Dubai ruler’s ‘imprisoned’ daughter Princess Latifa fears for all times in new video
Dubai ruler’s ‘imprisoned’ daughter Princess Latifa mentioned she fears she might not survive her ordeal in secret ‘hostage’ messages despatched to associates.
Princess Latifa Al Maktoum escaped from Dubai in February 2018 however was forcibly returned the next month.
Video messages recorded on a cell phone, obtained by BBC Panorama, present the princess, now 35, crouched towards the wall in a rest room on the “villa jail” the place she says she is being detained.
Within the messages, she mentioned: “I’m a hostage.
“And this villa has been transformed right into a jail.
“All the windows are barred shut, I can’t open any window.
“… I am unable to even go exterior to get any contemporary air.”
She added: “Each day I’m anxious about my security and my life, I do not actually know if I will survive this example.
“The police threatened me that I’ll be in prison my whole life and I’ll never see the sun again.
“I’m actually reaching some extent now the place I am simply getting so bored with every part… I simply wish to be free.”
Last year the High Court in London found her father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, “ordered and orchestrated” the abduction and forced return to Dubai of Princess Latifa twice, in 2002 and again in 2018.
Sheikh Mohammed and the Dubai Royal Court have claimed she is safe in the loving care of her family.
The ruler had previously been pictured alongside the Queen at horse racing events due to their shared passion for the sport, although the Queen was said to “distance herself” from him following the Excessive Courtroom ruling.
The BBC mentioned Princess Latifa was guarded by round 30 police on the villa.
Her buddy Tiina Jauhiainen, who helped the Princess escape three years in the past, instructed the BBC: “She is so pale, she hasn’t seen sunlight for months.
“She will be able to principally transfer simply from her room to the kitchen and again.”
Former Irish president Mary Robinson, a friend of Sheikh Mohammed’s sixth wife Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, previously described Princess Latifa as a “troubled younger girl” but has since admitted she was “misled”.
She told Panorama: “I used to be misled, initially by my good buddy Princess Haya, as a result of she was misled.
“Haya began to explain that Latifa had quite a serious bipolar problem.
“They usually had been saying to me, in a means that was very convincing: ‘We do not need Latifa to undergo any additional trauma’.
“I didn’t know how to address somebody who was bipolar about their trauma.
“And I did not actually really wish to discuss to her and enhance the trauma over a pleasant lunch.”
BBC Panorama: The Lacking Princess will likely be broadcast on BBC One, at 8.30pm on Tuesday after which on BBC iPlayer.