He has been hailed as one of the most eligible royals alongside with Prince Mateen of Brunei, Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan, Crown Prince of Jordan Hussein, Prince Joachim of Belgium and Prince Philippos of Greece.
Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh, who ascended the titular throne of Jaipur about six years ago at the age of 12, announced his arrival in 2017 as he dominated the year through swashbuckling style and grabbed the headlines for all the right reasons. At the age of 18 young Pacho, as he is affectionately called by his friends, has metamorphosised into Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh. Knowing well that he has to carry forward the illustrious legacy of his ancestors, Maharaja Padmanabh Singh has lived up to his expectations.
First of all, the great polo legacy of the Jaipur royal family is in safe hands. With polo running in his veins, Padmanabh was destined to wield the mallet. Following the footsteps of his great-grandfather Maharaja Sawai Man Singh and grandfather Maharaja Brigadier Bhawani Singh, he became the youngest-ever polo player to represent India in the World Cup.
The suave maharaja, who can give film stars a run for their money, is a hot property in the social circuit both – in India and abroad. Recently, he created a flutter in the international media when he took to the dance floor for the first waltz at the 25th annual Bal des Debutantes in Paris with AvaPhillippe, the teenage daughter of Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon.
However, what makes him special is that the young maharaja remains grounded despite his royal status and media attention. For this, he gives credit to his parents, who, he says, brought him up in a very humble way with no sense of any entitlement. He was sent to Mayo College where like other students he lived in a dormitory and his friends called him Pacho instead of His Highness Padmanabh Singh.
Designer Raghavendra Rathore, who has known Pacho since he was a child, says, “He’s humble to the core. Even at this young age, he has managed to sensitise his personality to the new order of modern India, giving weightage to substance over opulence, channelling his energies and effort in preserving the idea of Indian heritage.”
This is the reason why Padmanabh says that when he meets people “I don’t keep his royal status in mind”. In fact, he says whenever he acted in a way which was not appropriate, his parents and grandmother brought him “back to reality”.
Mother Diya Kumari, who has come out of the palace to serve the people, has greatly influenced his personality. Padmanabh says he greatly admires his mother’s commitment to various sections of the society and how she is working to bring a change in their lives.
We hope that the year 2018 will bring him more success and accomplishments in both – polo and his personal life