Maybe 200 years ago the area around Mandalay was attractive to the rulers. Slaves and peasants had a hard life here. The first carried heavy stones at a place of next royal construction, and the others gathered roots and peanuts in the fields around.Anyway, the situation of the local population hasn’t changed so much since 1816.
The valley is hot and the lack of rainfall prevents the cultivation of rice. The grain and food is more expensive at Mingun than in Rangoon. Tourists visit Mingun, but their cash flows straight into generals’ pockets.
The princess had to earn the king's respect in the entire group of hundreds wives and concubines. She had to be a unique, special woman.
I don't try to guess at which field she was so distinguished.