British court orders Dubai ruler to pay his ex-wife $730 million for divorce settlements

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LONDON — A British court has ordered the ruler of Dubai to pay his ex-wife and their children around $730 million for divorce settlements, one of the most expensive divorce in British history.

According to ABC news, the High Court judge said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum must pay 251.5 million pounds to his U.K.-based sixth wife, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, and make ongoing payments for their children Jalila, 14, and Zayed, 9, underpinned by a bank guarantee of 290 million pounds. Besides a yearly payment of 11 million pounds to cover security costs for Princess Haya and the children while they are minors.

Haya, 47, fled to the U.K. in 2019 and sought custody of her two children through the British courts.

The princess, who is the daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan, said she was “terrified” of her husband, who is alleged to have ordered the forced return to the Gulf emirate of two of his daughters.

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