'Royal Expert' Revealed as Non-British Tommy Muscatello of New York
The man who calls himself "Mr. Monarchy" isn't British at all.
A posh British accent screams upper class Englishman — except in the case of "royal expert" Thomas J. Mace-Archer-Mills, who has been exposed as a guy who is actually from upstate New York.
The 38-year-old is a familiar face on television stations around the world, often interviewed for royal matters, including Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding.
But the founder of the British Monarchist Society and editor of Crown and Country magazine is actually American, born in Bolton Landing, a small town in New York State located about 200 miles from New York City.
"I was born in upstate New York," he told Inside Edition. "I’ve never said I was born in Great Britain. No one has ever asked me. My place of birth is simply not relevant to the types of interviews that I’m doing."
The man who calls himself “Mr. Monarchy” is actually Tommy Muscatello, who credits his new British identity to years spent in New York and South Carolina studying history and the British monarchy.
He said he acquired his accent “through online courses and also practicing with people that I consider close friends and family,” similar to the method used by Margaret Thatcher, who altered her accent with the help of a voice coach before becoming prime minister in 1979.
After years of traveling in Europe, Thomas eventually settled in the United Kingdom and founded the British Monarchist Society, an organization promoting history and education of the Crown.
But, there’s little trace of American roots on the organization’s website.
"Being British is an institution in its own right," he said. "Citizenship is irrelevant. Being American does not take away from [my] knowledge."
As for his last name of Mace-Archer-Mills, which Inside Edition’s royal correspondent Victoria Arbiter called a “caricature,” Thomas said it is made of the family names of people who have adopted him into their own family.
“Muscatello is my name at birth, but it is no longer my legal name,” he said. “My family name is a representation of who I am."
In response to the Wall Street Journal article exposing his actual identity, Thomas said he is now looking into anti-bullying charities he can support.
As for the British Monarchist Society, Thomas said he has no plans to stop.
"All of that study — that can never be taken away from me," he said. "What I possess and that sort of education is what makes me an expert."
He said he is now applying for British citizenship.
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