‘I Wanna Marry Harry’ is the most insidious/ingenious ‘Bachelor’ copycat ever

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Left: Matthew Hicks, Harry look-alike; Right: Harry, Prince of Wales

Left: Matthew Hicks, Harry look-alike; Right: Harry, Prince of Wales

This is your officially unofficial everything-Bachelor commentator speaking, and I’m telling y’all to brace yourself for the queen mother of all a-hole Bachelor rip-offs. According to The WrapI Wanna Marry Harry is a Bachelor-type program in which an “average English bloke” who looks alarmingly like Harry, Prince of Wales, is the prize at the end of the standard dating show process, pursued by 12 American women.

The catch is, these women actually think it’s Prince Harry that they’re dating. I can’t even begin to dissect all of the things that are ethically wrong with this. I will say, though, that I will absolutely watch the hell out of it, and I’m going to be mad at myself for it every minute. But gosh, it’s going to be so awesome. I hate myself.

This show is reminiscent of 2003’s Joe Millionaire. Remember that train wreck? A bunch of unsuspecting women dated a Joe Thousandaire pretending to be Evan Marriott and at the end the winner got a rude awakening that she was not, in fact, marrying into money. The star later apologized for the show ever happening in the first place. Somehow I think this is worse, however, because this bloke is actually robbing an aristocrat of his identity and knowingly deceiving women who apparently have unrealistic expectations of their future marriages. Could you imagine being a producer on this show, having to lie to 12 women every single day while you watch them become smitten over their new beau and new imagined fairytale? One national television for pete’s sake! 

Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas

Prince Harry and girlfriend Cressida Bonas

It’s worth noting that the real Harry is in a long-term relationship with Cressida Bonas, since summer 2012, and they will probably watch every episode while laughing their faces off. If you have an opinion on which of these shows is the bigger a-hole, please let me know in the comments.

The official synopsis reads:

Summer love is in the air, as an average English “bloke” is given the royal treatment and an upper crust makeover before meeting 12 single American women searching for Prince Charming. Will he be able to convince them he’s regal? And if he does, will they fall for the crown, or fall in love with the real him? Join “Harry” as he courts each of the ladies, taking them on romantic dates worthy of a princess and trying to make some version of their fairytales come true.

The companies responsible for this [ingenious] atrocity are Ryan Seacrest Productions and Zig Zag Productions. The con artist himself is Matthew Hicks. The reality series will premier on Fox on May 27 at 8/7c. I suppose we shouldn’t be surprise, because Fox was also the home of Joe Millionaire under previous reality head Mike Darnell. The new chief, Simon Angdeae, seems to be on a one-up warpath with this new extreme. Ethically, that’s not okay. In terms of my personal desire for consumption of cheap and mindless entertainment, this is a dream come true.

I mean, my goodness, this is going to be GREAT; so wrong, but so great.

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  • Nalima

    As an American I am so very very ashamed of this schlock. So wrong is the understatement of the century. The women who have been sent home early should thank their lucky stars.