An American student who tricked newspapers across the globe into believing he was an Irish peer and the ‘Marquess of Annaville’ has confessed he was wrong to lie after his fraud was exposed.
Alexander Jackson Maier, an African-American student from New Rochelle in New York state, claimed he had the title of Lord Alexander, 11th Marquess of Annaville and convinced newspapers in the UK and US of his new title.
In a since deleted article, he wrote a column for British newspaper The Independent arguing that claims by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, of racism in the Royal family to be true as a ‘black British member of the aristocracy’.
Maier, 22, also wrote a column in an American newspaper in February claiming that he had just become Lord Alexander, the 11th Marquess of Annaville and said the part of his family that carried the ‘hereditary right came from Northern Ireland‘.
Alexander Jackson Maier (right), an African-American student from New Rochelle in New York state, claimed he had the title of Lord Alexander, 11th Marquess of Annaville and convinced newspapers in the UK and US of his new title.
But it was not all as it seemed and experts have since revealed that Mr Maier made up his titles – rather than being the last of a long line of Irish peers.
Maier has since ‘apologised greatly’ for his lies and admitted that he should not have made up the title, reports The Telegraph.
In an article, published by the Independent in March this year, he wrote in a column…