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Princess Haya’s website taken offline as trial over custody of her children is set to start

Princess Haya
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Update: The website is back online as of Tuesday, 12 November.

As the court hearings in London are set to begin over the custody of the two children between Princess Haya of Jordan, 45, and Rule of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, 70, today, Princess Haya’s website has been pulled offline.

The Princess’s official website, hosted in the UAE, does not load and shows only a white screen with various messages. It appears the website went down on Friday. It is not known if the website is permanently offline or if it will be live again at some point.

What viewers saw when they went to Princess Haya’s website on Saturday
What is now shown when you go to the Princess’s website

Princess Haya’s official Facebook page is still up but has not been updated since February. Her Instagram and Twitter accounts are also still up but have not been updated since 7 February when she posted about her late father, King Hussein.

Haya was recently appointed to the Jordanian Embassy in London by her older half-brother, King Abdullah, as 1st Secretary. It is not known if her website going down has anything to do with her new role at the embassy or if it is related to the court case that will begin later today.

Royal Central has reached out for comment but has not heard back.

Sheikh Mohammed, represented by Lady Helen Ward of Stewarts, opened the legal case against Haya in May; it is due to be heard in the Family Division of the High Court. CNN spoke to the Royal Courts of Justice who said, “The case was last heard on the 22 May 2019 before Mr Justice Moor, and the case is next listed before the President on the 30th July 2019.”

Princess Haya has Fiona Shackleton, who represented the Prince of Wales in his divorce from Diana, Princess of Wales, representing her.

At the end of July, Haya applied for a “forced marriage protection order” in England’s High Court. This protection order helps if someone is being forced into marriage or has already been forced into marriage. Princess Haya requested the order for one of her children.

She also applied for a “non-molestation order,” which is supposed to protect from harassment of threats. In addition, she applied for wardship, which means that the court makes any major decisions where children are concerned.

Princess Haya, the daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan and half-sister of King Abdullah, is one of the Sheikh’s several wives, and they married in 2004. In June, reports began circulating that Her Royal Highness had fled Dubai, first to Germany and then to the UK where she was supposedly in hiding, requesting asylum.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.