Oh, dear TLC is at it again with a second season of Secret Princes, which will premiere on October 25.
Dearest, darling readers, none of the four eligible princes are "royal." Or princes.
The four men who will charm their way in Texas have royal connections, but none -- really -- are ROYAL!
Lord James Rennell is actually Baron Rennell of Rodd, a barony in the peerage of the United Kingdom. The title was created in 1933 for Sir Rennell Rodd, who served as British Ambassador to Italy. He died in 1941, by his second, but eldest surviving son, Francis, who died in 1978 without male issue. The title passed to the 2nd Baron's nephew, John, a rugby player, who succumbed to cancer at the age of 71 in 2006. He was succeeded by his only son, James Roderick David Tremayne Rodd as the 4th Baron. He is styled as Lord Rennell, not Lord James, which would mean he is the younger son of a duke or a marquess. He is not. He is a peer of the realm.
Lord Rennell was born in 1978. The obituary is for his father.
Prince Alexander Mathews is actually a mere commoner, Alexander Francis Mathew, the third of four children of Princess Olga of Russia and Briton Thomas Mathew. They married in 1975, but the marriage was dissolved by 1989. Alexander, who uses the name Francis Mathew, is a freelance photographer. He was a contestant on the Ukraine's edition of The Bachelor.
Alexander is not a prince. His mother, Olga, is the issue of a morganatic marriage between Prince Andrei of Russia and Briton Nadine McDougall. Prince Andrei was eldest son and second of seven children of Grand Duchess Xenia, daughter of Alexander III, and Grand Duke Alexander Milhailovitch of Russia. Having maternal Romanov connections does not make Francis Alexander a prince, let alone of Russian prince. He is a British commoner. Period.
Of his appearance on The Bachelor (Ukraine), Mathew said: "Honestly, the concept is crazy, absolutely crazy." You have to be of a certain mindset to enter a contest like that, I think it takes courage."
Yup, Crazy. Also demeaning, especially when you are pretending to be someone you are not, and you allow an American television network to enable the lie.
Reality TV runs in Alexander's family. Princess Olga appeared on Australian Princess in 2006, as an advisor to the contestants. She inherited Provender House in Faversham, Kent, which has been under restoration for some years now. One can tour the house or rent it for events, such as weddings.
The Hon. Oliver Plunkett, younger son of the late Edward Plunkett, 20th Baron of Dunsany and Maria Alice Villela de Carvalho. The Barony of Dunsany is an Irish peerage. Oliver was born in 1985. His older brother, Randal is the 21st Baron.
There is a family seat, Dunsany Castle, in County Meath, Ireland, but, alas, it was inherited by Oliver's older brother.
Prince Lorenzo d'Medici is the fourth contestant. I could have sworn the male line Medici family died out some centuries ago.
According to this site, which I would call not reliable), Lorenzo is 37 years ago, heir to the "famous Medici dynasty." He allegedly has Polish and Italian "royal" bloodlines ... but bloodlines do not make one a prince. When I find out more information about Lorenzo, I will be include in this post.
Once again, TLC is offering false advertising. None of these four men are princes. One is a British peer, but not a historic title with an estate to match. Another is the son of a morganatic distaff descendant of Alexander III of Russia.