Dhirendra of Nepal

Dhirendra Bir Bikram Shah Deva of Nepal (14 Jan 1950 – 1 June 2001) was the youngest son of King Mahendra of Nepal, and his first wife, Crown Princess Indra.[1]

Prince of Nepal
Born(1950-01-14)14 January 1950
Narayanhity Royal Palace, Kathmandu, Nepal
Died1 June 2001(2001-06-01) (aged 51)
King Birendra Military Hospital, Chhauni, Nepal
SpousePrekshya Rajya Lakshmi Devi
Jaya Shah Pandey
Shirley Greaney
IssuePrincess Puja
Princess Dilasha
Princess Sitashma
Shreya Shah
Ushaana Laela Shah
Full name
Dhirendra Bir Bikram Shah Deva
HouseShah dynasty
FatherMahendra of Nepal
MotherIndra Rajya Lakshmi Devi


He studied with his brothers King Birendra and King Gyanendra in St. Joseph's College, Darjeeling, India; and in 1969, he graduated from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu.


His mother Indra died because of complications during the birth of him.[2]

Prince Dhirendra was often described as the "wayward" one among King Mahendra's sons. He was described as fun-loving, generous, and kind. When he was in school, he was greatly interested in theater. Prince Dhirendra was also greatly interested in sports. He had a black belt (2 Dan) in Judo from Kodokan Judo Institute, Japan. He was also a chief scout of Nepal and patron of the National Sports Council. In 1987, he was the chairman of the National Youth Services Foundation. In 1974, he represented the king at the coronation of Bhutanese King Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

Prince Dhirendra renounced his title of Prince and the style of His Royal Highness because of his relationship with a foreigner in December 1987. After that, he lived in England until he returned to Nepal in 1998.

Marriages and familyEdit

On May 13, 1973, he married his second cousin (and the sister of the wives of their brothers, Queen Aishwarya and Queen Komal), Princess Prekshya (19 January 1956 – 12 Nov 2001). From this marriage, he had three daughters:

  • Princess Puja Rajya Lakshmi Devi (b. 1976).
  • Princess Dilasha Rajya Lakshmi Devi (b. 1978).
  • Princess Sitashma Rajya Lakshmi Devi (b. 1981).[3]

In the 1980s, he divorced his first wife.

Secondly, on April 22, 1986, he married, at the Dakshinkali Temple, Jaya Shah Pandey, daughter of Bidhi Raj Pandey. Later, they divorced.[citation needed]

With Jaya Shah, Dhirendra had one daughter:

  • Shreya Shah (b. 16 June 1988).

Finally, Dhirendra had a relationship with a British woman, Shirley Greaney (born in 1960 in Canada). When Queen Aishwarya came to know of this affair from her sister, she had Dhirendra stripped of his titles and exiled from Nepal.

With Shirley Shah, whom he married in 1991,[citation needed] Dhirendra had one daughter:

  • Ushaana Laela Shah (b. 22 July 1993).


Dhirendra was killed in the palace massacre at Narayanhity Royal Palace, during one of his rare visits to the country. He was due to regain his title and place in the line of succession.


  • 1950 - 1972: His Royal Highness Sri Panch Adhirajkumar Dhirendra Bir Bikram Shah Deva.
  • 1972 - 1986: Colonel His Royal Highness Suprasidha-Prabala-Gorkha-Dakshina-Bahu Sri Panch Adhirajkumar Dhirendra Bir Bikram Shah Deva.
  • 1986 - 1987: Colonel His Royal Highness Suprasidha-Prabala-Gorkha-Dakshina-Bahu Sri Panch Adhirajkumar Dhirendra Bir Bikram Shah Deva, GCMG.
  • 1987 - 2001: Suprasidha-Prabala-Gorkha-Dakshina-Bahu Dhirendra Bir Bikram Shah Deva, GCMG.