The King of Bhutan met the woman who would one day become his bride when he was a teenager.According to local legend he was at a picnic when, out of the blue, a then 7-year- old Jetsun Pema ran up to him and gave him a hug.Jetsun and Jigme shacking up caused quite a scandal among more conservative circles in the predominantly Buddhist country, but soon the critics were silenced.Eight months later, in October 2011, they made it official and tied the knot.It could well be the start of a series of visits, ending with his moving in to live with her - or his abandoning her once she got pregnant.No social stigma was attached to the pregnancy; the woman would still find a partner to live with and accept the child.As Jetsun's former teacher Kinley Pem once explained, "She doesn't have any airs.I think she didn't even dream of becoming a queen."While Jetsun's family did have some royal connections, she was certainly not the most obvious choice for the handsome bachelor, who is so charismatic he is actually sometimes referred to as Prince Charming.
Today, modern transport, communication and migration to the prosperous cities have changed the old custom into a tool for exploitation.
But as fate would have it, Cupid's arrow hit the bull's-eye when they met for a second time.
After dating for a few years, the pair moved in together out of wedlock (mirroring William and Kate, who first lived together while at university).
Prince William and King Jigme each married a commoner.
Like Kate, Jetsun's dad had a career in the aviation industry; he was a pilot for an airline.