What happened when Princess Latifa was captured? Find out in The Secret of the Missing Princess

The world thought Princess Latifa lived a life of privilege… how wrong they were. This dramatic Princess Latifa documentary is the 2021 update to The Mystery of the Missing Princess.

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It reads like a dramatic work of fiction. In 2018, Princess Latifa, the daughter of Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, fled to India by boat, hoping to eventually seek asylum in the United States in order to start a new life.

After she was dramatically caught, the emirate maintained that she had been returned back in the loving care of her family. But Latifa claims that she was intercepted by commandos, tranquillised – and silenced. A video emerged, which Latifah had wanted to be released if her escape failed, in which the princess told of being held hostage in solitary confinement.

Whilst the world assumed that she had been living a charmed life full of privilege and luxury, this remarkable film pieces together the reality of Latifa’s existence, detailing a litany of repression and abuse far removed from myth of the fairy tale princess.

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