The couple story is a not something that you see in most relationships. At the time Ariana Austin met her man - Joel Makonnen at a Washington DC nightclub 12 years ago she had no idea that he was an Ethipian prince. On that night, Ariana had been out with a friend when they were approached by Joel in the Pearl nightclub. Joel, who is a lawyer, told her without hesitations that she was going to be his girlfriend. #loveatfirstsight
To spice up the relationship story, Joel Makonnen did not reveal to her that he was a prince at first but it was only when they started dating seriously that he revealed his royal heritage to her. You know where you see this type of scenario ? in the movie Coming To America.
After 12 years of dating and getting to know each other, Ariana and Joel got married in a lavish Ethiopian Orthodox Christian wedding where 13 priests ordained them couples, two crowns were also ordained, on 9 September.
According to the Times, the wedding festivities, which took place in Maryland, involved a "marathon day of events that lasted from 11 a.m. until late in the evening, and took place within two states."
Joel Speaking to The New York Times about their first encounter, said: "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'."
About Prince Joel Makonnen
Prince Joel is the great-grandson of Haile Selassie I, Ethiopia's last emperor. he was born in Rome, his parents Prince David Makonnen and Princess Adey Imru Makonnen, was forced to live in exile after a communist coup in his homeland. His father had escaped the bloodshed spree in his homeland because he was studying abroad at the time. The family finally settled in Switzerland.
About Joel Makonnen's Father - Haile Selassie
Haile Selassie was the 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. The royal family traces its roots back to the Biblical King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.
Not much excpet that she is 33-year-old and got married to a man she met in the club not knowing he is a prince.