The most glamorous royal family you’ve NEVER heard of! Meet the VERY glossy posse at Japiur’s palace from the King, 23, worth £500 million who’s modelled for D&G to his fashion designer sister
- Historian John Zubrzycki dives into lives of House of Jaipur in a new book
- Padmanabh Singh was crowned as Maharaja Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur in 2011
- Named on Tatler’s eligible bachelor list in 2019 and modelled for D&G
From a stylish 21-year-old Princess with a burgeoning fashion label, to the polo-playing king who’s graced the catwalk for D&G, these royals may not be on your radar but that won’t be for long.
Padmanabh Singh, 23, who has walked for D&G, was crowned as the unofficial Maharaja of Jaipur in 2011, and is a member of the former ruling family of Jaipur State, in present-day Rajasthan, India, and worth an estimated £500-650 million.
Although his title is not officially recogised by law as India is a federal parliamentary democratic republic, the title is still highly respected, and was bestowed to him when his grandfather died, skipping his mother due to her gender, and his father – a former household staff member – because he had no royal blood.
With Prince Charles’ godson is currently dating a French jewellery designer, there are few other socialites in the world who could match up to the ultra-glossy family.
Thanks to a profile in Tatler this month and a new book on the history of Jaipur’s royals, they certainly look poised to gain more international recognition.
Here, FEMAIL reveals the lives of the glamorous gang, from lavish holidays abroad to brushing shoulders at the polo with Prince William and Harry…
The lives of India’s most powerful and glamorous ruling family are set to be explored in a new book, The House of Jaipur, which is out now
The ultra-glossy possy includes the King’s French jewellery designer girlfriend Claire Deroo (left) and his glamorous sister who just graduated from college in New York (right)
Princess Guaravi and Claire have been friends for years and spent lockdown together at the House of Jaipur (pictured together)
Princess Diya Kumari
The ultra-glamorous matriarch overseeing the family is Princess Diya Kumari, 50, the only child of Maharaja Bhawani Singh of Jaipur and Princess Padmini Devi of Sirmur.
She has previously described having a ‘very normal upbringing’, telling The Week in 2019: ‘I was taught by my parents that I was not above others.’
She studied a decorative arts course in London before secretly marrying Maharaj Narendra Singh, Thikana Kothara of Shivad, in 1998.
The couple had three children Maharaja Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur, Rajkumari Gauravi Kumari, the Maharaja of Sirmur, before their divorce in 2018.
The ultra-glamorous matriarch overseeing the family is Princess Diya Kumari, 50, the only child of Maharaja Bhawani Singh of Jaipur and Princess Padmini Devi of Sirmur
After serving as a Member of Legislative Assembly from 2013 to 2018, Diya became a member of Indian Parliament from Rajsamand.
Diya has a keen interest in history, arts and music and runs the museum trust of the palace and manages heritage hotels and two schools in Jaipur.
As well as caring for her family, she used lockdown to upgrade the museum experience within the City Palace.
She is also involved with the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation, which trains and empowers women from impoverished backgrounds.
She maintains a close relationship with Gauravi, whom she hopes one day will take over the foundation, telling femina: ‘She is my go-to for beauty advice. We shop together on holidays. We do Pilates together and most importantly, we share a relationship of camaraderie where we can discuss just about anything.’
After serving as a Member of Legislative Assembly from 2013 to 2018, Diya became a member of Indian Parliament from Rajsamand
The Maharaja Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur often shares glimpse at his glamorous life to his Instagram account.
Like his grandfather, Bhawani Sing, Padmanabh, is an accomplished polo player and the youngest ever member of a World Cup polo team in 2017 and the youngest winner of the Indian Open Polo Cup.
The Maharaja Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur often shares glimpse at his glamorous life to his Instagram account. He is seen taking part in a polo match in London in 2017
He has modelled for D&G and accompanied Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Philippe’s daughter Ava to the Bal des Débutantes in Paris in 2017.
The young royal’s Instagram – which boasts 130,000 followers – shows a life of travel, and a passion for polo playing across the world.
One picture sees him hanging out with the Dutch royal family, including King Willem Alexander, Queen Maxima and their children.
And he looks to be deeply religious, taking part in Vijaydashmi, a major Hindu festival celebrated at the end of Navaratri every year.
Padmanabh has modelled for D&G (right) and accompanied Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Philippe’s daughter Ava to the Bal des Débutantes in Paris in 2017 (left)
Upon turning 18, five years ago, he spent the day visiting several temples and carrying out traditional rituals and ceremonies.
Padmanabh, who was named in Tatler’s most eligible bachelor’s list in 2019, has strong connections to the UK, having attended Millfield School in Somerset before returning frequently for polo matches.
He studied in New York studed liberal arts at New York University in New York, where he said he discovered ‘Netflix and sushi’.
In September 2018 he moved to Rome to study art, telling the Week magazine: ‘I lost my heart to Italy; it is the most beautiful country in the world. With its old buildings and grand architecture, it always feels like home.’
Like his grandfather, Bhawani Sing, Padmanabh is an accomplished polo player and the youngest ever member of a World Cup polo team in 2017 and the youngest winner of the Indian Open Polo Cup
Exotic photos of his travels include Italy – previously described as his favourite country – where he lived in Rome for a while to study art. Seen skiing in Cortina D’ampezzo (right) and riding a boat in the summer (left)
Exotic photos of his travels include South Africa, Italy – previously described as his favourite country – as well as Spain, Thailand, Colombia, Peru and Portugal.
The travel enthusiast also shares glimpses of his mother Princess Diya Kumari, a politician and member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly who divorced his father in 2018, and his sister Princess Gauravi Kumari.
