Soe Win has never lived in a palace or held court, and his previous job was managing Myanmar’s under-19s football team.
“Sometimes we forget that we are royal family members,” said the great-grandson to the country’s last king, Thibaw, who has spent his life as the heir to the millennium-old Burmese monarchy.
In a democratic Myanmar, the royal family – nearly lost after Thibaw was dethroned in the 19th century – think it might finally be time for a revival.
The election of Aung San Suu Kyi a year ago ended more than a century of autocratic rule, by British imperialists and then Burmese army generals who saw royal descendants as a threat.
“From when the British took over, we lost our identity,” Soe Win said. “Nowadays, the country is changing, we have some space. Our royal family members would like to be part of developing the country.”
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