Could you be Prince William?
by Andrew Summersgill
Thursday, 17th March 2011
Do you often come home to find mum surrounded by lackeys
bowing and courtesying? Is that home a large building in Buckingham
Palace Road? Are you irresistible to posh girls and do you have to
employ burly coppers to fight them off for you?
Nope we didn't think so but that doesn't mean you can't pretend to be
a little bit like Prince Bill if it gets you more attention from the
laydees. Especially if those laydees are on the other side of the ocean
and think the average Brit bloke spends all morning deciding whether to
play polo or fly helicopters.
DateBritishGuys.com is a
dating site put together by an Anglo-US couple that got it together and
noticed how many of their friends enjoyed flirting with each other.
With the royal wedding coming up they're expecting lots of attention, or
as the founders themselves put it; “People want the fairytale. In some
stupid way, we're giving them an idea of that. America glamorizes
everything. The ex-pats in this country celebrate St. Patrick's Day more
than they do in Ireland. It's more of a big deal to do it here. And I
think it's the same with the British and the royal wedding.”
That fairytale could be you, at least that's the idea. Here's a tip though, as Becca, co-founder of DateBritishGuys.com
puts it the appeal of Brit blokes is “the politeness, the tease, the
air about it. And also there's the accent, which I think is the biggest
Somehow I don't think she's talking about Scouse or Brummie accents.
Still if you reckon you can do a half-decent Hugh Grant impression you
could be quids in here. So if you fancy a bit of a Special Relationship
then this could be your very own chance to cash in on the royal wedding.
All you've got to do is polish those vowels, comb that floppy hair, and
pop down the shops for a Corgie or two. Then sit back and wait for a
downpour of dames.
So you say eHarmony leaves you feeling a little blasé? Match.com makes you say, “Meh”?
Not to worry: An explosion of niche dating sites is making it
possible for picky date-seekers to find, well, just about anyone. There
are sites for people who want to cheat on their spouses, meet inmates,
date British guys, hook up with fellow cat lovers and find people who
share their health problems or tastes in music.
The options — and the level of specificity — are mind-boggling. Are
you a single mom who wants to meet a guy who doesn't mind at all that
you have kids? No problem! Just give LocalSingleMoms.com a try. Want to
meet someone who shares your political passions? That's easy: Visit
RepublicanPassions.com or ActForLove.org (a dating site for "liberals,
What other kinds of hyper-specific dating sites are out there? To
find out — and to have your mind blown — click on the images in the
Here's a site specifically for people who are attracted to British men: DateBritishGuys.com. A lot of the Brits featured on the site live in Britain, but plenty live in the United States. The site wants to help you find "your very own David Beckham, Hugh Grant, Orlando Bloom, Jude Law, Sean Connery [or] Prince Harry," wherever you may be.
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Email received 12/27/2010
Dear Becca, I wasn't sure exactly where to send this to, so I hope this gets to you! I just wanted to thank you so much, this site is not only brilliant, but because of it, I met a guy who could very well be my soulmate. I've always had the greatest affection for British guys in general, so when one of my friends on Facebook posted about this site on their wall, I joined it. It looked like most of the guys were in the UK, so I figured I'd only really find a good pen pal...anything else didn't seem feasible. I chatted with a few people, and it was fun. But then I exchanged some of the most fun, brilliant, clever emails with one guy in particular. From the start, his emails lit up my day. Our emails grew in length, until we reached upwards to 18 pages (single spaced in word, they would reach 18 pages). I only tried to consider him a lovely pen pal, as he lives in the UK and I in Georgia, but I couldn't help my leaping heart anytime I saw his name in my inbox. So then we moved to Skype. And after weeks of talking for 4 hours a night, we couldn't deny it anymore. We really fell in love. And now he's coming to visit me for the New Year! We're going to make this work somehow. Even if it's long distance for a while, we've already started chatting about options... So thank you. Thank you for helping me find my dream guy. I'd be more than happy to share my story if it was necessary...just email me or something for more details, etc. if you needed to. Happier than I've ever been, Diana
Email received 01/07/2011
I'm so, so, so sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you. Things got very busy as you could imagine with me planning James' (that's his name) arrival.
I'm at work so I can't write for too long, but in a word, it was wonderful. We had a really lovely time together, and he's going to try and come back in February. I just got a new job so I have no vacation time practically. The long distance thing is rough....
He and I started chatting on November 2nd. My DBG profile is Princessdi_323 and his is skysurfer.
It's not "perfect" by any means. It's rough, the long distance thing, and there's a lot of hurdles to cross. But one thing I think he and I both agree on is that even if it doesn't end up working out in the end, we've been able to find someone we care greatly for and someone who returns the respect, admiration, and love we both want. Plus, we have the most wonderful time talking about all of your brilliant little British phrases and differences between America and England :p Even if it doesn't work out, it's already been one of the most rewarding experiences ever.
So thanks so much for that chance. :)
We took this picture at the airport minutes before he had to leave, so we were a bit weepy. How soppy is that? (Diana has asked us not to publish this picture for the public)
Anyway, thanks again, and let me know if you have any questions, etc.
Email received 01/08/2011
Hey Ben & Becca,
As you know, myself and Diana had a really great time together last weekend, and we both really want to thank you guys for enabling us to meet someone we both care dearly about. I’ve decided to contact you too, just to add authenticity, and also as I would like to add my personal thanks.
As Diana mentioned, things are far from perfect, purely due to the distance. When we are together, it’s like life could never be better, so we’re going to work our hardest to give things the best chance possible. We have the most fantastic conversations on skype, and inboxes stuffed with the longest, most incredible emails imaginable, so really can’t thank you enough for facilitating this.