on the run in the UK’ over fears her life is in danger

Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, the wife of the Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, waits for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to arrive for a press conference ahead of the launch of the UN's report on humanitarian financing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Jan 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Dokoupil)

The wife of the ruler of Dubai is reportedly on the run in the UK and in fear of her life.

Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein is said to be living in an £85 million town house in Kensington Palace Gardens, central London, after fleeing her husband, Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum.

The British-educated princess is now preparing for a legal battle in the High Court with her husband, according to the BBC.

Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum and his wife Princess Haya bint al-Hussein attend the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates February 11, 2018. REUTERS/Christopher Pike

Princess Haya, 45, married billionaire racehorse owner Sheikh Mohammed in 2004, becoming his sixth and "junior wife".

She fled to Germany to seek asylum earlier this year before travelling to the UK having allegedly discovered details about the return of one of the ruler's daughters, Sheikha Latifa, after she went missing from Dubai last year.

Princess Haya defended Dubai's reputation after Sheikha Latifa's escape was brought to a halt by armed men off the coast of India.

Authorities in Dubai said Sheikha Latifa had been "vulnerable to exploitation" and was "now safe in Dubai".

However, human rights advocates said she was forcibly abducted against her will and Princess Haya subsequently learnt new facts about the case, putting her under increasing hostility from her husband's family until she no longer felt safe.

Sources say she now fears being abducted and "rendered" back to Dubai.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 05: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein visit the newly refurbished 'Maiden' Yacht at HMS President on September 5, 2018 in London, England. The 'Maiden' Yacht was used by the first all-female crew to sail in the 1990 Whitbread Round the World Race in which they finished second. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Sheikh Mohammed, 69, has since posted a poem on Instagram accusing an unidentified woman of "treachery and betrayal".

The UAE embassy in London declined to comments as it was a "personal matter between two individuals".

This article originally appeared on Yahoo UK
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