Move over Prince Harry, hello Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah: meet the Malaysian king’s dashing millennial son – a military-trained, outspoken environmentalist prince

Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah: prince of Malaysia, Regent of Pahang ... and polo player during his downtime. Photo: @this.7/Instagram

Prince William and Prince Harry might have been off the market for quite a while now, but there’s no shortage of eligible bachelor royals out there. Malaysia’s Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah might just top our list, with many fans claiming that he is the definition of humble and down to earth.

Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah chilling in the backseat. Photo: @this.7/Instagram
This 25-year-old regent of Pahang is the oldest living biological son of the current King of Malaysia and Sultan of Pahang, Al-Sultan Abdullah, and his queen consort, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.

So just what do we love about him so?

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He spent his childhood studying in Europe


Like many royals around the world, Shah was sent abroad to complete his education and learn how to stand on his own two feet. Born on September 17, 1995, he was not the only one among his siblings to study halfway across the world. As a matter of fact, he told the Malaysian National News Agency, Bernama, that his father “sent all of us to study in England not to show off, but rather to make us independent”.

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The young prince spent his earlier years learning at the UK’s Caldicott Preparatory School and Sherborne School. He then earned his bachelor’s degree in international relations at Switzerland’s Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations.

He attended the same military academy as Prince William and Prince Harry

Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah in full military fatigues. Photo: @this.7/Instagram
As heir to the throne of Pahang, Shah also underwent military training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the UK – the same prestigious academy that has produced notable graduates including the country’s very own Prince William and Prince Harry, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Shah’s father, Al-Sultan Abdullah.

Despite his royal status, Shah reportedly kept a low profile during his 44-week training and reportedly went only by the name “Shah” to avoid drawing attention to himself.

Dashing in uniform: Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah. Photo: @this.7/Instagram

As the commander-in-chief of the Malaysian Armed Forces, Al-Sultan Abdullah personally conferred the rank of second lieutenant to Shah in 2020.

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He is an environmentalist and a philanthropist

Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah has green fingers. Photo: @this.7/Instagram
Shah’s Instagram followers will know that he is not only a blue blood, but he has a heart of gold. Or should that be green? While his older sister Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan is best known for her mental health advocacy, Shah has set his sights on environmental conservation.
Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah at work. Photo: @this.7/Instagram

The Star reported that Shah even donated several months’ of his royal allowance to Pahang’s Covid-19 relief fund and the Pahang4Palestine fund launched by the Malaysian government.

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He currently serves as the Regent of Pahang

Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah goes mobile. Photo: @this.7/Instagram

Although Shah studied abroad, he still spent his school holidays back in his home country, often accompanying his father to official functions in Pahang. Fast forward to the present and he now shoulders the responsibility of looking after the third-biggest state in Malaysia. “I am happy to serve the people,” he once said in an interview with New Straits Times.

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He enjoys sports

Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah doing what he loves most. Photo: @this.7/Instagram

It’s not all work and no play for this prince. When he’s not on duty as the king of Malaysia’s son and the regent of Pahang, Shah spends his downtime on sports. His Instagram feed shows photos and videos of him going running, playing football and sepak takraw (kick volleyball), and competing in polo tournaments.

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  • Like Prince William, Shah attended the UK’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst – after graduating from the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations
  • The regent of Pahang has also donated to Covid-19 relief efforts and posts plenty of polo, sepak takraw and other sporty photos to Instagram