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ALEXIS BRIMEYER, PSEUDO PRINCE D'ANJOU DURAZZO DURASSOW ROMANOFF DOLGOROUKY de BOURBON-CONDÉ

Brimeyer, born in Zaire, initially assumed the name of two well-known Austrian noble families, Abensberg and Khevenhuller, combining the two. Ordered by the courts to drop these titles he next claimed that his real father was the son of a Prince Dolgorouky who had actually been murdered in the revolution. Later he elaborated on this claim, pretending that this Prince Dolgorouky had married the murdered Grand Duchess Maria Nicolaevna of Russia who, he claimed, had escaped the fate of her parents and siblings in Ekaterinburg and that they had an only daughter, his mother. He pretended that his alleged grandfather had been elected King of the Ukraine and persuaded some gullible Orthodox clergy to accept that he was now the heir to this non-existent throne. He also pretended that the late Prince Basil d'Anjou Durazzo Durassow was his real father, that the Brimeyer's had been divorced and that the elderly homosexual Basil had gone to Zaire to marry his mother. He produced a forged document purporting to name him Basil's heir, and assumed a claim to the throne of Naples on the basis of his purported Anjou descent. He also claimed the Russian, and Serbian thrones, this last on the basis of yet another freshly minted genealogy. A notorious purveyor of false Orders, Brimeyer lived in Madrid where he engaged in a fruitless letter-writing campaign demanding recognition of his titles from King Juan Carlos. Another self-styled Prince, a Mr Wilkinson who assumed the name "Prince de Bourbon-Condé" joined his team, married his mother and adopted him. Later Brimeyer produced a Zaire birth certificate naming him as the son of the late Prince Basil, but mistakenly adding the name Bourbon-Condé to this purchased birth record although the adoption was not to take place for many years. Brimeyer died of AIDS in 1995. For further details of his astonishing claims see earlier (under 8A) and an excellent article by Mr James Algrant.

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