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Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt (born circa 1945) is a Germanmarker-born socialite. At the age of 37 he became the adopted son of Princess Marie-Auguste of Anhalt in a business transaction put together by Hans Hermann Weyer, a former consul of Bolivia.

He is best known as Zsa Zsa Gabor's ninth husband, and her longest-lasting marriage.

Name

Prinz von Anhalt was born as Hans Robert Lichtenberg (other sources state Hans-Georg Lichtenberg) near Bad Kreuznach, Germanymarker. The son of a German police officer, he was adopted in 1980 by Princess Marie-Auguste of Anhalt (1898-1983). Although Princess Marie Auguste recognized Frederic as part of their royal family, the rest of the von Anhalt family has never recognized him as being part of their lineage nor that he be entitled to any official royal title.. Marie Auguste's first husband was Prince Joachim of Prussia, the youngest son of German Emperor William II. Prince Joachim committed suicide in 1920 after four years of marriage. She subsequently (1926) wed Johannes-Michael Freiherr von Loën, whom she divorced in 1935.

However, since 1919, according to the German republican government, the nobility no longer exists in Germany as a legal entity. Nevertheless, the titles and noble designations of the nobility have not been abolished and may still be carried. Legally they are now merely parts of the family name and convey no legal status, even as to traditional nobles (pre--1919). Thus, the adoption and name change did confer on "Prince" Frederic the same "title" and "nobility" that the former inherited "nobles" claim. As such designations no longer exist in Germany, Frederic's claim to "nobility" is as valid as any other presumed "noble". Prinz von Anhalt is his surname, rather than a title, as per German laws regarding the country's former nobility. Save for the late Princess Marie Auguste, the Anhalt family does not include Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt as a member.

Some reports have stated that Prinz von Anhalt, a former masseur, has said that he was a friend of Princess Marie Auguste's only child, Prince Karl of Prussia (1916-1975), and that the grieving mother adopted him out of kindness and gave him the name Prince Frederic von Anhalt of Munich, the Duke of Saxony. These reports stated that British press reports indicate that Princess Marie Auguste was bankrupt and the adoption apparently was a business transaction. The transaction was masterminded by Hans Hermann Weyer, a former window dresser who became an honorary consul of Bolivia in Luxembourg and who became known in the 1960s for selling certificates of nobility, doctoral degrees from invented colleges and universities, and other decorations in Germanymarker. Jailed several times on fraud charges and described in 1982 by John Vinocur of The New York Times as "a Munichmarker rogue who sold phony titles", Weyer is given credit for Lichtenberg's adoption in the latter's biographical profile in the cast list of the 2005 German reality-television program Die Burg. According to the newspaper Rhein-Zeitung, Weyer was adopted as an adult, in 1996, by a Countess of Yorck of Wartenberg (Gräfin von Yorck von Wartenberg), a 78-year-old German noblewoman, and now uses the name Consul Weyer Graf von Yorck.

Celebrity gossip website TMZ.com oftens refers to him as 'Prince Von Ahole'. The website has also filmed Prinz von Anhalt many times, railing against the Hilton Family, to whom he is connected through marriage, as well as other high profile celebrities.It has been suggested by Francesca Hilton, daughter of Zsa Zsa Gabor, that his outbursts in front of paparazzi cameras are the result of his transference of hostility from Hilton, with whom he has had a long standing public feud, to other members of her extended family.

Marriage

In 1986, Prinz von Anhalt married Zsa Zsa Gabor. The couple are still married, making it Gabor's longest marriage. "We didn't marry for love", he later said. "It was a friendship, but when you're with someone over a certain time you fall in love." The marriage is legally Gabor's eighth, her marriage to de Alba having been annulled (because she was still technically married to Michael O'Hara when she married de Alba).

Adult Adoptions

Prinz von Anhalt has reportedly profited to the tune of millions of dollars by selling the Anhalt name to other individuals. "If someone offers you $2 million, you do it", he has said.

