Who is Alexander Maier? Student, 22, who claimed he was 'Black British' royal FAKED identity
After his deception was uncovered, an American student who fooled journalists all over the world into believing he was an Irish peer and the 'Marquess of Annaville' admitted he was wrong to lie, papers reported on Sunday, June 26. Maier described himself as an Irish peer and a "Black British member of the aristocracy" in a now-deleted article for the British news outlet The Independent.
In another incident of false identity, a Pennsylvania DoorDash driver, 22, posed as former president Donald Trump's family member to scam MAGA backers. In February, a Tennessee man impersonating Barack Obama forged his signature on a gun permit application.
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The British royal family is notorious for its racism and for not letting colored people into the firm. In a shocking interview with Oprah Winfrey in March this year, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry accused the royal family of racism, among other things. The royal family, referred to as "the firm" or "the institution" by the couple, refused to give their son, Archie, a title or protection because he is half-African-American, according to the couple. Doria Ragland, Meghan's mother, is African-American.
I mean, who exactly is Alexander Jackson Maier, also known as Alexander Maier Dlamini also known as Marquess of Annaville? pic.twitter.com/c5LkSsiOgL— CamburgBahnhof (@CamburgBahnhof) March 13, 2021
Who is Alexander Maier?
Alexander Jackson Maier-DIamini is an African-American student, 22, from New Rochelle, New York. His bio on The Post Millennial reads: "Alexander Jackson Maier is a political consultant turned commentator. He contributes analysis on US and Canadian affairs."
Maier claimed that because of his status, he could empathize with Meghan Markle's racism within the royal family. Maier also claimed in a February column in an American newspaper that he had just been appointed Lord Alexander, the 11th Marquess of Annaville, and that the 'hereditary right' came from Northern Ireland, the Daily Mail reported.
He said, according to the Mirror: "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," he added. "That hasn't been my experience. A 'show me your papers' attitude has become part of my daily existence."
Thread: As Marquess of Annaville is trending, let me do a journalism for @Independent which deleted its fake royal story without explanation. This seems more than a prank? Maybe follow up with the conservative, political blogger author?https://t.co/ZZFp475oFD #MeghanAndHarry pic.twitter.com/GmsKEQB66I— CamburgBahnhof (@CamburgBahnhof) March 13, 2021
But not everything was as it seemed, and experts have since discovered that Maier made up his titles rather than being the last of a long line of Irish peers. After it was discovered that the title Maier had created for himself did not exist, thanks to peerage experts and social media users checking the veracity of his claim, the Independent was forced to issue a clarification and remove the column. The student was also able to persuade the St Lucia newspaper in the United States to publish his story, prompting them to write an article for them about British colonialism.
According to The Telegraph, Maier has since 'apologized greatly' for his lies and admitted that he should not have made up the title. "There is no title in the peerage related to me whatsoever. I do apologize greatly to those institutions involved with a mechanism like this, many of which I'm obviously not familiar with," he told the newspaper.
"There has never been a creation of the Marquess of Annaville, and we have not included such a title in our 250-year history. If this title does exist, then it's the best kept secret in the history of peerage recording," Wendy Bosberry-Scott, from Debrett's, told The Telegraph.