7 Young Royals Of Asia To Follow On Instagram
Harry who? From Johor to Thailand and even Brunei, meet the region’s savviest blue blood who are holding court on social media. Talented, photogenic and charming, these young royals are giving us a glimpse into their colourful lives, as they go about fulfilling duty - and doing it for the 'gram - when the occasion calls for it.
(This story was updated on April 28, 2020)
Brunei: Prince Abdul Mateen
In recent years, Prince Mateen and his heartthrob good looks has been quite the sensation on Instagram. The son of Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is hands-down the answer to Asia’s most eligible royal bachelor: Athletic, impeccably stylish, and an adoring family guy, to boot.
The competitive polo player is incredibly photogenic and isn’t shy to own it. He brings colour to even the most monochromatic filter.
Prince Mateen is also evidently a natural among animals and secret horse whisperer. A man riding his mare into the sea is sufficient evidence that he is the fabled Prince Charming, after all.
We hear that women have a thing for men in uniforms. Here’s one of the prince in military outfit, chiseled cheekbones, furrowed brow and all.
When princely duties call, Prince Mateen is not one to cave under pressure. There’s always time for a playful moment, so take care not to bat an eye, lest you miss that cheeky grin.
Follow him on Instagram: @tmski
Thailand: Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana
This exotic princess holds many titles, among them, founder and designer of her eponymous label Sirivannavari, supermodel, member of Thailand’s national horse riding team, and scuba diver.
The entrepreneurial lady is a little social media shy, preferring to be credited for her design work on Instagram, which she’s extremely hands-on with. Princess Sirivannavari spends a large chunk of her time at the workshop, even appearing at fittings herself. Talk about the people’s princess…
To the rest of the world, the Fine Arts graduate of Chulalongkorn University is somewhat of a fashion royalty. Her daring and vivid sense of style has landed her on numerous fashion week front rows and street style radars.
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She may be the only daughter of King Vajiralongkorn, but the self-made fashionista is not afraid to march to the beat of her drum, a true hallmark of modern day royalty.
Follow her on Instagram: @sirivannavari
Selangor: Tengku Amir Shah
A scroll through Tengku Amir’s Instagram, and you know this is one progressive young Malaysian royal. The son of Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah is hugely passionate about the environment, youth and education, which prompted him to pursue a Science degree in Ecology and Environmental Biology.
Tengku Amir takes his royal duties seriously, clocking in time at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Surrey. Since graduating, the Raja Muda of Selangor has lent his voice to campaigns and causes close to his heart.
The babyfaced royal has inherited his father’s sense of adventure. Off-duty sees Tengku Amir cycling, running and all things football.
Follow him on Instagram: @rmselangor
Pahang: Tengku Iman Afzan
The daughter of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah is somewhat under the radar but with her delicate beauty and supermodel figure, it’s only a matter of time before the world discovers her.
Until she returned to Malaysia to work in the corporate world, the doe-eyed darling has lived and studied in England, which she fondly calls ‘home’.
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Her wefies frequently feature family photos, and she’s unabashedly proud of the close-knit relationship with grandfather, Sultan Ahmad Shah, as well as her gorgeous siblings. Tengku Iman has quite the social life, too, and is probably the BFF you dream of having as part of #squadgoals. The princess gave birth to her first child, a baby boy, last year.
Follow her on Instagram: @imanabdullah
Johor: Tunku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ibrahim
Meet Johor’s equivalent to Brunei’s Prince Mateen, Tunku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ibrahim. Tall, dark and handsome, the 27-year-old prince is proving quite a highlight at royal appearances and a competitive sportsman.
Here he is in his natural element; suited, booted, and immaculately decorated.
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And just like that, he swung into many hearts. The adrenaline junkie is equally at home in the great outdoors, and loves nothing more than a good game of polo.
This Johor prince doesn’t just live life on the fast lane, he takes it to the skies, too. When he’s not racing on the field or riding his sportscars, he likes nothing more than ruling the open skies and giving his chartered pilot a break.
Follow him on Instagram: @tunku_abdul_rahman
India: Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh
Polo player, fashion icon, jet-setter and millionaire: Jaipur’s debonair young monarch is a man of many talents, and certainly holds his own with his adoring fan base on social media.
The 21-year-old polo star picked up the sport as a lad in boarding school and has since racked up a slew of trophies and awards in tournaments around the globe.
Who doesn’t love a royal with a heart of gold? With his winning combo of looks, talent and civic responsibility, this millennial monarch has made headlines around the world as an advocate for female empowerment, even raising funds for his mother's Princess Diya Kumari Foundation through a unique collaboration with Airbnb.
Follow him on Instagram: @pachojaipur
Bhutan: Queen Jetsun Pema
Beloved by the people of Bhutan and her followers on social media, Her Royal Highness Queen Jetsun Pema caught the attention of the world when she became the world's youngest queen upon her marriage to Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck in 2011 when she was 21 years old.
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Given her enormous popularity and approachable personality, The Regent's University London graduate and her monarch husband were dubbed by many as the 'Will and Kate of the Himalayas' – and it's easy to see why.
Moved by social causes like environmental preservation, Queen Jetsun is known for her work with organisations like Bhutan Red Cross Society, Ability Bhutan Society, and Bhutan Kidney Association.
Follow her on Instagram: @queenjetsunpema