Secret Princes—What Makes European Nobility Go ‘Undercover’ On U.S. Reality TV Dating Show?

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Posted by on 10/24/2013 at 4:06 PM Exclusive

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Secret Princes is making a return to U.S. TV screens this Friday.

The bachelors starring in the second season of the hit TLC show include Prince Alexander of Russia – Direct descendent of the Romanoff dynasty; Prince Lorenzo de’ Medici of Italy – Heir to the famous Medici dynasty; Lord James Rennell of Rodd – 4th Baron Rennell and The Honourable Oliver Plunkett of Dunsany – Heir to the Barony of Dunsany.

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On the show, the men keep their noble roots a secret—taking on the persona of a regular Joe—as they look for love stateside.

So, what makes these highly eligible and elite bachelors head to the U.S. and go undercover in the name of love? Popdust has an exclusive interview with one of the Secret Princes—and his answers may be surprising to many.

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The Honourable Oliver Plunkett of Dunsany hails from Ireland, is 28 years old and lives in the 900 year old Dunsany castle and runs his own computer game company. According to his bio, Oliver enjoys socializing in members-only social clubs, playing croquet and skiing.

Popdust: What made you decide to do the show?

Oliver: Had I been approached a few years ago I probably would of declined the show but, this opportunity came about during a big time of change for me. I had lost my father and was very focused on my career. But the reality of the situation was that I was using my career and my constant study to hide from the world. I took the death of my father very hard and I felt trapped. I closed myself off and convinced myself I was happy. The show came about during a time when I desired a change. I had got in the habit in recent years to make excuses and stay in my comfort zone. I refused to do that anymore and I was determined to rediscover my old self to experience the world again. So I decided what better way to do that, than do something I never thought I would do!

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Popdust: How did your family and react to your decision to do the show?

Oliver: With hysterical laughter! My brother could not believe that I accepted to do it. Once the hours of laughing stopped and the actual idea of what I was about to do sank in; my brother actually was quite receptive. I gave a lot of myself to stay in Ireland in order to help with the responsibilities laid down upon our shoulders after the loss of my father. My brother felt that at least I would have a good laugh out in Texas and perhaps find a beautiful young lady!

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Popdust: What are you looking for in a woman?

Oliver: I am someone that looks for a deeper connection. The beauty that truly attracts me is the beauty of the mind. The mystery and infinite depth of a personality electrifies my soul and makes me feel alive. I feel that people are too focused on physical traits simply because we are told what to like. Beautiful women are of course attractive but can easily be corrupted by vanity. Every lady I have dated has been very different and because of that, each relationship has been special. So in essence what I look for in a woman is someone I can spend all my time with and never feel bored.

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Popdust: Who would your parents like you to marry?

Oliver: Well my mother has always imagined a fairytale wedding where I would marry a beautiful princess. The reality is that my mother and my late father always wanted me to be happy. So long as the lady I choose puts a smile on my face and has truly genuine feelings for me then I would be living up to the standards of my wonderful family.

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Popdust: How are American women different to those from your homeland?

Oliver: I don’t like to generalize and honestly I have been brought up in an international environment. I have been educated in Switzerland, Ireland, England and Holland so my experiences are not so limited as to be able to do a cultural comparison. I am used to a wide variety of culture much like how it is in America. Americans have some of the most varied culture and because of that, has the largest variety of individualism that I have come across without having to cross borders. It reminds me of the amount of people that I would meet while traveling around when I was younger. Rather than seeing the differences I see the similarities and familiarities that I felt in my past.

Popdust: Was it difficult to keep your true identity a secret?

Oliver: It’s funny that you ask that question! Before I started the show I thought that keeping my identity would be easy. I figured that I would be like a secret agent or something with a false identity. Unfortunately I never realized how much we rely on our names. It’s the little things that made it difficult. For example, people tend to notice that you don’t respond to people shouting your name. It all leads to suspicion! The worst thing is when you begin introducing yourself with Oliver and about halfway through remember your name is supposed to be Luke! So you end up saying your name is Ook! Or the worst thing that would happen is when you forget what your name is because you get so confused. So… Was it hard keeping my identity a secret? Your damn right it was!

Popdust: Did you feel bad lying to the girls?

Oliver: I had mixed feelings about this. I generally felt bad lying to everyone and not just the lovely ladies we met. I met some truly wonderful people that I could easily see myself being friends with. What made me feel bad was that I lied to them the moment we met. But that all pales in comparison with the lies I had to tell to the ladies that I had an interest in. I felt that in not being able to tell them my name that I was misrepresenting myself. I would often ask myself will they ever be able to get used to my real name? Lying about my identity created a feeling of insecurity and also made me feel dishonest.

Popdust: Have you found true love?

Oliver: If I were to answer that question then I would spoil a truly wonderful story. I hope that you and your audience will take the time to go on this journey with me and experience it for yourselves. All I will say is there were ups and downs but it is one hell of a story and I am happy that it has been documented. So please make sure to tune into TLC’s Secret Princes to see for yourself!

You can catch Oliver in action on the season premiere of Secret Princes on TLC Friday 9/8c

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