Fairy Tale Come True: Woman gets her ‘happily ever after’ when she married a real life prince she met at a nightclub

Image via Ariana Austin Makonnen's Instagram account

Have you ever thought of a fairy tale story and a knight-in-shining-armor for yourself? But discarded the idea because it just seems impossible to happen?

Well, cheer up as it couldn’t be that impossible after all; just like this woman who’s been so lucky to find a real-life prince.

She is Ariana Austin, 33 years old, and her story began when she was on a night out with a friend when they were approached by Joel Makonnen, who works as a lawyer, in the Pearl nightclub in Washington DC.

Her now husband, Prince Joel, told The New York Times, as disclosed in an Independent story, about their first encounter: “I said: “You guys look like an ad for Bombay Sapphire.” 

“Not even five minutes later I said: ‘You’re going to be my girlfriend,” he said; referring to one of the two ladies — Austin.

He didn’t immediately reveal that night that he is actually an Ethiopian prince, great-grandson of Haile Selassie I, Ethiopia’s last emperor. The two were already exclusively dating when Makonnen eventually decided to reveal his royal heritage.

The prince was born in Rome to parents Prince David Makonnen and Princess Adey Imru Makonnen who had been forced to live in exile after a communist coup in his homeland.

Because of his studies abroad at the time, his father had escaped the bloodshed in his homeland. Their family afterwards settled in Switzerland.

Mr. Makonnen’s relation to Haile Selassie I, 225th and last in the line of King of the Kings of Ethiopia, ruling the east African country for 40 years until he was overthrown in 1974, traces back to the emperor’s second son Prince Makonnen.

He died in 1975 of “circulatory failure” – though many believe he had been m******d days earlier.

On one hand, Ms. Austin who works as an Art curator told the newspaper it is an “unbeatable heritage and history” that “combines sheer black power and ancient Christian tradition”.