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24 March 2022

Final Welfare Judgment in the case of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein published by the High Court, together with the Court’s Judgment determining the issue of publication.

Payne Hicks Beach continue to represent Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, as it has done throughout the course of this litigation that has now produced 17 published judgments (in the Family Division of the High Court and Court of Appeal).   The proceedings started on 14 May 2019 when the father commenced proceedings in England and Wales under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court seeking orders for the children to be returned to the Emirate of Dubai.

The judgment concerning the Court’s final decision about the welfare of the children, Sheikha Al Jalila bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is available here.  The judgment on the issue of publication of the final welfare judgment is available here.  All 17 judgments are listed and available here.

HRH Princess Haya’s official statement is available here.  She has asked us to request that, following the conclusion of this litigation, she and the children may be afforded a period of space and privacy.  She respectfully declines any request for further comment.