Having been named in Tatler’s most eligible bachelor’s in 2019, he is now dating French jeweller and set-designer Claire Deroo.
The couple have kept their romance fairly private and avoid sharing snaps on social media together.
Princess Guaravi Kumari
Princess Guaravi Kumari, 21, grew up in the palace before attending Mayo College, which is known as the ‘Eton of India’.
Prestigious boarding school Mayo College counts prominent erstwhile royals including Gaj Singh, erstwhile Maharaja of Jodhpur, among its alumni.
She recently graduated from NYU, where she read business, fashion and media.
The socialite often shares snaps of her adventures across the city, which she calls her favourite place, on social media with her 38,000 followers.
Princess Guaravi Kumari, 21, grew up in the palace before attending Mayo College, which is known as the ‘Eton of India’ and recently graduated from New York University
Her photos show Princess Guaravi posing friends drinking from red cups and larking about the city in mini dresses.
She told Tatler the Covid-19 lockdown was ‘actually quite nice’ because she was able to spend time at home with her siblings.
She said: ‘My mother and I worked out every day, baked lemon cakes, played games, sat in the gardens – we really got creative.’
The socialite often shares snaps of her adventures across the city, which she calls her favourite place, on social media with her 38k followers
French jewellery designer Claire Deroo has been dating Pacho, 23, for years and is considered part of the family.
She is a Parisian-born designer, gem sourcer and creative, who descended from King Louis XIII’s musketeer Isaac de Porthau, who inspired the extrovert hero Porthos in Alexandre Dumas’ iconic novel.
Best-known for his team’s catchphrase, ‘All for one and one for all’, Porthos was a key character in the famous author’s trio of books: The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After and The Vicomte de Bragelonne.
Porthos was famously portrayed by extravagant French actor Gerard Depardieu in the period action-drama Man In The Iron Mask, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jeremy Irons.
French jewellery designer Claire Deroo has been dating Pacho, 23, for years and is considered part of the family (pictured, with the Princess)
Claire regularly visited Jaipur as a child with her aunt, the jewellery designer Marie-Helene de Taillac (pictured)
Claire, meanwhile, regularly visited Jaipur as a child with her aunt, the jewellery designer Marie-Helene de Taillac.
Before the pandemic, she launched a charitable venture with the Princess Diya Kumari foundation to raise funds for the organisation by renting out a room in the City Palace.
It marked the first time ever that royals had become on Airbnb, with the Gudliya Suite in the 300-year-old City Palace of Jaipur, home to Jaipur’s Royal Family, available to rent for the special introductory rate of $1,000 per night (£780).
Claire designed the suite, located within one of the private sections of the palace, which had been used in the past for the royals and special guests.
The stunning blonde spent lockdown at the palace with the family last year and has since set up a clothing brand with the princess to ‘give something back’ to the community
Proceeds from each booking will go to the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting women in rural areas and artisans in Rajasthan.
Meanwhile she also joined the family at the palace for lockdown last year and, along with Gauravi, decided she wanted to ‘give something back to society’ during the period.
The women collaborated on their new clothing brand The PDKF Store, which launched in November last year.
Pieces on sale include block printed dresses, patterned gowns and co-ords as well as playful accessories.
Prince Lakshyaraj Singh
Little is known about Princess Diya Kumari’s youngest child, 17-year-old Prince Lakshyaraj Singh (pictured left, with his older siblings)
Little is known about Princess Diya Kumari’s youngest child, 17-year-old Prince Lakshyaraj Singh.
Lakshya is the younger son of Diya, the only child of Jaipur’s last maharaja late Brigadier Bhawani Singh and Padmini Devi.
The teenager now maintains a low profile on social media and unlike his brothers and sisters chooses to remain private.
In 2013, then nine-year-old Lakshyaraj was named titular Maharaja of Sirmaur, an erstwhile princely state located in the hills of southern Himachal Pradesh.
One picture sees him hanging out with the Dutch royal family, including King Willem Alexander, Queen Maxima (left) and their children (He is seen third right, with his parents standing next to him) and his brother and sister far left
While little is known about the teenager, an Instagram page in his name shows him visiting Chelsea’s football ground Stamford Bridge
Lakshya’s ascent to Sirmaur’s throne was complicated because he got there via Padmini Devi, his maternal grandmother and daughter of the last ruling maharaja of Sirmaur, Rajendra Prakash, who died without a suitable male successor in 1964.
Snaps show him enjoying a polo game with his siblings, as well as posing with the Dutch royal family.
He is believed to be a football fan and is thought to be Chelsea supporter, sharing videos in 2018 of a visit to Stamford Bridge.
INDIA’S GLAMOUROUS ROYAL FAMILY LIVE IN ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S MOST ICONIC BUILDINGS
Steeped in history, and located in the heart of Jaipur, capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, the City Palace is one of India’s most iconic buildings.
Built in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of the city of Jaipur, the City Palace exemplifies the best of 18th-century Rajput architecture.
The interiors contain ornate chambers, large and airy reception halls, crystal chandeliers, gilded wall decorations, intricate carvings and in addition to the royal residence, the sprawling palace complex houses a large, internationally recognised museum. Notable visiting dignitaries include Prince Charles, among others.
Steeped in history, and located in the heart of Jaipur, capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, the City Palace is one of India’s most iconic buildings
Steeped in history, the City Palace is one of India’s most iconic buildings
The palace is located in the heart of Jaipur, capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan
Built in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of the city of Jaipur, the City Palace exemplifies the best of 18th-century Rajput architecture
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