Dubai royals say Princess Latifa is 'safe at home' after claims she's a prisoner
Dubai’s royal family have said Princess Latifa is ‘being cared for at home’, after footage emerged of her claiming she’s being held hostage.
Leaders around the world have expressed concerns for the welfare of Princess Latifa al-Maktoum and the UN have asked for proof she is still alive.
In a statement today, the family said: ‘She continues to improve and we are hopeful she will return to public life at the appropriate time.’
However no new photographs or videos which could prove the princess is still alive have been released.
The UAE’s embassy in London issued a statement, saying: ‘In response to media reports regarding Sheikha Latifa, we want to thank those who have expressed concern for her wellbeing, despite the coverage which certainly is not reflective of the actual position.
‘Her family has confirmed that Her Highness is being cared for at home, supported by her family and medical professionals.’
Princess Latifa, 35, has been sending secret videos to friends accusing her father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, of holding her hostage.
The daughter of Dubai’s billionaire ruler says she took the footage in ‘solitary confinement’ from the bathroom of a villa ‘with barred windows and police guards’.
She claims she was abducted from a yacht during an attempt to flee Dubai in 2018, before being beaten, drugged and thrown in a villa that has been converted into a jail.
The messages were filmed over a number of months on a phone the princess was secretly given roughly a year after her alleged capture.
Her friends said the videos have now stopped, prompting calls for the UN to launch an investigation.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab described the footage as ‘deeply troubling’ and said on Wednesday that he wants to see proof that she is ‘alive and well’.
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