Together with his wife Zsa Zsa Gabor he has adopted several men. Among them are: Marcus Prinz von Anhalt (formerly known as Marcus Eberhardt; born about 1969, previously convicted, owns brothels, was adopted in April 2006), self-proclaimed "Prince Germany"; Oliver Prinz von Anhalt (formerly known as Oliver Bendig (born about 1967), owner of two striptease clubs in Los Angeles, California); Michael Prinz von Anhalt (formerly known as Michael Killer (born about 1967), owns health clubs; and a surgeon who doesn't want to be mentioned. They reportedly paid over one million dollars each to become legally adopted sons, and thus possessors of the last name "Prinz von Anhalt".

Reported affair with Anna Nicole Smith

On February 9 2007, Prinz von Anhalt claimed that he had a decade-long affair with Anna Nicole Smith and that he was the biological father of her infant daughter, Dannielynn. He claimed they met in the 1990s, during Smith's brief marriage to elderly oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II. He claimed Smith approached him and Gabor at the Plaza Hotelmarker in New Yorkmarker. "She was a very big fan of Zsa Zsa and wanted to be like Zsa Zsa," he said. "She wanted to be a princess". He also claimed the two started an affair soon after, meeting over the years in Los Angelesmarker, San Franciscomarker, and New York City.

Short of divorcing Gabor, Prinz von Anhalt said the only solution would have been adopting Smith, adding that he did consider that and even filled out adoption papers, but Gabor refused to sign them. However when pressed on the issue by television host Bill O'Reilly, he could not give any proof that he had even met Anna Nicole Smith. Prinz von Anhalt then agreed to reappear on O'Reilly's program and submit to a lie detector test. On 12 February 2007, Gabor's former publicist told the television program Inside Edition that the actress's husband is a "chronic fabricator". On 15 March 2007, he announced that he is suing both O'Reilly and Fox News for defamation of character.

Claims of paternity of Dannielynn Marshall Birkhead

Prinz von Anhalt has been quoted as saying that he could potentially be the father of Smith's infant girl, Dannielynn, who was born in September 2006, and said he would file a lawsuit if Dannielynn is turned over to Howard K. Stern or Larry Birkhead by the courts. Mark "Hollywood" Hatten and Alexander Denk also came forward with paternity claims.

On 12 February 2007, according to the Associated Press, Prinz von Anhalt announced that he planned to file a paternity claim.

On 10 April 2007, it was determined by a Bahamian Court that DNA evidence proved Larry Birkhead to be the father of Dannielynn.

Robbery and stripping

On July 25, 2007, Prinz von Anhalt was allegedly approached by three women he described as attractive while sitting in his Rolls-Royce in Southern California. They asked him to pose for pictures with them, at which point one of the women robbed him at gunpoint, taking his car keys, jewelry, wallet, driver's license and all his clothes. According to Prinz von Anhalt, his assailants bound him and placed him in handcuffs, yet he managed to call the authorities on a cellular phone. Los Angeles police found him completely naked approximately one hour later. Additionally, no handcuffs were found at the scene. The culprits apparently drove away in a Chrysler convertible.

References

  1. http://www.toytowngermany.com/lofi/index.php/t59491.html
  2. The Ducal Family of Anhalt
  3. An Online Gotha - Anhalt
  4. "Inside Edition"
  5. Der Mantel des schönen Konsuls
  6. New York Times article mentioning Weyer's career, 1982
  7. John Vinocur, "For German Who 'Awarded' Titles, First Gold, Then Bars", The New York Times, 16 March 1978, page A2
  8. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=travel&res=9A00E2DD143BF933A15755C0A964948260
  9. Cast List for "Die Burg"
  10. John Vinocur, "A Republic of Fear: Thirty Years of General Stroessner's Paraguay", The New York Times Magazine, 23 September 1984, page 20
  11. Consul Weyer Graf von Yorck's website
  12. Abstract of Rhein-Zeitung article about Weyer's adoption
  13. Prinz von Anhalt caught by TMZ cameras in Los Angeles[1], [2] [3] [4]
  14. Francesca-Hilton's Open Letter to Prinz von Anhalt
  15. "Who is Prince Frederic von Anhalt?", AP, February 14, 2007
  16. PrizGermany Homepage
  17. Gabor Husband may be Smith's baby's dad, Associated Press, February 9, 2007.
  18. Gabor's Husband to File Claim for Baby
  19. CNN: Zsa Zsa Gabor's Husband Found Naked In Car, Says He Was Mugged


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