The BBC’s Right Royal Send Up
You may have seen the previews of BBC Three’s programme ‘The Undercover Princes’. It claims to be a documentary that takes three royal princes out of their privileged environment and into a shared house in Brighton, all in an attempt to help them find true love by the British seaside. It looks quite hilarious and kind of romantic. There’s just one problem though – are they really princes, or is someone winding us up?
According to the BBC, the three brave bachelors are: India’s Crown Prince Manvendra – hmm, interesting; South Africa’s Prince Africa Zulu of Onkweni Royal House, Zululand – woah! Prince Africa of the what-the-who-now?…and then there’s Prince Remigius, of Jaffna, Sri Lanka. This is when alarm bells started ringing in my head. One small detail, my blog-reading friends, this just happens to be the Motherland of your dedicated TVGuide.co.uk blogger. I therefore happen to know there is no royal family in Sri Lanka. Come to think of it, why would there be one in India or South Africa? Hang on, who are these people?!
Having done a bit of research on the old internet, I have discovered these men claim to be descendants of their country’s royal family from hundreds of years ago. That’s fair enough – but come on now Remigius, are you really? The royal family in Sri Lanka died out in the early 1600s – so we’re talking about someone who claims to be a descendant of a family dating back over 400 years! What poor unsuspecting BBC exec fell for this? I bet some window-cleaner from Colombo turned up in a rented period drama costume, claiming to be a prince that’s unlucky in love. Fast-forward several months and the BBC are paying his way in a house in Brighton and sending him off to local bars and speed-dating. Boy, that’s one lucky window-cleaner! Ok, so he might actually be a really, really, really distant relative of a royal. Maybe. Or possibly he’s just a techie who knows how to create a website, with an impressive knowledge of royal ancestry to boot. Or maybe he’s just a window-cleaner.
I’m sure this programme provides much entertainment for the viewer, but take it as just that – entertainment. I for one won’t be losing too much sleep thinking of these poor “princes” (using the term loosely) not being able to find love in their home countries – maybe they would get more ladies if they stopped wearing those outfits and calling themselves princes when they live in a republic! To sum it up, I’d say these ‘Undercover Princes’ are probably more undercover than you think!