July 21, 2005, - 8:41 pm

Real-Life “King Ralph” Imitates Art

By Debbie Schlussel
Remember “King Ralph,” the 1991 movie, in which a working-class American suddenly becomes a British royal, due to a distant line of succession? Well, life imitates art, yet again.
Bill Capell, a real life “Ralph Jones,” is next in line to become Earl of Essex. Capell, a retired Yuba City, California grocery clerk, is considering it and whether he and his wife wasnt to move to England and renounce their U.S. citizenship.
I thought “King Ralph’s” premise was far-fetched. But, 14 years later, Bill Capell proved me wrong. Though, I’m sure Capell is not a slob, like John Goodman’s “Ralph.”

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2 Responses

Actually Debbie,
Bill may feel more at home than he thinks.
Essex is an English county universally mocked for its inhabitants. How can I best put this… let’s compare it to Noo Joyersey.
“Essex girls” is a proper noun in the Oxford English dictionary as they are renowned for their loose sexual morals, loud behavior and low culture. And the county has long been the home of London gangsters, used car lots, and organized crime
Welcome to Merrie Olde England.

espresso on July 22, 2005 at 11:39 am

You Brits call them “Essex girls”, over here we have the same except they are called “teenagers” in the states.

The_Man on July 22, 2005 at 11:07 pm

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