Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Who is Prince Max?

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

18 comments:

Tracey said...

I saw the episode of Millionaire Matchmaker last night and while Max seems like a lovely person, he certainly did pull the wool over everyone's eyes. I cannot read German but it looks like from the post that he was adopted in 2008. Very strange. Seems he must have just done it for the title. If his step dad had adopted him as a child, it would be different (not the title but the circumstance) and more acceptable and many step dad's adopt children at a young age if the birth father is not involved.

John said...

Blech. Reminds me of Frederic, Prinz von Anhalt (Mr Zsa Zsa Gabor)

Rocky said...

Wait. So is Prince Max a real member of the royal family? It wasn't quite clear to me from the article.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Rocky, you might try reading the article one more time. I make it quite clear that Waldemar adopted Mario Max, which allows Max to HAVE THE SURNAME Prinz zu Schaumburg Lippe, according to German law. Titles have not existed in Germany since 1919. Max is not a member of the Princely family of Schaumburg-Lippe because he was adopted. Waldemar is not his father,

Movie Fan said...

What a liar he was! He practically painted the picture that he was an heir to a throne - he find out that he was only adopted a few years ago and wasn't even raised in the "royal" family makes his seem disingenuous.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Max was adopted as an adult, several years ago.

acowguy said...

He laid it on. Statements like I have to be careful because of who I am....Don't they screen these guys?

acowguy said...

Wow, just watched the show. He really laid it on. Comments, I have to watch telling people who i am because of my family. Something seemed fake from get go.

KaKe said...

Actually, the article states that he was adopted in 2008, which means that it has only been a few years since the adoption.

blower said...

In 2010 there was a dutch reality show called "Coming to Holland". As you may have guessed the show's inspired by the movie Coming to America. The reality show follows three princes that try to find true love in Holland and guess what prince Max was in it too. He seems to like reality tv and then in particular the dating genre.

He was outed by dutch press as being a fake prince. He had himself adopted by an elderly lady and apparently he's been in quite a few commercials, takes pictures with other celebrities, glamour models and started a clothing line. He started ranting about the dutch media being nazis and compared his treatment to the prosecution of jews during WWII.

So, it's just a pathetic little man who wants to on tv and live a fabulous and grand life.

alyciaengel said...

...but is he a millionaire? lol

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

I doubt that Max is a millionaire

Robert Koehler said...

He may not be technical royalty, but for that matter neither is his stepfather. You made it a point to state his LEGAL name, but in English that name is "Max, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe".... So he can't refer to himself as Prince Max, but can refer to himself as Max, Prince of.....

Give the guy a break. He may not have so called "royal blood" (which is a myth anyway, all humans are born equal in dignity and rights), but he is still LEGALLY called a Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe. That's good enough for me

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

The surname does not get translated to Max, Prince of Schaumburg Lippe. My surname is Koenig .. I am not Marlene King.

Max's stepfather is a member of the princely family of Schaumburg-Lippe. Titles are used socially, but not on legal documents. When someone such as Marie Auguste von Anhalt or Waldemar of Schaumburg-Lippe adopts an adult (usually for money, Marie Auguste was impoverished and adopted a number of people, including Robert Lichtenberg)- that person gets a surname Prinz von Anhalt, Prinz von Schaumburg Lippe --AS A SURNAME, which is not translated into English as Prince of Schaumburg Lippe would be. Mario Max is not recognized as a member of the princely family by the head of the house. Even Waldemar's OLDER brother has stated that Mario is not a member of the princely family. His legal surname is Prinz von Schaumburg-Lippe, but NOT ever Prince of Schaumburg Lippe .. surnames are never translated ... learn to understand titles better. thanks for playing

Mike said...

I found on german tv on youtube and he is refered to as a prince he has the right to be called whatever he wants kate middleton was not born a princess either but she has a coutesy title william and harry also hold courtesy titles of prince michael jackson and elvis are called kings atleast this guy is adopted royalty thats good enough for me

Adriana Muniz said...

Anyway, what an akward chin!!! lol

Brandon Wells said...

I think you should do your research he is actually number 1499 in line for the throne because he is a descendant of George II through his daughter queen Louisa of denmark and Norway

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Dear Brandon,

Do not mess with a master of royal genealogy and royal frauds. Mario WAS ADOPTED. He is not a prince, not a member of princely family of Schaumburg-Lippe, and only has the surname Prinz von Schaumburg-Lippe (legally, royalty ceased to exist in Germany in 1919, titles became a part of the surname.)

He is poseur, a fraud, not a prince, a fake, his adopted father a little looney, and certainly not the head of any family. So now go back under the rock from which you came.