The Sunday Times published a report entitled “Gulf states’ ruling families spill their dirty secrets in London,” referring to the son of the ruler of Sharjah, Khalid al-Qasimi, and Princess Haya, wife of Dubai ruler Mohammed bin Rashid.
The author of the report, “Tony Allen-Mills,” highlights Prince “Al-Qasimi”, who was found a dead body in his home in London recently, as quoted by the BBC.
“To his friends in London he was known simply as Khalid, a hard-working, hard-partying fashion designer with an £8m penthouse overlooking Hyde Park,” he writer says, while to his family he is known as Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi.
The report points out to “The extraordinary double life” of Prince Khalid, who was found dead in his home in Knightsbridge on Monday.
“It proved, however, to be merely the prelude to a terrible week for the billionaire rulers of the United Arab Emirates, who appear increasingly torn between traditional lifestyles and the seductions of the West,” the writer says.
“They come to London to do stuff they can’t do at home,” the writer quoted a counsellor saying.
The writer says that the police are still waiting for the results of the autopsy of the body of the Prince, and there are no reports confirming the presence of drugs in his house, adding that Prince Khalid’s brother died after taking heroin overdose in Sari in 1999, at the age of 24.
He explains that Khalid has launched his brand “Al Qasimi” in the British capital, and has always been a regular contender.
Prince Khalid was born in Sharjah but educated in Kent. He studied fashion design at the Central Saint Martins College in London. He was knew with his traditional costume in Sharjah but did not mention his full life concerts in London.
The British newspaper reports the public battle between Dubai ruler Mohammed bin Rashid, 69, and his wife Princess Haya, 45, who is close to the British queen and now lives in her £ 85 million home in Kingston.
According to sources close to the family, there are deep disputes between Princess Haya and the first wife of the ruler of Dubai, Sheikha Hind, who gave birth to him at least 12 children.
The Guardian newspaper reported on Saturday that Princess Haya had hired a private security company to guard her house, fearing that she might be kidnapped.
This came after Princess Haya fled the UAE to Germany first before settling in London, where her presence is expected to trigger a diplomatic crisis between the UAE and Britain, according to the British newspaper.
The wife of the ruler of Dubai fled the UAE after finding out how she treated the daughter of Mohammed bin Rashid, who had already fled the country, before being returned by Indian commandos from her yacht off the coast of India.