Meeting a Princess
Most people would be excited to meet a Princess,Theodosia Greene, a writer for GoNOMAD.com, is no exception. In her article; Rethinking Royalty: An Interview with a Bhutanese Princess, Theodosia vividly describes her meeting with Princess Khendum Dorje.
“Several days after flying into Bhutan, Maile, my traveling photographer friend, and I were driven to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital and the home of Ashi (“Princess”) Khendum Dorje, who had been described to us as a fun-loving, active young woman in her thirties. It was arranged that the princess meet us at our hotel. It was a chilly, late afternoon in March and our room, decorated in deep burgundy tones was growing dark. Outside the window, a tall clock in “Times Square,” a square-shaped hotel garden, clanged five o’clock.
In she walked. To my surprise, this Bhutanese princess was as beautiful and fair-skinned as any Irish movie star. Wearing a western style black dress and low-heeled black pumps, Ashi settled gracefully into the hotel room chair by the window and ordered a bottle of fine wine from a waiting attendant. Sitting across from someone so like myself made me forget that she was a member of the powerful Dorji family, second only in rank to the royal Wangchucks.”
October 15, 2008 @ 3:43 pm
First of all, Khendum is not a princess–to set the record straight. She might be a relation but that does not make her a royal. It is sad how these people market themselves by selling the name of our royal family. the person who wrote the article is obviously taken in by the so called power of this family who as a matter of fact are quite powerless. Fortunately the power lies in the hands of our visionary King! Also, let me remind you that fair skin is not synonymous with beauty!!! We in Bhutan definitly don’t look Irish nor are we fair skinned but beautiful regardless AND proud to be Bhutanese!
January 20, 2007 @ 11:13 am
Hi,Regards and respect. Glad that you too share your experience, the internet’s great. Why should we re-think or even re-read, but they are a fascinating family. I too met three members of the family in Kathmandu and to this day I have followed their movemnets. So I read your memo just as I wonder what the King will do, in his abdication.