A few of the Real Housewives have Royal titles. On The Real Housewives of New York, Luann De Lesseps was married to a Count, which meant that she was a Countess until she later remarried. Luann loved her title and came out with the book Class With The Countess and a song titled Money Can’t Buy You Class. There is more royalty on the RHONY, as alum Carole Radziwill is a Princess. When Danielle Staub from The Real Housewives of New Jersey recently got engaged, there were stories swirling around that he was a Duke and that meant that Danielle would become a Duchess when they married. However; it turns out that Oliver Maier isn’t actually the Duke of Provence, but he is a descendant of a Duke. Luann recently reacted to how Danielle was almost going to have a title, too!
On an episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Luann discussed the topic. Andy asked Luann what her reaction was to the news that Danielle was going to become a Duchess. Luann said, “I don’t know anything about it, I only heard about it. So I don’t know from what Dukeness he comes from. But good for her!”
Do different types of Royals all hang out and get along? “Sure, why not,” she answered. Which title is higher? Luann quickly answered, “Countess!” She laughed and explained, “There’s Countess, Duchess, then Princess.”
Andy then pointed out that if Danielle becomes a Duchess, it’ll be a higher title. Luann said, “Oh she’s a Baroness which is different. No. I think it’s a Baroness.” Luann then asked, “Didn’t you just ask me baroness? Well if it’s Duchess then she would be, but I thought it was Baroness.” Either way Luann is happy for Danielle. Luann said, “But that’s okay, I’m all about girls succeeding!”
According to Page Six, Oliver isn’t really a Duke and Danielle won’t be a Duchess if they get married. They reported, “Oliver Maier says he’s the Duke of Provence, there’s actually no such thing. Provence was inherited by King Louis XI of France in 1481 and subsequently became part of the French royal domain – making Maier’s title obsolete.” Apparently he is a descendant of the Duke from 700 years ago, according to insiders. Danielle’s plans to get married are on hold, as her daughters didn’t want her rushing into another marriage too soon. There were rumors that Danielle and Oliver split, however; Danielle set the record straight on her live stories on social media.
I love when Real Housewives have Royal titles! Maybe they’ll get another one soon? Hint, hint, Bravo!
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