The estranged sixth wife of Sheik Mohammed al-Maktoum is being supported in her secret London hideaway by her Jordanian prince brother, it was revealed today.
Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, 45, is battling Dubai's billionaire ruler in the High Court to secure a forced marriage protection order for their two children - and stop them leaving Britain.
And today she was supported by her younger brother Prince Ali bin Hussein, 43, who hugged her as she wore a fleece with the Jordanian flag on her sleeve in a picture he shared on Twitter from her bolthole.
Princess Haya claims to have fled Dubai with her two children to hide in the UK 'in fear of her life' after becoming estranged from Sheik Mohammed.
Haya and Prince Ali are the children of King Hussein, who was succeeded on the throne in Amman by Abdullah II in 1999.
King Abdullah has visited Sheik Mohammed's UAE twice in the past month - including one Abu Dhabi trip on the eve of the first hearing - in what diplomatic sources said were attempts to maintain good relations with the Gulf state in the wake of the court case.
And sources close to Princess Haya said her decision to fight her legal battle in London was meant partly to spare King Abdullah's blushes.
Jordan's Prince Ali Al Hussein, 43, hugs his sister Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, 45, at her London home after the second day of her legal battle with Dubai ruler Sheik Mohammed al-Maktoum in a picture posted on Twitter
Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein, pictured at the High Court today, has applied for wardship of her children and a forced marriage protection order to prevent them from being taken abroad by her husband
Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, the estranged wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (pictured together in 2017) is seeking a protection order in Britain
Princess Haya, 45, attended the second day of a preliminary hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in London yesterday where it was decided the full hearing will be held on November 11.
The president of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, allowed the media to report that Princess Haya has applied for wardship of their children, as well as for a non-molestation order.
Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has demanded the 'summary return' of his children to the United Arab Emirates, a country with strong links with Haya's home country.
While Jordan's official media made no mention of the case today, Haya's countrymen took to social media to express solidarity with Princess Haya.
Princess Haya wed the 70-year-old sheik, who is also vice-president of the UAE, in 2004 in what was believed to be his sixth marriage. He has more than 20 children by different wives.
Haya is the daughter of Jordan's late Queen Alia, a popular figure with Palestinian roots who died in a helicopter crash in 1977.
The princess, who competed in equestrian events in the 2000 Olympics, and her brother Prince Ali are seen by many Jordanians as charismatic members of the Hashemite royal family.
Jordan and the UAE, both US allies, are eager to show the case will have no bearing on their relations, analysts said.
In a move seen as aimed at stressing their close ties, King Abdullah visited the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, just a few days before the London court hearing and was received by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nayhan.
State-owned Jordanian papers and television gave extensive coverage to the visit, showing the king walking the red carpet and being received by a guard of honour. It was King Abdullah's second visit to the UAE in a month.
Wednesday's hearing comes as Sheik Mohammed, one of the world's richest men, shared a poem in Arabic called 'the swords of the sufferer' which describes overcoming life's challenges.
The Princess, pictured with lawyer Baroness Fiona Shackleton arriving at court, is in the early stages of a divorce with her husband that could be worth £4.5billion
As his wife battled the Sheik in the High Court, he posted a poem on Instagram describing battling 'swords' and overcoming 'difficult' challenges
Forced marriage is defined as when a person faces physical or emotional and psychological pressure to marry someone.
This can range from threats of violence to being told you are 'shaming your family' by opposing a union.
It was made a specific offence in England and Wales in 2014 and the law extends to prohibit victims being taken abroad to marry.
Those who lack the mental capacity to agree to marriage are also protected.
If authorities believe a person may be at risk of forced marriage they can issue protection orders that carry a maximum sentence of five years if violated.
An offender who forces someone to marry against their will can be jailed for up to seven years.
Forced marriage protection orders contain legally binding conditions that govern a person's behaviour to stop them forcing someone into marriage.
They can be granted in an emergency to give immediate protection, which prohibits that person being involved in a wedding.
The short post, which appears to contain Islamic scripture, says: 'Glory to his family. He has to return the vengeance.. and solve the most difficult things'.
The billionaire's Instagram post came weeks after he posted a poem saying: 'You cheated the most precious thing' and 'I gave you trust and space...the biggest mistake you did was to lie'.
It is not known if Sheik Mohammed wrote the poems himself but many claimed his June Instagram post was slamming his wife because it also contained the words 'betrayal'.
Princess Haya – his sixth wife – has been seen for the first time in months at London's Royal Courts of Justice.
Wearing an ivory dress, diamond-studded earrings and clutching a designer handbag, she was joined by Baroness Shackleton, the specialist divorce lawyer dubbed the 'Steel Magnolia' who handled Prince Charles's split from Princess Diana and the Paul McCartney-Heather Mills divorce.
The family court heard that Princess Haya has applied under UK law for a 'forced marriage protection order' for one of her children.
This is designed to protect someone who may be at risk of 'being threatened with a forced marriage', to stop them being taken out of the UK, according to the Government's website.
The Oxford-educated princess has also asked for a 'non-molestation order', designed to help victims of domestic violence.
Pictured: the Oxford-educated princess, 45, leaving court yesterday with her lawyer Fiona Shackleton
Princess Haya was swept into the RCJ in a chauffeur-driven Mercedes and surrounded by security
Reporters who were based outside of England and Wales were prevented from attending the hearing (Princess Haya pictured arriving yesterday)
Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum and estranged wife Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein, pictured together at