Princess, 11, was lined up for forced marriage to Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, court heard
A princess aged 11 was being lined up for a forced marriage to the notorious Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Salman, the court heard.
Known as MBS in the desert kingdom, Bin Salman allegedly ordered the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. And in January of this year, he was accused of hacking the phone of the world’s richest man, Amazon owner Jeff Bezos.
Princess Jalila’s’s father Sheikh Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, allegedly discussed arrangements to force her into an arranged marriage with Bin Salman in February 2019, according to her mother Princess Haya, who said it was a key reason she fled to the UK with both of her children...
Sheikh Maktoum strenuously denied the claims. His QC, Alex Verdan, told the court: ‘None of his children have forced marriages or were betrothed at this age. There has never been such a plan, a person to whom Jalila is betrothed.
‘There have been no forced marriages. That is not what this father does with his daughters – there are about 13 of them – at this age.’