SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Monday on our 3 p.m. show Getting Answers, we talked khổng lồ Princess Soma Norodom of Cambodia. Like Prince Harry và Meghan Markle, she walked away from royal life.

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Reverberations continue from the U.S. khổng lồ the U.K. after Markle"s bombshell interview with Oprah about her suffering in the royal family. Markle shared the extent to lớn which palace officials controlled her, even when it had lớn do with her mental health. Someone who understands Markle"s journey and rebellion against convention is a Cambodian princess who grew up in California.

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Princess Soma Norodom came to lớn the U.S. at age 5, in the first wave of refugees to flee after the Khmer Rouge took power. Princess Soma"s father was the third cousin khổng lồ the king, hence in the line of succession. She grew up thoroughly American -- playing sports, doing cheerleading, attending Fresno State University, becoming a radio show host, journalist và kinh doanh professional.In 2010, as her father was dying, Soma wanted khổng lồ fulfill his wish, and returned to lớn Cambodia lớn care for him and clayên ổn her birthright as princess.RELATED: Race, title and anguish: Meghan và Harry explain royal rift
The American-raised princess soon found herself at odds with palace officials. She wrote a column for a local newspaper, revealing the drama inside the royal family and the extent to which the government controlled the monarchy.
Soon dubbed a heretic, Princess Soma was charged with insurrection and had to lớn flee Cambodia.RELATED: Prince Harry says he left royal life because UK press was "destroying" his mental health
"My platform has always been education, so I wrote a lot about it when I was working for the newspaper," she says. "Every chance I got, I tried to lớn put in a plug for education for the poor, particularly the girls."In addition to writing, Soma volunteered her time for events lượt thích International Day of the Girl and served as ambassador for the Happy Tree Orphanage, an NGO that looks after children who are HIV positive. "We can learn a lot from these kids," she says.While being a royal in the Kingdom does have sầu its downside, it also positioned Soma khổng lồ meet the right people. So when she started her foundation, she was able to lớn get key players for the board of directors.
"They are all respected, well-connected people with backgrounds in education & business," Soma says."Every family goes through issues và drama. You"re in the spotlight, a public figure, you have to lớn giảm giá with that, have sầu to have a thichồng skin," said Princess Soma. "If you can"t handle it, you need to leave sầu, leave sầu the control factor, so now they"re able to vị what they want to bởi. But they have sầu to lớn make their own money, won"t be financially compensated by the royal family."RELATED: Prince William defends UK royal family against racism claims made by Meghan, Harry
She currently lives in Atlanta and is completely independent because she"s not taking a stipover from the royal family.Watch the full interview in the video clip player above sầu.
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