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Mackenzi Lee Mar 10
Hello my squad I've missed you. This every two weeks thing blows (but is necessary for my sanity). But today we're off!
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Today we are talking about Sophia Duleep Singh, the Indian princess and socialite turned militant British suffragette. Let’s go!
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Mackenzi Lee Mar 10
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Princess Sophia Jindan Alexdrowna Duleep Singh was born in 1867 and I have no room for more details because her name alone is a whole tweet.
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Mackenzi Lee Mar 10
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You might have noticed the word princess before her name. That’s because Sophia was literal Indian royalty.
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Mackenzi Lee Mar 10
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Sophia was the daughter of Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, deposed by the Brits at age 11 which just isn’t fair
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Mackenzi Lee Mar 10
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The Maharaja was exiled to England where he was a favorite of the royal court & Queen Victoria (for squicky exoticising reasons moving on)
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Mackenzi Lee Mar 10
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So Princess Sophia was similarly a royal favorite, because your friends’ babies are automatically cuter than any other babies.
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Mackenzi Lee Mar 10
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Queen Victoria liked Sophia so much, she agreed to be her godmother. Bet you didn’t know Queen Victoria had an Indian goddaughter, did you?
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Mackenzi Lee Mar 10
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Sophia was raised in the magic wonderland of a Suffolk mansion her father transformed into an Indian-style palace (complete w/monkeys!)
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Mackenzi Lee Mar 10
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But her dad was haunted by giving up his country to the British & his lost inheritance. He fell into drinking and gambling and...
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Mackenzi Lee Mar 10
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In the ultimate dick move, ended up disowning his kids, running off with a maid, and dumping his huge debts on his family.
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Mackenzi Lee Mar 10
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A year later, Sophia’s mom drank herself to death over her husband’s betrayal, leaving Sophia and her siblings to take care of themselves.
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Mackenzi Lee Mar 10
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But remember, Queen Victoria was Sophia's godmother & she stepped in & give Sophia & her sisters a royal residence in Hampton Court, London
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Mackenzi Lee Mar 10
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Which is where Sophia transformed from an awkward, traumatized kid into a spotlight stealing, party hopping, glam AF society darling.
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Painter McSomething Mar 10
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*hits him with a box full of shoes* RUDE
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Mackenzi Lee Mar 10
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Sophia and her sisters debuted at Buckingham Palace with a lot of white ladies, and she made a pretty strong impression because....
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Mackenzi Lee Mar 10
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Sophia became a Paris Hilton of Edwardian England, famous mostly for being famous. Her life was parties and photo shoots and paparazzi….
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Mackenzi Lee Mar 10
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...and thanks to numerous magazine spreads, she had one of the most recognized faces in Britain. Her life was tabloid fodder.
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Mackenzi Lee Mar 10
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To Britain, Sophia appeared a vapid socialite. She loved clothes, bred fancy dogs that won prizes (& rode first class). Her life was candy.
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Mackenzi Lee Mar 10
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But then several things changed for Sophia that made her less about fun and more about fundamental human rights:
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