Princess Haya, the sixth wife of the 71-year-old ruler of Dubai and the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, had a secret affair for two years with her British bodyguard Russell Flowers, who is nine years her junior. How the publication found out Daily mailThe 46-year-old princess paid him nearly $ 2 million – in exchange for silence about their relationship. And besides, she gave him many expensive gifts – including luxurious rings, a wristwatch and a vintage gun worth 66 thousand dollars.
The princess also paid three more guards two million dollars each, promising not to divulge her secret.
An affair with the wife of the billionaire sheikh led to the collapse of the marriage of Flowers himself, when at the end of 2016 his wife found out about the betrayal. She saw pictures of the princess in a swimsuit that she was sending to Russell. Russell soon abandoned his inconsolable wife after four years of marriage, announcing that he had fallen out of love with her.
Details about the princess’s romance surfaced during her trial with her husband.
Khaya, daughter of the late King of Jordan Hussein and half-sister of the current King of Jordan Abdullah II, married Sheikh Mohammed in April 2004. In the summer of 2019, it became known that Princess Haya, fearing for her life, fled from her husband to London with her two children – after Mohammed ibn Rashid Al Maktoum suspected her of being close to a guard.
Between the sheikh and the princess (with whom he had already divorced in absentia), a legal battle broke out for custody of the children. As a result, the High Court of London sided with the princess, issuing protective orders to her 12-year-old daughter Jalilah and seven-year-old son Zayed in March this year, which will protect them from forced marriage and export for this abroad. Khaya claimed that Sheikh Mohammed tried to negotiate the marriage of their young daughter with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohamed Salman, who is 23 years older than her. The mother feared a possible abduction of the child.