Meghan Markle is not the first commoner to have found her way into the royal bedroom. There have been scores of commoners who have married into royalty and later made headlines.
- Jetsun Purma- Wife of the King of Bhutan, Jetsun Purma does not come from a royal background. But she isn’t a commoner in the normal sense. Jetsun’s mother belongs to one of the noble families of Bhutan and one of her ancestors was a half-brother of one of the Bhutanese Queens.
It is said that the Prince and Jetsun first met when they were 17 and 7 years young respectively. The Prince promised that upon becoming an adult, he would marry her. Tru to his word, the Prince married his heartthrob in 2011 and made her the Queen of Bhutan.
- Narendra Singh- Diya Kumari- When the only child of Maharaja Bhawani Singh of Jaipur married a commoner, there was a lot of furore among the chattering classes. After all, the Jaipur royal family had always been in the center of political action right from the times of Akbar, the Mughal Emperor. In the late 1970s, Gayatri Devi, the princess charming of Jaipur had taken the Congress prty head on during the Emergency.
Little is known about Narendra Singh, Diya Kumari’s husband.
- Annabella Parker- Bhagwat Singh- Now this is some really juicy stuff. When the Late Bhagwat Singh brought Ms. Parker, a British national, into his life, he hadn’t imagined that this would lead to a bitter family feud. Bhagwat Singh, the ex- Maharana of Udaipur was already married then and had fathered two children, Mahendra and Arvind by his Indian wife. For those who don’t know much about Udaipur, Bhagwat Singh was the 58th king of the Udaipur royal dynasty.
Bhagwat Singh found his mistress too attractive to be deprived of his family estate. Unfortunately, his sons and his wife did not agree that an outsider be also made a beneficiary of the vast property of the 1,400 year old kingdom. This dispute continues to this day.
- The affair of Pushparaj Singh of Rewa- At the time of Independence, India had more than 540 kings and princes lording over their kingdoms. One of the princely states was Rewa whose dynasty is at least 500 years old. Members of this dynasty consider themselves of the purest blood and normally do not marry outside their charmed circle.
It came as a surprise to many when a few years back, a prince from Rewa, Pushparaj Singh, married outside his circle and brought to home a daughter of a Punjabi busineesman. Naturally, many people from the nobility raised their eyebrows at this ‘act’ but now things have settled down. A few years back, Mohena Singh, Pushparaj Singh’s daughter, took part in a dance competition that was later aired on prime time TV.
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Not surprisingly, the righteous ones among the nobility threw a fit, again.