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Horses, Haute-Couture and Trampolines: Inside a Royal Divorce

  • Separation award sheds life on extravagant lifestyle
  • Highest-ever sum awarded in U.K. family court history
Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein
Princess Haya Bint al-HusseinSource: Getty Images Europe

London’s family courts frequently play host to the most acrimonious and costly disputes between estranged couples. But none have been as revealing or expensive as that between Dubai’s ruler and his former wife, Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein.

From revelations of blackmail, intimidation and hacking to extravagant spending on horses, homes and sunken trampolines, much of the details of the case had remained private. Now a judge’s ruling on the 554 million-pound ($734 million) financial award between the two and their children -- the highest in U.K. family court history -- has exposed a family dispute like no other.