The princess and the builder – music royalty Nathan Carter reveals real-life royal roots
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The princess and the builder – music royalty Nathan Carter reveals real-life royal roots

HE may be country music royalty, but singer Nathan Carter has revealed he has actual royal blood running through his veins.

The Liverpool-born singer, 28, revealed to host Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ’s The Late Late Show that his paternal grandmother was a Yemeni princess.

However she forsook riches and status to follow her heart and marry Carter’s grandfather, a Liverpudlian builder.

Speaking on Friday night’s show, Carter revealed social status was no barrier to the true love between his late grandparents.

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“My dad’s mother was from Yemen in the Far East. Her family were royalty back in the day so she was actually a princess,” he told Tubridy.

“She fell in love with my granddad – he was a builder working for her dad on their mansion.

“She fell in love and she ran away so the family disowned her – she left all the money and she ran away with my granddad, who was John Carter, and he was a builder from Liverpool.

“Quite romantic – ‘to hell with the money, I’m following my heart.’”

The story is included in the singer’s autobiography, Born For The Road, which was released this week.

In it, he reminisces about growing up in Merseyside with his Liverpool-Irish family, before relocation to Donegal and going on to become Ireland’s adopted poster boy for country music.

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