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Gay prince seeks love through BBC series

entertainment Updated: Jan 16, 2009 12:59 IST

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Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of the erstwhile state of Rajpipla in Gujarat, who is known for his gay sexual preferences, is seeking a true love through his role in a BBC series.

Gohil is among three princes who have been living under assumed names with the sole objective of finding true love. Gohil took the name Mani and worked in small jobs in the seaside town of Brighton for the series.

The two other princes in the forthcoming BBC series 'Undercover Princes' are Prince Remigius of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, and Prince Africa Zulu, a 30-year-old bachelor from Zululand in South Africa.

"I don't think I could have found love in India because people who were attracted to me were more attracted by my princely fortune or princely status," Gohil told BBC.

"I was undercover here, so it was easier - a litmus test - whether a person is genuinely in love with me." Gohil said the size of his bedroom in Brighton was about the size of his bathroom back in Rajpipla Palace.

He was also without his retinue of domestic help: electricians, plumbers, gardeners, personal attendants, a butler, chauffeur and his own set of maidservants. He said: "I never handle money. This was the first time I went to a supermarket.

I have never done shopping in my life. "It was a difficult situation in the beginning to get adjusted to a different culture."

Gohil revealed that his gay status did not go down well with the African prince, who objected very strongly. "He said that if he had known about it, he wouldn’t have come for it [the television serial].

"He took out the Bible and read it to me, that it is a sin to be gay. There were issues but we sorted it out through conversations," Gohil said.