Student pretended to be an Irish ‘lord’ to defend Harry and Meghan amid royal family run – World News
An American student who deceived newspapers around the world into believing he was the “Marquis d’Annaville” confessed that he had invented the title and that he had no aristocratic connection.
Alexander Jackson Maier, a 22-year-old from New Rochelle, New York, claimed his reputation meant he could sympathize with Meghan Markle’s experience of racism within the royal family.
In a now deleted article from the British newspaper The Independent, Maier wrote that he was an Irish peer and a “British black member of the aristocracy”.
Referring to allegations of racism within Harry and Meghan’s monarchy during their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, he said: “As a member of this same aristocracy, I tell you I unequivocally believe they are saying the truth.
“When a white peer inherits or is brought in, you never hear major questions. Whether recorded in Debrett’s or happening with little fanfare, whites entering the aristocracy are greeted with open arms and without questioning.
“It hasn’t been my experience. A ‘show me your papers’ attitude has become a part of my daily existence.”
The Independent was forced to issue a clarification and remove the column after it emerged that the title Maier had created for himself didn’t even exist.
The student also managed to convince the American newspaper St Lucia of his story and wrote an article for them on British colonialism.
He claimed that he had just become Lord Alexander, the 11th Marquess of Annaville and that the part of his family with “inheritance rights” was from Northern Ireland.
After the publication of the two articles, peerage experts and social media users began to wonder if he was telling the truth.
The high society Debrett bible has now confirmed that there is no trace of a “Marquis d’Annaville” in its 250-year history.
“There has never been a creation of the Marquis d’Annaville, and we have not included such a title in our 250 year history. If this title exists, then it is the best kept secret of the ‘history of peerage recording,’ Wendy Bosberry -Scott, of Debrett’s, told The Telegraph.
In May, The Independent published a correction to Maier’s article: “On March 12, 2021, we published an article titled:” I am a black member of the British aristocracy. I love the Royal Family – but I know what Meghan said was true. , ‘written by Alexander Maier-Dlamini in which he was described as the’ Marquis d’Annaville – the last of the Irish peerages.
“This was incorrect, there is no Marquis d’Annaville in the Irish peerage. The Independent has not been able to verify the titles (if any) of Alexander Maier-Dlamini.”
Maier has since “apologized greatly” for his lies and admitted that he shouldn’t have made up the title, reports The Telegraph.
He told the newspaper: “There is no title in the peerage that concerns me. I apologize very much to the institutions involved in a mechanism like this, many of which are obviously not familiar.”