Fake Prince Harry Reality Show Makes Us Highly Uncomfortable

A new Fox reality series entitled “I Wanna Marry Harry” will debut this summer and judging from its 30-second trailer released today, it may surge “The Bachelor” into the height of competitive dating civility.

On the show, 12 American women are shipped off to the palatial Englefield Estate in Berkshire and are pegged against each other to vie for the attention of a guy that looks like Prince Harry. But here’s the catch — they think he actually is Prince Harry.

On the show, the producers convince the contestants that they could win a “royal fairy tale wedding” (just try to get that imagery out of your head) with their bachelor, Harry. However, “Harry” is actually most-definitely-not-royal dude, Matthew Hicks, who tells the camera, “I really hope I have what it takes to pull it off.”

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Of course, high levels of production trickery are pulled to allude that Hicks is not-so-secretly that member of the royal family and the women are sent into a crown-chasing frenzy that will probably make for excellent — albeit, totally soul-crushing — TV. Then on the final episode, Hicks will reveal his true identity to the chosen contestant. If the series goes anything like its hoaxing predecessor “Joe Millionaire,” the reveal may come with some sort of significant cash prize should his chosen decide that his “average bloke” status is still enough and it really is true reality TV love! But this is TBD.

For now, we’re wondering what’s the legality of the deceptive nature of the series, considering real life Prince Harry is currently a Captain in the British Army — not to mention an extremely significant title-holder in the British Monarchy. Impersonation of an ambiguous millionaire is one thing, but a ranked military personnel may be another, especially if unawarded decoration is involved.

According to Fox, it’s up to their bachelor “to convince them he’s regal,” so maybe it’ll play out with a fun, “All on you, Hicks!” twist. We’ll be interested to see how Hicks tiptoes around the subject, but given our impression of the contestants in the preview (“Prince Harry, Harry Potter, I don’t care.”), we don’t expect them to be asking hard-hitting questions any time soon.

“I Wanna Marry” premieres Tuesday, May 27 at 8 p.m. on Fox.

h/t CBS