New details of the forcible return of Dubai’s “missing” princess reveal the moment the royal daughter knew her escape had failed – the sound of boots. Princess Latifa is the daughter of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum. She attempted to flee in 2018. Until video messages emerged this week , she had not been heard from publicly since her failed escape. In previously unseen video messages released by Sky News, Princess Latifa said: “I can hear heavy boots, um, and people screaming and gunshots. And none of the crew wore boots. So I knew that somebody had boarded and the gunshots sounded very close.” She attempted to escape her family three years ago by trying to sail across the Indian Ocean – but was brought back to Dubai in what the royal family say was a rescue mission after she was tricked by criminals seeking money. Advertisement The sheikh, a powerful and influential man regularly seen alongside heads of state such as the Queen, has previously said she is safe and well. The family say they wish to maintain her privacy. Brought back to Dubai, Sheikha Latifa was held in a jail cell and then a royal villa – one with bars… Read full this story
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