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Two young princesses explain what it means to be a young royal in India

India Today logo India Today 17-10-2018

What's it like to be a young royal in India? Hear it from Mriganka Kumari Singh, the princess of Jammu and Kashmir, and Mrinalika Bhanjdeo, the princess of Mayurbhanj.

Speaking the Robb Report Limited Edition 2018 summit, Singh and Bhanjdeo spoke about balancing royalty and legacy and about how their ancestors have shaped their worldview and style.

Mriganka Kumari Singh spoke about how her family's connection with luxury began with Hari Singh, the last ruler of the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. "He was a very stylish man who had exquisite taste and a keen eye for design," Mriganka said.

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Mrinalika, on the other hand, explained that luxury, for her, is both comfort and the craftsmanship that goes into creating iconic works such as Odisha's Khiching temple.

"If luxury is a Rolls Royce car, then luxury is also a temple built in Mayurbhanj in 9th century AD. The temple was carved out of a single black granite stone... in the 9th century! You can imagine the skill set...," Mrinalika said.

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The princesses agreed that today's royals need not shy away and hide their royal heritage. But, Mrinalika said, as a generation of young royals "we need to step up and give voice to the voiceless".

"Being the custodian of such rich heritage... [we] need to help these artisans," Mrinalika said.

Mrinalika also spoke about how her family is working to open up their palace in Mayurbhanj for the public by the end of the year, so that people can come there and experience Mayubhanj's architectural and natural wonders.

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Mriganka, on the other hand, spoke about her involvement with a Delhi-based charity that was set up by her grandmother for children. Mriganka explained how important the charity was for her family and spoke about how she is involved in offering vocational training to children through the charity.

(Video provided by AFP)


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