What’s Going On With Princess Haya?

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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.

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Royal Roundup: Henrik, Earl Spencer & the Succession

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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.”

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