I've been catching up on Sheikha Latifa's escape/capture and Princess Haya's situation. Thank you to everyone's posts as I don't follow UAE or Jordan's royalty.
I also doubt Sheikha Latifa and Sheikha Shamsa escaped with Princess Haya. The sisters are probably under heavy surveillance and separated. Princess Haya's priority was getting herself and her children out. Traveling with or arranging a separate escape for Latifa and Shamsa is too risky.
From Latifa's video, Shamsa has full-time nurses and frequent visits from a psychiatrist. Plus, all the palace staff and security to bypass. Latifa's probably also under "medical" care, if not in prison.
Besides the other rumors, I wonder if Princess Haya was blamed for the Mary Robinson debacle. As Sheikh Mohammed's public wife and with a more "Western" persona, maybe he or his advisors thought she could smooth things over and since that backfired, someone (Haya) has to take the blame. I don't think he'd ever blame himself.
Timestamps and summaries for Sheikha Latifa's video for anyone who doesn't have time to watch the full video. I watched it twice. Very disturbing.
Introduction, mother is Houria bint Ahmed Al M'aash from Algeria, clarifies there are 3 Latifas, she's the middle Latifa, has 30 siblings, etc.
Sister Shamsa's escape in 2000, Shamsa's communication with Latifa and friend Layla. Layla's phone was bugged but it seems Shamsa eventually became lonely and called anyway.
Shamsa's capture, drugged and returned to Dubai, imprisonment in a building called the "tent" at Zabeel Palace, stepmom Sheikha Hind's property
Latifa and her adoptive sister Muna (?) could send Shamsa items like clothing. They snuck in a telephone and Shamsa contacted a UK journalist. Guardian article was published in 2001. Muna was interrogated and tortured. Sheikha Maitha questioned Latifa about Shamsa, acting as interrogator.
Latifa sends a note to adoptive sister Fatima about Muna being taken. Fatima's locked in a cabin on Houria's property because she's naughty/rebellious. Fatima went crazy at the news, tried to escape and became violent. She was subdued and also questioned about Shamsa.
Latifa describes her 1st escape attempt at 16 in 2002. Was naive and easily caught at border of Oman, describes restricted life.
Return to Dubai, prison, beatings
After Latifa's uncle died, her father killed one of his wives (a Moroccan woman because she was too mouthy)
Latifa was imprisoned for 3 years and 4 months (June 2002 - October 2005) with a week at her mom's house in 2003
Begins talking about week at home in 2003. Mom Houria wasn't sympathetic. Talks about imprisonment: solitary confinement, noise torture, beatings, couldn’t walk, dirty conditions
Back to week at home in 2003. Shock and surreal experience and PTSD. Mom said "You think your prison experience was bad? There are others that are so much worse." No compassion from sister Maitha. Latifa believes mom and sister could have helped or visited her if they wanted to but they didn't.
Only stayed at home for a week because she had a breakdown, screaming to see Shamsa. Subdued, tranquilized and sent to hospital for a week.
Return to prison
Post-prison. Didn't trust anyone, spent time with animals. Took years to recover.
Events in summer 2017 triggered another escape decision. Latifa lost a friend and realized she couldn't wait anymore for Shamsa "to get better" or help Shamsa by staying in Dubai.
Describes education and activities. Has copies of passport and documents, not real items. More about restrictions, curfew, father's informants.
Describes childhood. When Latifa was 6 months old, a paternal aunt wanted Latifia so she was given to the aunt. For 10 years, Latifa believed her aunt was her mother and visited her real mother maybe once a year. Later, her brother Majid was given to the same aunt at 3 months old although that was more "voluntary"
Predicting Shamsa could be used to discredit Latifa. Talks about Shamsa's controlled life and how it became worse after she was discovered with mobile phones in summer 2017. Mother Houria and sister Maitha worried Shamsa may have contacted journalists again. Shamsa has more time with a psychiatrist and full-time nurses now, monitoring every move.
Father has a son in Lebanon he rarely sees. Decries fake "family man" image and cruelty/crimes