Ariana Austin, now 33, was on a night out with a friend when they were approached by Joel Makonnen in the Pearl nightclub in Washington DC, America.
From then they started dating What he Joel makonnen didn’t reveal that night 12-years ago to Ariana, was that he was actually Prince Joel, the great-grandson of Haile Selassie I, Ethiopia’s last emperor.
According to Ariana, its only when they started dating seriously that Mr Makonnen who works as a Lawyer revealed his royal heritage.
Prince Joel who was born in Rome to his parents Prince David Makonnen and Princess Adey Imru Makonnen, and is the great-grandson of Haile Selassie I, Ethiopia’s last emperor.
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.
The pair married in a lavish Ethiopian Orthodox Christian wedding with 13 priests, two crown and a pair of capes on 9 September.
Source: New York Times