Dubai princess Sheikha Latifa (33), said to be the daughter of Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Saeed Al Maktoum, who had fled the country with her US-based French friend. has now reportedly gone missing off the coast of Goa after posting a chilling YouTube video in which she says – “this could be my last video”.
Latifa, who is said to have vanished alongside US-based French spy Herve Jaubert, directed her US-based lawyer Radha Stirling to circulate her video in the event of her death or disappearance.
Delivering a disturbing account of her life as a member of Dubai’s royal family, Latifa says: “I am making this video because this could be the last video I make.
“Pretty soon I’m going to be leaving somehow I’m not sure of the outcome, but I’m 99 per cent positive this could work.”
Latifa reportedly sent her last WhatsApp message to Stirling on Sunday March 4 from a US-registered boat at least 50 miles from India’s coastline, NDTV reported.
She told Stirling: “Radha, please help me, there are men outside,” before claiming to hear few gunshots.
Stirling asked the princess to record the gunshots, but she did not reply.
According to NDTV, India too was aware of the case.
Stirling said Latifa first got in touch with her firm ”Detained” in Dubai on February 26, claiming she escaped Dubai where she was tortured for helping her sibling who also ran away.
Latifa said that her older sister also fled because she was “not allowed to make choices for her future”.
She said her sister was denied choices which some people would take for granted, like driving a car or returning home at a certain time.
In the video, she speaks about moving to the US, “Pretty soon I am going to be leaving somehow. I am not sure of the outcome but I am 99 percent sure it will work. This video will save my life. I am looking forward to waking up and thinking I have the freedom to do anything I want to.”
The plea for help began over two weeks ago when “Detained” in Dubai received an email from Latifa.
In her desperate message she says: ‘Please help. Please please there are men outside. I don’t know what is happening.’
Since the last message on Sunday the group has not received any communication from her.
Radha Stirling, founder of “Detained” in Dubai, said she was now gravely concerned for the safety of the princess.
Her reported father, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Saeed Al Maktoum, succeeded his brother in 2006 to become the ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.
(Inputs from NDTV and Dailymail)