Update: March 25, 2015
The faux Prince Max apparently is on some skanky show called the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, claiming he is a prince and the nephew of the Queen of Denmark.
Hits Buzzer! NO HE IS NOT A PRINCE, AND HE IS NOT A NEPHEW OF THE QUEEN OF DENMARK ... OR EVEN A CLOSE COUSIN. HE IS NOT EVEN RELATED TO THE DANISH ROYAL FAMILY. The "Real" housewives are apparently so gullible to fall for this nonsense.
And why is everyone looking for Prince Max of Denmark?.... amazing number of searches for Prince Max .. Or Prince Max of Schaumburg or Lippe!
There is no such person named Prince Max of Denmark or Prince Max of Norway. It's okay now, you can stop searching!
Oh, I get it now ... Bravo is moving The Millionaire Matchmaker to another night. Mario-Max is apparently one of the stars .. Bravo viewers are being bamboozled as "Prince Max" is not a prince by birth. He was adopted by his stepfather, HD Prince Waldemar of Schaumburg-Lippe, a member of the princely family of Schaumburg-Lippe, whose head is Prince Alexander.
You won't find Mario Max in the Handbuch des Adels because he is not a member of the princely family of Schaumburg-Lippe. Prince Waldemar is his stepfather. Mario has a birth father. He was adopted by his stepfather, which, according to German law, allows him the use of the surname of Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe. Germany does not have royalty. Not since the fall of the empire in November 1918, and the establishment of a republic several months later. In August 1919, the new Weimar Republic insituted many new laws, including allowing titles to become one's surname.
Waldemar's adoption does not make Mario a serene highness or a member of the Princely family with succession rights. In order for Mario to be a member of the princely family, he would need to be Waldemar's legitimate son. He's not.
The head of the Princely house of Schaumburg Lippe, HSH Prince Alexander issued a statement about this several years ago. The statement is in German, and is listed below. The Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe, who resides at Schloss Bückeburg, has made it clear that Max is not a member of the family, apart from being Waldemar's adopted son.
Mario Max is legally entitled to the surname Prinz von Schaumburg-Lippe, but he is not a member of the princely family nor is he entitled to HSH. He's a younger edition of Robert Lichtenberg.
He's not a real prince, but he plays one on TV!
Prince Waldemar descends from the seventh child of Georg Wilhelm Graf zu Schaumburg-Lippe and his wife, Princess Ida of Waldeck und Pyrmont. The seventh child was Prince Wilhelm Karl August (1834-1906). He married Princess Bathildis of Anhalt. They had eight children. Their second son, Prince Friedrich (1868-1945) was married twice. His first wife was Priness Louise of Denmark. They had three children, Marie Louise (who married Prince Friedrich Sigismund of Prussia), Christian and Stephanie, who married the Prince of Bentheim und Steinfurt.
Prince Christian (1898-1974) was married in 1937 to his cousin, Princess Feodora of Denmark (1910-1975). They were the parents of four children, Wilhelm (1939), Waldemar (1940), Marie Louise (1945) and Harald (1948).
Prince Waldemar has been married four times. His first wife was a Danish photographer, Anne-Lise Johansenn, by whom he has one child, Eleonore-Christine Prinzessin zu Schaumburg-Lippe. His first marriage ended in divorce after fourteen years. His second marriage was dissolved within a year of the ceremony. Ditto the third marriage. The fourth marriage to Gertraud Wagner-Schöppl, the mother of Max Wagner, took place in 2008.
The last reigning Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe was Adolf II, who abdicated in November 1918. He was killed in a plane crash in 1936. He was succeeded as head of the house by his brother, Wolrad, who was succeeded by his second son, Philipp-Ernst, in 1962. He died in 2003, and was succeeded by his second son, Alexander, who is the present head of the family.
But to reiterate: royalty ceased to exist in 1919 in Germany, when titles became one's surname. Socially, titles are still used, and many of the families maintain their strict rules regarding marriage. But in order to be a member of a former ruling family, one has to be born to a legitimate marriage. Adopted children do not have the rights of the title, but have the legal surname. This applies Max Wagner, who was adopted by Waldemar Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe, which means Mario-Max has the LEGAL surname Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe.
He is -- I repeat -- not a member of the Princely House of Schaumburg-Lippe. So all of you who are searching for information on Max, and have come to Royal Musings, welcome. You will find Royal Musings full of historical posts. Cross over to my other blog, Royal Book News, for news about books on royalty .. and shop at Amazon by entering through one of my portals on either blog or visiting one of my stores. You will find the links on both blogs!
A statement issued in 2008 by the Prince and Princess of Schaumburg-Lippe and signed by other members of the family.
Stellungnahme der fürstlichen Familie zu Schaumburg-Lippe zu der Hochzeit von Waldemar Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe und Dr. Gertraud-Antonia Wagner-Schöppl
Wir, die Mitglieder des Hauses Schaumburg-Lippe, distanzieren uns von der Hochzeit zwischen Waldemar Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe und Dr. Gertraud-Antonia Wagner-Schöppl. Wir werden der Hochzeitsfeier am 20.08.2008 fernbleiben.
Wir legen Wert auf die Feststellung, dass die unangebrachte und übertriebene Selbstdarstellung des Brautpaares mit unseren Umgangsformen nichts zu tun hat. Wir weisen darauf hin, dass wir weder Frau Dr. Wagner-Schöppl noch ihren Sohn, den adoptierten Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, als Mitglieder unserer Familie anerkennen oder akzeptieren werden.
Alexander Fürst zu Schaumburg-Lippe
Dr. Nadja-Anna Fürstin zu Schaumburg-Lippe
Dr. Eva-Benita Fürstin zu Schaumburg-Lippe
Marie-Alix Herzogin zu Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, geb. Prinzessin zu Schaumburg-Lippe
Wilhelm Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe
Ilona Prinzessin zu Schaumburg-Lippe
Viktoria-Luise Gräfin von Stackelberg-von Goerne, geb. Prinzessin zu Schaumburg-Lippe
Albrecht-Wolfgang Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe
Gertrude Prinzessin zu Schaumburg-Lippe
York Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe
Tatjana Prinzessin zu Schaumburg-Lippe
Christian Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe
Desirée Luel, geb. Prinzessin zu Schaumburg-Lippe
Oliver Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe