For the first time in more than two years, Paras Shah (photo, from nepalnews.com), the former Crown Prince of Nepal, has left the country, on a flight to Singapore.
Speculation has been made that the controversial former heir is permanently moving to the island city, after the throne has been abolished.
But one of his close relatives has denied it.
There was “no way” Paras was moving out of the country, Abhinesh Shah told the BBC.
Married to Para’s first cousin, Mr Shah said he was instead looking for a good school for his three young children. Constant strike and traffic problems in Nepal have disrupted their education.
Paras and Himani, his wife, would be spending a lot of time in Singapore, as guardians. But Abhinesh Shah added that once they got older, the children might return to good schools in Nepal.
As he recently suffered a heart attack, the former prince, 37, would find Singapore’s good medical facilities useful, said Mr Shah.
Before flying out to Singapore, the former prince was picture arriving at the airport, reportedly with two bodyguards and his brother-in-law.
The editor of Jana Astha, a weekly paper known for its royal stories, was quoted as saying Paras was concerned for the safety of his wife and three young children and was planning to leave Nepal for good.
But Mr Shah said he did not believe Paras was concerned for his family’s security in Nepal.
Nonetheless, there have been press reports about the princess being worried about that very issue.
Because he is the son of ex-King Gyanendra, Paras was the first in line to the throne, and among Nepalis he was unpopular, because of his drunken antics and playboy lifestyle.
In travelling, the prince was enjoying the advantages of being a commoner, which is what he became when a new assembly abolished the monarchy in May, said one observer here.
For two years after the failure of a period of direct royal rule, his movements had been restricted, as were his father’s.