The world’s first openly gay prince Crown Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil has hung out with a lot of famous people. But recently he got to hang out with arguable the world’s most recognisable family, the Kardashians.
The Prince is the most likely heir of the Maharaja of Rajpipla in Gujarat.
Manvendra was a feature guest in the most recent episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. The reality show follows the life of siblings; Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Kendall, Kylie and Rob, and the family matriarch, Kris.
While the episode deals mainly in the fallout of the release of Caitlyn Jenner’s tell-all book about her life, Manvendra is brought in to talk to the family about his experiences coming out.
Manvendra’s role in the episode was to have his experiences used a plot device to run parallel to the Caitlyn storyline.
We first see the prince when Kendall Jenner meets him at an official function in India. He is then invited to California to speak with the rest of the Kardashian clan.
Manvendra told Kourtney, Kendall and Kim that he was disinherited and disowned by his parents after he came out. For a time, he was was also removed from the royal family.
The royal family were treated like Gods in their towns and when people found out the prince was gay, they burned effigies of him.
He told the girls that even though he knew he was gay from the age of 12 or 13, he still married a woman in 1991. Manvendra divorced her the following year, so that his wife could be free to marry someone else.
At this point the sisters drew parallels to their mother and Caitlyn’s marriage.
Kendall asked the prince if he is still friends with his ex-wife.
Kim took this opportunity to throw some shade at Caitlyn.
‘To be so thoughtful of [your ex-wife] just shows really great character,’ she said.
The prince then went to Kris’ house to try and help her understand what Caitlyn might be going through.
Kris said it was ‘liberating’ to talk to someone who understood what she was going through.
The gay people’s prince
Since coming out, Manvendra has been a huge advocate for LGBTI causes.
His charity, The Lakshya Trust, helps on various issues addressing and advocating for the social, economic, legal, psychological, spiritual and health aspects of LGBTI people. The Trust also does a lot of work in the HIV sector.
In February the prince called for Section 377 of India’s Penal Code which outlaws same-sex activity to be abolished.
‘If India wants to be respected across the world, it can’t ignore the basic rights of the LGBT people,’ he said.
‘As the largest democracy, it is high time that India scrap the outdated laws imposed by the colonial government and give equal rights to the LGBT people.’