Miles Vorkosigan of Barrayar echoes that historical story, only done right.
Clearly, his mother and father were able to stay in touch with the plight of the commoner, emerging from the Time of Isolation, and not pay too much attention to the poor kid. Bodyguards, yes, to keep him from hurting himself. Long lunches from his father. Poor man must have been worked to the bone.
But he wasn't politically isolated, and he wasn't the cause of an Empire's downfall.