FAKE PRINCE OF BEL HEIR Humiliating moment Harry poses with Z-list German ‘fake prince’ dubbed King of Trash TV who starred in show Travel Boobs

PRINCE Harry posed for a humiliating selfie with a Z-list German “fake prince” dubbed the “King of Trash TV”.

The Duke of Sussex accepted the Living Legend of Aviation award at a ceremony hosted by John Travolta in Beverly Hills, California, on Friday.

The Duke of Sussex was seen beaming in a selfie alongside Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe at the Beverly Hills Hilton
The Duke of Sussex was seen beaming in a selfie alongside Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe at the Beverly Hills Hilton
Mario-Max has had his credibility as a 'real prince' questioned
Mario-Max has had his credibility as a ‘real prince’ questioned
Mario-Max Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe once appeared on the German version of Big Brother
Mario-Max Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe once appeared on the German version of Big Brother

At the ceremony, Harry was seen beaming in a selfie alongside Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe at the Beverly Hills Hilton.

But it has been revealed that the Prince’s right to use that title is hotly contested.

Mario-Max, 46, was not a Prince by birth and only took on the royal title because his adopted mother married Prince Waldemar zu Schaumburg-Lippe.

He was then adopted by his stepfather and chose to take the title of Prince in 2008.

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Mario-Max has since been accused of “harvesting the family name” with the Duke of Sussex warned to stay away from him.

The head of the family, Prince Alexander of Schaumburg-Lippe, told The Mail on Sunday last night: “It’s very painful for me, this guy has been harvesting our name for his personal gain.

“Prince Harry cannot stoop lower than appearing with him. I would advise him to stay away from this man.”

Mario-Max – who claims he has the right to use the royal title after he was adopted by a distant relative of the family – has been dubbed “the King of Trash TV” in the German Press.

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He gained his reputation after appearing on the local version of Big Brother, and hawking products on shopping channels including a so-called “wealth elixir”.

And the “fake prince” also once appeared in a saucy internet series called Travel Boobs.

The series synopsis reads: “Three female friends look to run away from their problems but end up in a never ending road trip from hell.”

Mario-Max only appeared on one episode of the 2016 web series which largely flopped with an average rating of 4 out of 10, according to IMDb.

Meanwhile, in the SBS6 program ‘Coming to Holland: Prince Seeks Woman’, he pretended that he belonged to the nobility and was a real German prince, which in reality was not the case.

According to German media, he and his mother are reportedly not recognised as members of the House of Schaumburg-Lippe.

After the posting the selfie with Prince Harry on Instagram, Mario-Max attracted a number of comments.

One wrote: “So cringe. Two irrelevant middle-aged men without serious pursuit using their titles to grift in superficial Hollywood.”

Another commented: “I’m embarrassed for both of you. This must be a joke.”

Mario-Max was born in 1977 in Salzburg, Austria as Mario-Helmut Wagner, son of Helmut Wagner and Gertraud-Antonia Wagner-Schöppl.

He was adopted in 2001 by Helga Claire Lee Roderbourg, the widow of Prince Max zu Schaumburg-Lippe.

Mario-Max then changed his surname from Wagner to Schaumburg-Lippe.

At his mother’s wedding in 2008, he was adopted again, this time by his mother’s new husband, Prince Waldemar zu Schaumburg-Lippe, the cousin of his former adoptive mother.

Mario-Max then chose to add Prince to his first names.

Despite this, Mario-Max profiles himself on his family’s website as ‘His Highness, Seine Hoheit Dr. Prince Mario-Max Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe’.

He also calls himself ‘Erbprinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe-Nachod’ several times – a title that does not exist at all.

On his website, Mario-Max even boasts of connections stretching back to William of Orange, which would make him a very, very distant cousin of the British Royals.

At the ceremony, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe said that “Prince Harry is a global icon no matter what”.

He added: “Getting an award of this level is wonderful and that’s a good match.”

It comes as Harry made no reference to dad King Charles or Kate Middleton’s health shock in his aviation hall of fame speech.

It is the first time Harry has been seen in public since Kate Middleton’s abdominal surgery and King Charles’ enlarged prostate diagnosis.

Kate is expected to stay at the private London Clinic for up to 14 days before going home to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor.

And yesterday morning, King Charles was seen for the first time since the Palace revealed he faces prostate treatment in just a few days.

But the Duke of Sussex made no mention of his family’s recent hospital visits.

Instead, Harry made a joke about John Travolta, who famously danced with his mum Diana, at The White House in 1985.

“I was one years old when you danced with my mum, as you told everybody here and continue to dine out on that probably every single night. But look at us now,” Harry said of the iconic moment.

“If we’re not going to dance together, we’ll fly together.”

He went on to thank the “living legends of aviation for this incredible honour” adding that he is “proud to be recognised among such a dynamic and inspiring group of individuals”.

But Harry’s award sparked fury among military experts who believe the Duke of Sussex doesn’t deserve it.

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Retired military officer Colonel Richard Kemp said Prince Harry falls short in military accomplishments to be entitled to the award, which he slammed as an exercise in “celebrities massaging each other’s egos.”

And Colonel Kemp claimed that the Duke was only “number two” in his helicopter in Afghanistan.

Mario Max appeared in one epsiode of the 2016 flop series Travel Boobs
Mario Max appeared in one epsiode of the 2016 flop series Travel Boobs
Prince Alexander of Schaumburg-Lippee said that Mario-Max had been 'harvesting' the family name for his own gain
Prince Alexander of Schaumburg-Lippee said that Mario-Max had been ‘harvesting’ the family name for his own gain
Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe with Her Highness Princess Antonia Schaumburg-Lippe and H.H Prince Waldemar
Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe with Her Highness Princess Antonia Schaumburg-Lippe and H.H Prince Waldemar
Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, Rolise Rachel and Cameron Silver attend Jean Shafiroff Hosts Historical Society of Palm Beach
Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, Rolise Rachel and Cameron Silver attend Jean Shafiroff Hosts Historical Society of Palm Beach
Harry made no reference to Kate or Charles in his speech after accepting the award
Harry made no reference to Kate or Charles in his speech after accepting the award
Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe said Harry was a 'global icon'
Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe said Harry was a ‘global icon’
The Duke of Sussex pictured leaving the awards ceremony
The Duke of Sussex pictured leaving the awards ceremony

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