Poor King Norodom Sihamoni.
It doesn't sound like he wants to be king.
It's true the monarchy is more of a figurehead these days, with the true power lying in the hands of Prime Minister Hun Sen.
But the bidding of Hun Sen, who helped turn Cambodia into a forced labor camp with the Khmer Rouge in the late 70s, can't be pleasant work.
Sihamoni spends his days pushing papers and receiving guests — despite his lack of interest in political affairs — and then he retires to dine alone and read, says one royal adviser.
He is a symbol of national unity, no doubt. Everywhere he goes, people bow at his feet.
But even so, he feels "sad, lonely and abandoned," according to a new AP article.
Many think of him as a prisoner in his own palace.
The 58-year-old bachelor clearly longs for the years he spent in Europe -- France and what used to be the Czechoslovakia -- as a ballet dancer and cultural ambassador. It isn't hard to imagine him dreaming of those far-off places from the confines of his castle.