He returned to Nepal to assume his responsibilities after graduating from Eton, responsibilities that included heading the Nepali Olympic delegation to the 1996 Atlanta Games and the 2000 Sydney Games.
Teresa Joel, a hostess at the Atlanta Olympics, remembered the prince as a man bogged down by family responsibilities. "He felt like he was misunderstood by his family," she told ABCNEWS' Good Morning America . "And they had certain expectations of him that he wasn't quite sure he could fulfill."
A Shakespearean Tragedy
By most accounts, Dipendra's romance with Devyani Rana, a beautiful 23-year-old of royal stock, brought the clash between free will and family responsibility to a flashpoint.
The two traveled abroad together frequently, where they were seen holding hands. But pressure from Queen Aishwarya — herself a member of the Rana clan, a powerful family in the subcontinent of which Devyani is a part, — reportedly caused the prince to snap.
From the account provided to The Times, Dipendra apparently displayed no emotion as he shot down many members of the royal family.
"He said nothing at all throughout the whole episode, and there was no expression whatever on his face," the witness told The Times. "He just fired indiscriminately."
According to the account, Queen Aishwarya, and Dipendra's younger brother, Prince Nirajan, followed him into the garden during the shooting spree where they were shot dead.
The witness report also painted a heroic picture of the current king's son Paras Shah, a royal bad boy, who has come under suspicion in the past few days.
But Shah apparently got some of the younger royal members to hide behind a couch while the rampage raged on.
According to The Times, relatives of witnesses were determined to see the truth come out, but it is not yet known if the inquiry commission will question royal family members.