Ban Dubai's ruler from Queen's funeral says daughter's best friend

Best friend of Sheikh Maktoum’s daughter Princess Latifa – who fled desert kingdom only to be forcibly returned – says Dubai ruler should NOT be invited to Queen’s funeral and Saudi leader Mohammad Bin Salman should also be snubbed

  • Dubai ruler Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum allegedly abducted his daughter
  • Princess Latifa tried to escape her father, a close friend of the Queen’s, in 2018
  • Unseen since 2021, friend Tiina Jauhiainen said he should be invited to funeral
  • She also said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman should be snubbed
  • Full coverage: Click here to see all our coverage of the Queen’s passing

Dubai’s ruler should be not be invited to Queen’s funeral the best friend of his daughter, who tried to flee the country and was forcibly returned, has said.

Princess Latifa was allegedly abducted by her father Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, a close horse-racing friend of Her Majesty’s, when she tried to escape him and Dubai in 2018.

Her best friend Tiina Jauhiainen told MailOnline today that the ruler of Dubai must be snubbed by Buckingham Palace and the British Government along with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud.

Ms Jauhiainen told MailOnline: ‘I don’t think a person with his reputation should be invited to the Queen’s funeral.

‘I hope we are not going to be seeing MBS [what the Crown Prince is colloquially known as] either.’

The best friend of Dubai’s Princess Latifa (left), Tiina Jauhiainen (right) has said the the princess’ father and leader of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, should not be invited to the Queen’s funeral

‘I don’t think a person with his reputation should be invited to the Queen’s funeral,’ Ms Jauhiainen told MailOnline

Disturbing footage last year emerged of the 35-year-old royal in which she said she was being kept in solitary confinement inside a ‘villa-jail’ and feared for her life

Princess Latifa had twice asked her friend Ms Jauhiainen to assist with her escape from Dubai.

But the princess was found with Tiina aboard the yacht Nostromo off the coast of Goa, India, in March 2018 and was taken back to the United Arab Emirates.

In 2021 she was seen alive for the first time in public since she claimed she was being held hostage by her father. 

Ms Jauhiainen is now safely living in the UK – and in February last year she made a personal plea to the Queen to intervene when her missing friend.

In an open letter in The Mail on Sunday, Tiina Jauhiainen pleaded with the Queen to use ‘whatever influence’ she has with her long-term horse-racing friend, Princess Latifa’s father Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

A week prior to her plea disturbing footage emerged of the 35-year-old royal in which she said she was being kept in solitary confinement inside a ‘villa-jail’ and feared for her life.

The videos, released by Ms Jauhiainen and human rights lawyer David Haigh, are believed to have been made in 2019.

The billionaire ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (right) has yet to confirm if he will attend the Queen’s funeral on Monday. Pictured: The Queen attends an unveiling of a design for the Shiekh Zayed National Museum accompanied By Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum during a state visit to Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Mohammed was slammed by a High Court ruling recently

The Duke of Cambridge with Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai during his visit to the UK Pavilion at Expo2020 in Dubai, as part of his tour of the United Arab Emirates in February this year

Ms Jauhiainen has said she hoped Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman would not attend the funeral too. Pictured: Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the G20 Leaders’ Summit for Saudi Arabia

The billionaire ruler of Dubai has yet to confirm if he will attend the funeral on Monday.

Before her death, Her Majesty was under pressure to ditch him after the High Court found he was responsible for illegal UK phone hacking.

A senior judge concluded that Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the horse race-loving friend of the Royal Family and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, committed a ‘total abuse of trust and indeed an abuse of power’.

He previously orchestrated the armed kidnap of his runaway daughter Princess Shamsa from Cambridgeshire in 2000, persuading Tony Blair’s government to hush it up, the High Court heard. He also allegedly abducted her sister Princess Latifa when she too tried to flee.

But with the limit on numbers, it could be he is not asked because he is not technically a head of state – Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is leader of the United Arab Emirates and Sheikh Mohammed is his deputy.

The octogenarian King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud will have received an invite to the Queen’s funeral but is highly unlikely to attend due to his age and health.

His son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, the nation’s de facto leader who mixed with world leaders at the G20, could head to Britain in his place – a decision that would likely spark protests.

MBS is accused of ordering the murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey. He vehemently denies the claims and said recently that that the journalist would not be among his top 1,000 targets to kill, ‘if that was how we did things’.

But US intelligence agencies concluded in a declassified intelligence report that the Saudi crown prince had approved the 2018 murder.

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