An American student who tricked newspapers around the world into believing he was the ‘Marquess of Annaville’ has confessed he invented the title and has no aristocratic ties.
Alexander Jackson Maier, a 22-year-old from New Rochelle in New York State, claimed his standing meant he could sympathise with Meghan Markle’s experience of racism within the royal family.
In a now-deleted article for British news outlet The Independent, Maier wrote that he was an Irish peer and a “black British member of the aristocracy”.
Referring to Harry and Meghan’s allegations of racism within the monarchy during their bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview, he said: “As a member of that same aristocracy, I’m telling you that I unequivocally believe that they are telling the truth.
“When a white peer either inherits or is brought in, never do you hear major questions. Whether it is recorded in Debrett’s or happens with little fanfare, white people entering the aristocracy are welcomed with open arms and no interrogation.
“That hasn’t been my experience. A ‘show me your papers’ attitude has become part of my daily existence.”
The Independent was forced to issue a clarification and take the column down after it emerged that the title Maier had created for himself didn’t even exist.
The student also managed to convince US newspaper St Lucia of his story and wrote…