Coming To America Part 2: See How This Lady Became A Princess After Marrying An Ethiopian Prince Who Disguised Himself

This is surely our very own favorite movie ‘Coming To America’ re-enacted in real life.

Here is the gist of how 33-year-old Ariana Austin married an Ethiopian prince and is living the life of the Royals.

Ariana met Joel Makonnen an Ethiopian prince at a Washington DC nightclub 12 years ago. Joel, who works as a lawyer, told her there and then that she was going to be his girlfriend.

Though he never told her then that he was a Prince, however after they got serious with their relationship, Joel told Ariana who he married in a lavish Ethiopian Orthodox Christian wedding with 13 priests, two crowns, and a pair of capes on 9 September, that he was a Prince. Makonnen is a great-grandson of the last Emperor of Ethiopia, Emperor Haile Selassie I, through Prince Makonnen.

In an interview with The New York Times about their first encounter, Joel said: “I said: ‘You guys look like an ad for Bombay Sapphire’. Not even five minutes later I said: ‘You’re going to be my girlfriend’.”

Ariana said she is excited to be part of a family that traces its heritage back to the Biblical King Solomon and Queen of Sheba. She said: “It’s unbeatable heritage and history. It combines sheer black power and ancient Christian tradition.”

Prince Joel who was born in Rome to his parents Prince David Makonnen and Princess Adey Imru Makonnen, and is the great-grandson of Haile Selassie I, Ethiopia’s last emperor.

Haile Selassie was the 225th and last in the line of King of the Kings of Ethiopia, ruling the east African country for 40 years until he was overthrown in 1974. The royal family traces its roots back to the Biblical King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.

The marriage ceremony of Joel who had been forced to live in exile after a communist coup in his homeland, took place in Maryland and involved a “marathon day of events that lasted from 11 a.m. until late in the evening, and took place within two states.”

Speaking to The New York Times about their first encounter, Joe said: “I said: ‘You guys look like an ad for Bombay Sapphire’. Not even five minutes later I said: ‘You’re going to be my girlfriend’.”

Joel’s father had escaped the bl00dshed in his homeland because he was studying abroad at the time. The family subsequently settled in Switzerland.

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