Sunday, June 16 11:47PM
1. Prince William
Apart from his good looks, photogenic face and his guilded birth rights to royalty, wealth and fame, what made Prince William more press favourite was his mother’s high-profile life and the drama surrounding the royal family since her death.
The eldest son of the late Princess Diana and present heir apparent Prince Charles, its his intriguing beauty and graceful personality has what made him earn the first position on Forbes’ annual ranking of the world’s Hottest Young Royals. Prince William, currently on tour with Britain’s Royal Air Force.
To compile the ranking, Forbes counted international Web and media presence as well as family wealth. Only unmarried royals under the age of 35 were considered.
The 20 royals on Forbes’ Hottest Young Royals list represent nearly $60 billion in wealth and 15 royal lineages. While a few own or operate their own businesses, the majority are students or involved in serving their countries through, for example, diplomacy, athletic competition or military service–proving there’s more to hotness than wealth, power and good looks, though none of those things hurt.
2. Prince Harry
Hero-Harry, as he is being called for his service in the British Army, in last months has also been termed as a carefree royal and a prince, ofcourse, making headlines of his un-royal behaviour in the media like smoking marijuana, partying and dating South African heiress Chelsy Davy. He ranks second to his sibling making headlines in British tabloids most often.
3. Zara Philips
Zara Phillips, an impressive equestrian, won the gold medal in the World Equestrian Games in 2006 and is hoping to compete in the 2008 Olympics.
Her mother, Princess Anne, wanted her children to live without formal titles to make their lives easier. She’s reportedly dating professional rugby player Mike Tindall.
4. Princess Beatrice
At just 19 years old, the youngest member on the list is Princess Beatrice of York, in fourth place. She inherited the spotlight from her mother, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. She moves into the limelight for hanging around in elite fashion circles and having friends with the Hollywood actress Kate Moss. The princess is dating David Clark, a Richard Branson marketing man.
5. Charlotte Casiraghi
Charlotte is equal parts celebrity and royalty. She’s known for her impeccable taste in fashion and photogenic looks–much like her grandmother Grace Kelly and mother Princess Caroline. Though she was raised in France, she remains fourth in line to the throne of Monaco.
6. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum
On 6, this is Prince Hamdan, son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Moktoum, the prime minister and vice president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai. The Sheikh was appointed as crown prince of Dubai in February 2008, according to his father’s decree. He placed high on our list thanks to an extensive royal lineage, but also for attracting attention as an avid competitive equestrian and the chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.
Forbes and E! Entertainment teamed up for a one-hour special on the Top 20 Young Royals.