It is all a bit menacing.
Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein is one of the wives of the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum - his sixth one.
She is Jordanian and the half sister of Jordan's King Abdullah. The Jordanian Royal Family has close ties with the UK Royal family. She is English educated and close to the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and blah blah blah.
Anyway, she has disappeared, and is said to be in hiding in the UK. She did not appear at Ascot with Sheikh Al Maktoum two weeks ago. It is said that she has fled her husband. He is tweeting/instagramming weird poetry about how she must choose to live or die, and has chosen to die, accusing her of betrayal. She sought asylum in Germany earlier this year but was not successful so is now said to be in a house in Kensington Palace Gardens.
Her disappearance is said to be a reaction to what happened to Sheikha Latifa, one of Sheikh Mohammed's daughters. She fled Dubai by sea last year in a yacht but was intercepted by a special forces boat from Dubai and forcibly returned to Dubai.
When she was returned, a number of people spoke up on behalf of the Dubai ruling family to condemn the attempted "kidnap" of Sheikha Latifa. One of them was Princess Haya herself. Another was, peculiarly. Mary Robinson (former Irish President). The spin was that Sheikha Latifa had been exploited and was now safe but others said the kidnap was BY the Dubai authorities as she was forcibly abducted from the yacht against her will while trying to escape.
Princess Haya is said to have found out facts about those circumstances and challenged the Sheikh, incurring retribution from him, including threats, and pressure from his extended family and Government. Fearing for her own life she has done a runner but is concerned she will be kidnapped and subjected to "rendition".
The issue is horrible, but it also has major ramifications for regional politics and the relationship the UK has with the region. Our traditional sympathies and Royal connections have been with the Jordanian family but our economic ties are with the Dubai administration.
It is said that she will be making an application to the High Court any moment now. I wonder what for.