Dubai’s royal family has responded to allegations made by Princess Latifa in secret recordings that she has been held hostage against her will since 2018 when she tried to flee the country.
In the secretly recorded videos released this week, the princess, who is daughter to Dubai ruler, Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, said she feared for her life and she was told by police officers she wouldn’t ‘see the sun again.’
The footage prompted global calls for a UN investigation.
The UN human rights agency then asked the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to provide proof that the princess is still alive.
The royal family through the UAE embassy has now released a statement but there was no video or photo released with the family’s statement which could serve as proof of life, nor did the embassy give any details about her condition.
“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,” the family said in a response which came via the UAE embassy in London.
“Her family has confirmed that Her Highness is being cared for at home, supported by her family and medical professionals.”
“She continues to improve and we are hopeful she will return to public life at the appropriate time.”
Princess Latifa’s father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is one of the richest heads of state in the world, the ruler of Dubai and vice-president of the UAE.
With the help of friends, Princess Latifa tried to flee Dubai to start a new life in February 2018.
“I’m not allowed to drive, I’m not allowed to travel or leave Dubai at all,” she said in a video recorded just before her escape.
But days later, the princess was captured by commandos on a boat in the Indian Ocean. She was flown back to Dubai, where she has remained ever since.
Her father in response said he was acting in her best interest.