Princess Haya is a name that is currently harming the reputation of Sheikh Rashid Bin Al Maktoum really bad. Known as the sixth wife of the Emir of Dubai, the couple is fighting a legal battle of billion-dollar divorce and for the custody of their children afterward in London. Yes, you read that right – the case is actually being heard in the High Courts of the United Kingdom and Princess Haya is trying her best to grab all the support of the British Royal family for the cause.
Now, as a matter of fact, we all definitely know that the British monarch has always been close friends with the United Arab Emirates, considering the fact that both countries hold billion-dollar investments of each other, there is one more person in between them that seems to be in the Queens’ favorites list – Princess Haya.
For a background check, Princess Haya is the half-sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan and right after her marriage with his highness Sheikh Rashid Bin Al Maktoum, the protagonist Princess started earning a good reputation for herself in the international circle of Royal families.
The story of the Queen’s first interaction with Princess Haya all began due to their undying love for racehorses. Both of them are celebrated equestrians and hence their first meeting happened at the Royal Windsor Horse Show with the Queen where Sheikh Rashid and Princess Haya were invited as a couple back in 2009.
Previously, the princess rode for Jordan in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and was also a two-time president of the international governing body of equestrian sports (FEI). The horses that she owns (which originally belonged to her father) compete with the name of HRH Princess Haya of Jordan and have never been a part of Sheikh Muhammad’s Godolphin Racing Stable.
Princess Haya has also expressed her passion for racehorses on her official website by sharing an interesting story:
“My horses were originally part of my late father’s private stables of riding horses, and when I began to compete internationally in 1994 he created ‘Team Harmony’, a string of International Jumping Horses – mainly Holsteins, some Dutch Warmbloods, and two Thoroughbreds – for me to compete within Europe.”
“Since the sad passing away of my father, the original horses are now personally owned, and the newer ones I have registered in the names of family members and people I love so I can share my sport with them.”
On the other hand, Queen has always looked the happiest while being photographed around horses and how she always blocks out five days for Royal Ascot every year. Her majesty even used to attend Trooping the Colour celebrations on horseback until 1986.
That being said, their mutual love has brought them together on so many horse competitions, along with Sheikh Rashid Bin Al Maktoum that Princess Haya left no chance to please the Queen (well, who knows maybe for this day).
She has been a constant admirer of her majesty and her association with the Queen is the reason why Princess Haya also chose London as a safe place for her. Moreover, she has also been pretty vocal about admiring the Queen, especially in one of her most recent Instagram posts with a message that Her Majesty is “a force for hope” and “the personification of goodness”
The whole caption read:
“Today we celebrate a woman who is, without a doubt, one of the greatest Queens that has ever lived.”
“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the world’s longest-reigning monarch, but it is not the duration of her reign that sets Her Majesty far ahead and apart from others, it is the fact that Her Majesty has reigned through times of both incredible change and turbulence, never failing to meet every challenge and adversity with unwavering energy and complete selflessness.”
“She has used her power as a force for hope and in doing so she has been an inspirational monarch.”
“She is in herself the personification of goodness, faith, and values in our world.”
“Her Majesty’s incredible achievements and true commitment to the people of the UK, Commonwealth and the world, who she has served with absolute grace and dignity, will be celebrated today, and I join, with my family, many millions of others in wishing HM Queen Elizabeth II, a very happy and joyful birthday.”
Princess Haya’s flattering attitude with the princess seem to be cashing pretty well as it also helped her hire Fiona Shackleton, who helped Prince Charles in her divorce with Princess Diana and how the authorities in the United Kingdom are also taking great care of Princess Haya (along with strict protection) all upon the orders of the High Court and British Royal Family.
Will there be something more fishy to the story? Only time will tell.