U.S. Reality Show Contestants Vie for Love of 'Prince Harry'

How well do Americans really know the British royal family?

In a new U.S. reality TV show, 12 American women compete to win the heart of Britain's Prince Harry -- or, at least, a man they are led to think is Prince Harry. In fact, their eligible Englishman is look-alike redhead Matt Hicks, 23.

None of the women was told the man they were meeting in the English countryside was the younger son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana.

But for six weeks, Hicks pretended to be Harry, presenting details of the royal's life story as his own. He even mentioned the recent birth of a nephew.

The real Prince Harry (left) in London earlier this month; Prince Harry lookalike and star of the reality dating show, The real Prince Harry (left) in London earlier this month; Prince Harry lookalike and star of the reality dating show, "I Wanna Marry Harry" Matthew Hicks (right) /AP

TV channel Fox is behind the dating competition. The first episode of I Wanna Marry "Harry" airs Tuesday night.

The new show is similar to one Fox broadcast in 2003, called Joe Millionaire, which invited women to compete for a man they thought was rich, only to find out he was not.

American reality dating shows, such as ABC's The Bachelor, have proven extremely popular since they emerged more than a decade ago.

VOA News / May 21, 2014 08:12 KST