Dubai ruler must pay £1.4 billion to princess ex-wife who was ‘terrified’ of him

The ruler of Dubai has been ordered to shell out the UK's largest-ever divorce settlement after his now-ex wife claimed she was “terrified” of him.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has been told to pay an initial amount of around £550 million to former wife Princess Haya bint al-Hussein and their two children, with the grand total eventually coming to an eye-watering £1.4 billion.

But Judge Philip Moor clarified that this isn't just a standard divorce payout, but a form of protection for the trio against the “grave risk” Sheik Mohammed poses to them.

Judge Moor said: “She is not asking for an award for herself other than for security.

“The main threat they face is from (the sheikh) himself not from outside sources.

“There will remain a clear and ever present risk to (Haya) for the remainder of her life, whether it be from (Mohammed) or just from the normal terrorist.”

Princess Haya, 47, escaped from the UAE England in April 2019 alongside her two children.

At the time she claimed she was “terrified” of her husband, who later carried out a campaign of “threats and intimidation” that made her feel “unsafe”, she claimed.

It was noted by the Judge that the sheikh had also previously “abducted and mistreated” two of his daughters from a previous marriage, too.

And to make the settlement even more eye-watering, the sheikh, who is also vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, was told to provide compensation for possessions she said that she has lost as a result of the breakdown of the marriage.

A one-off payment of £251.5m within three months will be paid to help the princess, who lives in Kensington, with the maintenance of her mansions in the UK.

This will also cover costs of her jewelry, racehorses and future security.

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He was also ordered to pay another £3m to pay for the education of Jalila, 14, and Zayed, 9 – the couple's two children – as well as £9.6m in arrears.

An £11.2m a year payment for the children's maintenance will also be set up, which will be guaranteed by a £290 million security bond held by HSBC bank.

The full total of the settlement is £1.4 billion.

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