Seriously, the two authors of this equally fatuous article have fallen prey to utter stupidity. A little research would have changed the entire premise of this article. Nightline might even have dropped the story after realizing that the program is not based on facts.
Check the opening line: "It's every girl's dream to find her prince, and the reality is, there are quite a few of them out there."
True and false. It's not every girl's dream. Some girls want to be lawyers or doctors or soccer players. Yes, there are a lot of princes "out there," but none of them are appearing in this program.
"Lord" Robert Walters is best known as an underwear model, but he is not entitled to call himself Lord Robert. Lord Robert would mean one of two things: younger son of a duke or younger son of a marquess. He is neither. He has inherited a Lordship of a Manor. Lords of the Manor are feudal titles, but are not peerages. A Lord of the Manor cannot call himself Lord Robert, example. He is pretending to be someone he is not: the younger son of a duke or a marquess.
It is also difficult to trace one's bloodline back to Henry VIII. He does not have any known descendants. It is not known for sure if Henry was the father of Catherine Carey, the elder child of Mary Boleyn.
In England, a Lordship of a Manor is recognized as a form of propriety. A good percentage of Lordships remain within the families, but others have been sold. Lord Spencer sold several of his Lordships of the Manor several years ago.
From the FAQ on what can be used in a British passport:
A Manorial title (i.e. Lord of the Manor) is not a title of nobility and may be bought and sold by the owner of the property to which the title refers. The Lord Lyon King of Arms has also confirmed that for Scottish Lairds it is not necessary for the words "Laird of" to appear on any part of a passport. Requests from applicants and passport holders for Manorial titles and Scottish Lairds to be included in their passports may be accepted providing documentary evidence is submitted, and recorded in the passport with the observation e.g.:THE HOLDER IS THE LORD OF THE MANOR OF.......................
But it should be noted that the person cannot call himself as Lord Christian name surname.
In other words, Robert Walters is not a prince. He is also not a noble. A commoner. Period.
Salauddinkhan Babi is the eldest son of Nawab Babi Shri Muhammed Salabat Skhaji, whose family once ruled the princely state of Babi, now Balasinor.
The family's palace is now a hotel, the Garden Palace Hotel. Apparently, the place burned down some years, and the family built the new home in the 1940s.
The Hon, Ludovic Watson is the younger son of the 4th Baron Manton. His elder brother is heir to the peerage. Children of peers of the realm are commoners. The only people in the UK who are not commoners are the Sovereign and Peers of the Realm. The Duke of Cambridge is a peer of the realm. Prince Harry is legally a commoner.
Ludo's father is the 4th Baron Manton. He is the great-grandson of Joseph Watson (1873-1922), who turned his family's soap business into a major company, a rival to Lever. Watson sold the business to Lever Brothers. In 1922, Watson was elevated to Baron Manton of Compton Verney for his work in munitions during the first world war. The new Lord Manton had recently purchased Compton Verney in Warwickshire, a Robert Adams stately home, but he never lived there, having died a year after purchasing the house. His son, Miles, lived at Compton Verney for several years before selling it.
In other words, the Mantons are nouveau nobility.
This brings us to Don Francisco de Borbon y von Hardenberg, who is the son and heir of Don Francisco de Paul de Borbon y Ecasany, Duke of Seville, Grandee of Spain. The Duke of Seville is a fourth cousin of King Juan Carlos of Spain. No princely titles.
Don Francisco's father works as a banker. No palace. No grand home.
This kinship does not make the Duke of Seville a member of the Spanish Royal family. He has been married three times. His first wife was Countess Beatrice von Hardenberg, the daughter of Count Gunther von Hardenburg and Princess Maria Josefa zu Fürstenberg. The Cisco kid is not even the heir to the Seville dukedom. Since 2009, Spanish titles of nobility are inherited by the eldest child, not the eldest son. Thus, Cisco's eldest sister, Olivia. is the heiress apparent to the Seville dukedom.
TLC is trying to pull the wool over American eyes, and I am telling TLC, I have opened the barn door, and I am leaving it open. I will admit that there are some Americans who are soooooo naive (Honey Boo Boo's mother, for example), who will lap this froth up. But let me say right here, right now, from someone who knows a lot about royalty: TLC is making it all up, and allow people to be someone they are not!
I cannot believe Nightline is actually covering this story - and two!!! distaff "journalists" who wrote this article should have actually done some real research. ABC News has fallen into the gutter ... what a shame.
This reminds of a HBO series, Born Rich (2003) where one of the alleged Richie Rich kids was "Carlo von Zeitschel," who claimed he was the great-grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II ... and an Italian count and a German baron!
Let's just say, none of the above is more accurate.
A review that has a link to Royal Musings ... woo hoo!