BBC Three’s Undercover Princesses: From Riches to RagsUndercover Princesses, BBC Three’s latest reality TV show, follows an unlikely royal trio looking for love in the UK.


Since BBC Three’s highly successful Undercover Princes finished last year there was bound to be a follow up. Undercover Princesses was subsequently born, and the premise is no different, except for the gender. A bunch of innocent princesses blind to the vices of reality and desperately seeking an English ‘prince’ to take back to their ‘kingdoms’ are picked up and dropped off in the most awkward place that the producers could find.


Princess Sheillah Nvannungi of Buganda, Uganda, Princess Aaliya of Balasinor, India, and Princess Xenia of Saxony, south-east Germany, have been taken to the low-top, short-skirt, white-boots, Gucci-bag capital of England – Chelmsford, Essex.


While Sheillah and Aaliya do relatively well to hide the fact that they hail from royal blood by toning down their regal flamboyance, Xenia of Saxony on the other hand has decided to go for what poker players will know as the risky double-bluff and dressed up as the princess of princesses herself, Cinderella.


Before these princesses are subjected to the volatile whims of a Friday night in Essex they are asked why they have come to the UK in their obscure quest for love. Each answer is relatively, and predictably, the same. Men in their own countries are apparently only interested in their wealth and status instead of the deep characters that they really are – hence ‘undercover’.


While Princess Aaliya pretty much failed in her attempt at luring an Essex romantic due to her phobia of English male hygiene, Xenia nearly got there by making friends with a poor bloke called Eliot who was duped into thinking he was in there. Sheillah was the only success story. This princess managed to find her prince in a West Indian basketball player called Paul while shopping in Asda. However, in order for her royal family to accept this ordinary guy she was forced to trick them into thinking he was a West Indian prince.


Parts are very funny, especially the excruciatingly awkward scenes where the princesses have to go out with their dates to the likes of the local pub. Although the show ended last week it is still available for catch-up on BBC iPlayer.

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