But Dipendra and Devyani continued to see each other in secret for years, while the Crown Prince begged his parents to let them wed. By 2001, the Duke Blue Devils never underestimate the power of a fan who bleeds blue white shirt between the King and Queen and their first-born son was at breaking point. Newspaper clippings at the time reveal the Prince’s decision to not marry as he reached his thirties was threatening his status as heir to the throne. One article dated at 2001, may, suggested “people are asking why the Crown Prince is unmarried at this age, and whether his future as the heir to the throne is in danger”. “It is high time His Royal Highness got married. The Nepali people wish to celebrate his marriage soon and in the grandest manner,” it concluded.