6 Asian Princesses Who Are Doing Good Things To The Society
Writer: Farah Karim
Meghan Markle’s journey to the Buckingham Palace is a dream come true for many little girls. Aside from the glitz and glamour that comes with being a princess, the lady herself is a well-accomplished woman. Cast in hit TV series Suits with a degree in theater and international studies at Northwestern University, Meghan is also an advocate for gender equality along with issues concerning women.
It’s clear why people from all over in the world (including us, of course) idolizes her!
However, there are tons of princesses from the Asian world too that you can admire, including from our very own homeland. Below is the list of all our favourite Asian princesses.
1. Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan Tengku Abdullah, Malaysia
Source: Iman Afzan’s Instagram
Yang Mulia Tengku Iman Afzan is the daughter of Tengku Mahkota of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan. Scrolling down her Instagram, Pahang Princess, Tengku Iman’s feed is filled with images of her and her family. From photos of her sister’s wedding to her grandfather’s birthday, it’s clear that she loves her family and has a fond affection for them.
Besides that, not only is she a family-oriented princess, but she also advocates for charities such as HKL Kids, Rumah Al-Ikhlas and Rumah Budaya Harapan. This year, the princess, along with Zielo Events and Damansara City Mall have hosted “Sebalang Kasih” charity programme for the children of Pusat Jagaan Budaya Harapan in conjuction with Ramadan and Hari Raya. Truly, she isn’t just a princess by name but also at heart.
2. Tunku Tun Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, Malaysia
Source: The Royal Johor Instagram
The Johor Royal family is often in the spotlight due to their strong voice for social along with political issues throughout the country, and this stunning Johorian Princess is no different.
In 2017, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar’s only daughter, Tunku Tun Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah’s wedding to Dennis Muhammad Abdullah didn’t only make the headlines for their beautiful wedding but also because of her simple yet elegant wedding outfit.
It was revealed that the ‘baju kurung teluk belanga’ that she wore during the “istiadat bersanding” (sitting in state) was woven by the female prison inmates from Penor Prison in Pahang. Her support for quality made products that support those in need has evidently captured the heart of Malaysians all over the country.
3. Sirivannavari Nariratana, Thailand
Not only did she win a gold medal from the 23rd South East Asian Games for badminton, but this super fashionable Thai Princess also showcased a collection in the 2007 Paris Fashion Week. The daughter of the current king of Thailand, King Vajiralongkorn, was invited by Pierre Balmain to debut her eponymous line Sirivannavari, which was inspired by one of the princess’s own love poems.
Besides that, she also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Chulalongkorn University and a Master of Design from France. She proved that a princess can be a beauty with both the brains and the brawn, breaking the typical princess stereotype and showcased that women are a force to be reckoned with. So inspiring!
4. Mako of Akishino, Japan
A person who shuns away from the spotlight, Princess Mako of Akishino often volunteers incognito (disguised as a student) in areas affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
She also followed in her mother’s footsteps in learning how to do sign language and takes an interest in the deaf community. This beauty with brains princess even has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Cultural Heritage and a Master’s in Museum Studies.
In 2017, Princess Mako chose to marry Kei Komuro, a commoner and fellow classmate from her university. As he is a commoner, she had to give up her imperial title, showing that love conquers all. Even without an official princess title, Mako of Akishino is still the princess of her people and someone to admire.
5. Sonam Dechan Wangchuk, Bhutan
Source: New York Times
Sonam Dechan Wangchuk may be the princess of a small country but her achievements are not in any way small. The daughter of the 4th King of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuck, Princess Sonam has prestigious degrees from both Stanford University and the Harvard Law School. She frequently gives speeches to magistrate and court officials on the importance of judicial ethics and integrity. Other than that, she’s also a board member of the Tarayan Foundation that focuses on the well-being and standard of living of the people in Bhutan.
That isn’t the only high position this high achieving princess worked for. Previously, she worked as a clerk for the Royal High Court of Bhutan and currently works at the Judiciary of the Kingdom of Bhutan as the President of the Bhutan National Legal Institute (BNLI).
6. Mriganka Kumari Singh, India
Mriganka Kumari Singh is a name that cannot be left out. This Indian princess of Jammu and Kashmir not only understands the privilege that she has as part of the royal family, but also tries to help others with what she has. In a recent interview, she talks about how her family legacy lead her to advocate for the underprivileged. And the significance of her family legacy can be seen by her involvement in a Delhi-based charity that was set-up by her grandmother for children.
At the Robb Report Limited Edition 2018 summit, she explained that she is often involved in offering vocational training to children through the charity. What’s more, she became the ambassador for the jewelry brand, DIACOLOR. A brand that focuses on luxurious fine jewelry that brings together artistry, cutting edge technology and rare gemstones that the world has to offer.