On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, Princess Haya, the estranged wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was represented in London courts in the next leg of the couple’s custody battle over their two children. While it’s been unclear since news broke that Haya fled the United Arab Emirates for Europe what the impetus for leaving was, we may some insight via her application for a forced marriage protection order for one of her children.
You may have missed this news last week, but Princess Haya bint Hussein has left her husband, Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, by fleeing the UAE and seeking asylum in Europe. It’s unclear when exactly she left the country, but news coverage took off this past Friday when the UK courts were petitioned to hear the case.
As of right now, Haya and her two children are reportedly living in London, while Germany, which she initially petitioned for asylum, has approved her application in principle.
Today the Duke of Cambridge made history when he became the first member of the British Royal Family to make an official visit to Israel. But before he did that, he carried out a full day of engagements in Jordan, following up on Day One of his Middle Eastern tour.
The Duke of Cambridge officially kicked off his Middle Eastern visit today when he touched down in Amman, Jordan. Over the next four days, William will tour Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, marking the first time a member of the British Royal Family has formally visited the latter two. It’s a historic trip, and it’s notable that the representative sent on behalf of the Queen is her grandson and not, say, the Prince of Wales as might be expected.
Oookay, we’re going to keep this short and sweet, but I wanted to quickly cover off on two recent announcements…well, they’re really more updates. The first is that details on the itinerary for the Duke of Cambridge’s upcoming visit to the Middle East have been disclosed, while the second is that we finally have a formal announcement of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first tour.
In the future, I would really love it if the House of Windsor didn’t release a bunch of new information after I’ve already scheduled a weekly roundup. But instead of posting updates yesterday I just decided to pull together a separate post for everything that hit Thursday evening and Friday morning. Continue reading “Royal Roundup: William’s Middle Eastern Tour Set, Meghan’s Coat of Arms & George on a Pony”
A lot of news has cropped up in the last 24 hours, so we’re going to do a quick royal roundup to capture the greatest hits!
This morning Kensington Palace released an update on the May wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with further details on the guests and logistics. It read:
Well, that’s a weird title, but I think it hits the highlights. Where to begin with the last few days? Let’s start outside the UK where the Danish Royal Family has been dominating headlines. Denmark’s monarch, Queen Margrethe II has reigned for 45 years, is enormously popular and is supported by her two sons and plethora of grandchildren. That support does not, apparently, extend to her husband, Prince Henrik, a Frenchman to whom she has been married since 1967.
Henrik boldly stated that he had no desire to be buried alongside his wife at Roskilde, the traditional resting place for Danish monarchs and their spouses, because he had never been granted the title of “king.” His argument is that his prevention from receiving the title is 1) his wife’s fault and 2) sexist, because female consorts are given the title “queen.”