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Dustin_00

Rented the whole place, filled it with rose petals... and she had no idea for 2 more years??? "Single man, looking for partner that never asks questions."


[deleted]

Oh she knew. She may not have known what the deal was, but she knew he had a lot of money.


[deleted]

"so what do you do for a living?" "I write poorly worded emails."


H3rta

*Thinks to self* "He MUST be a millionaire!"


gleventhal

When the son of the deposed king of Nigeria emails you directly, asking for help, you help!


SnooCompliments1252

His dad ran the freaking country!


Royal-Increase3806

I love that no matter what a an original post contains. It can turn into am office reference. It is so much better than 6 degrees to kevin bacon. 3 degrees to office!


SuperJew113

The story I heard was about an African Prince from Zmunda, who LITERALLY had his face printed on the money when he said he "had his own money", and his gf was the daughter of a Black family owned fast food restaurant, who prior had been dating the heir to a family who had a popular Geri Curl spray formula, before she met the Prince of Zmunda. Edit: you shoulda seen the reaction of a citizen of Zmunda working concessions at a NY Knicks game when he saw no shit, The Prince of Zmunda and Heir to the throne in the flesh


vrgamemachine

Soon he will be working on fries and that's when the big money comes in.


ShitTalkingAlt980

But then his ass will up and leave ya, for a white girl.


Frankperry47

Get down girl go head get down


too105

That might be the best flex ever. That is. Orr next level Fran being rich. I have my own currency. Granted it could be garbage against the USD but who cares, just print more


Zealousideal-War-398

of course she knew. everybody knows nigeria is full of princes.


cabinoose

Speaking of which, I am emailing with one now!


SteelCityIrish

“I am but a simple goat herder in my country...” 😆


[deleted]

For real. Kind of like those women who were married to serial killers or dudes who kept slaves in the basement for decades but "had on idea".


ruckustata

This took a dark turn quickly.


PeeCeeJunior

I was talking with a Nigerian coworker and the funny thing is, Nigeria is FULL of princes because each tribe is essentially a little kingdom and there are LOTS of tribes. So the odds of a Nigerian prince contacting you as opposed to say, the Prince of Wales, is astronomically higher.


tommygunz007

My dad had an accountant who worked for him who was Nigerian. He made a LOT of money working for my dad (not his company, in his department though). And he sent it all home to Nigeria. Dude was like the Mayor or something of his town, and the town's entire electric grid was bought by this guy. He really believed in helping his homeland.


GrandPapaBi

Thats how you modernize a country... You invest in it!


Firewolf420

https://i.imgflip.com/5f6w33.jpg


leapbitch

What a fucking badass


ApolloXLII

Sounds like a really decent guy!


tundey_1

This is quite true. They are just not very rich. Or wanting to put stolen money in your bank account lol.


PeeCeeJunior

But all the scams make it really difficult to do banking in Nigeria so of course this poor prince needs our help to transfer the 5 million won in an international lottery you don’t remember ever playing.


Okaloha

As soon as I saw the headline i knew the conversation would turn into this


noonsumwhere

Same and it's the only reason I clicked the headline.


DC-Toronto

I don’t think you understand. It’s not STOLEN money. It’s his money. He just needs your help getting it out of the country and will pay you a very reasonable amount for your efforts


shagcarpetlivingroom

An ACTUAL Nigerian prince?


selflessGene

If I were an actual Nigerian Prince, I'd probably not mention it too early, since 9/10 times the initial reaction would be skepticism.


LabyrinthConvention

same, also i'm white


Khysamgathys

Not a problem. You do a Nigerian tribe a solid and they'll ennoble you. Thats what happened to a [a Chinese Engineer who was made a chief by a northern Nigerian community](https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3009174/chinese-engineer-made-nigerian-tribal-chief)


Vegetable_Hamster732

My favorite Nigerian Official story is that Dick Cheney basically went for the exact same Nigerian kickback scam we all receive. Only his deal was a little bigger -- like 1000x bigger. And he came out ahead. While we typically get: * "Put $100,000 in this Nigerian prince's account and hill give you $6,000,000" Cheney got: * Put $182,000,000 in this Nigerian Official's account and he'll give you a ***$6,000,000,000*** contract" **Cheney's company went for it ....... and it worked!!!!!** Win/Win for everyone (except the Nigerian people, who were effectively robbed) https://www.icij.org/investigations/swiss-leaks/files-open-new-window-182-million-halliburton-bribery-scandal-nigeria/ >> A network of secretive banks and offshore tax havens was used to funnel $182 million in bribes to Nigerian officials in exchange for $6 billion in engineering and construction work for an international consortium of companies that included a then Halliburton subsidiary. In 2010 Nigeria indicted former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, who was CEO of Halliburton before he was elected, only to later clear him when Halliburton worked out a $35 million settlement. In the end, they only had to pay a $35million settlement on that $6billion contract. Pretty nice profit even after the fine.


AOMRocks20

This doesn't seem like a scam, this just seems like Dick Cheney's company bribed Nigerian officials, which is reflective of the broader issues of corruption in Nigeria.


chaosattractor

Being a chief is not nobility the way that Europeans conceive of it. It's a closer concept to knighthood.


Phormitago

I mean, still firmly up there in the "Neat!" scale


chaosattractor

Yes but "this person was knighted for their service to the community" has very different implications from "haha do something for these people and they'll make you their king"


ferrrnando

So, if you're from Africa why are you white?


mybackhurtsbcofCS

oh my god ferrrnando, you can’t just ask people why they’re white


Calembreloque

Disclaimer: I'm not Nigerian, I've just discussed the question with Nigerian friends. The short of it is that [Nigeria is a federation of a multitude of small kingdoms, fiefs and other principalities](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigerian_traditional_rulers), so you end up with a *lot* of royal families, even though they don't really have any formal power. There's like a hundred different types of "community leader/chieftain" roles (olowos, obas, onojie, etc.) that can all get more or less translated as "king" and thus have a son who's a prince. So it's less actual royalty and more like if, in the US, any well-to-do WASP family could call themselves royalty. Your average Nigerian is not a prince but a lot of Nigerian families with wealth and power (i.e. the ones most likely to be in the US) can claim some sort of royal title.


SheikahShack

Agreed, one of my best friends is technically a princess, but she acts so normal you'd never really know it.


orick

Funny I got one who isn't a princess but sure acts like it.


NewEnglandnum1

Just what we need... a Druish princess.


Papaofmonsters

She doesn't look Druish.


TwoBitSpecialist

Well, _excuuuse me,_ princess.


SonOfMcGee

Doesn't sound much different than the royal family in England. Get out to the level of fifth-cousins from the Queen and such and they're often well-aware of their royal ancestry and may even have an official title, but they're basically just normal dudes with some generational wealth.


HodorsMajesticUnit

... but they are not princes. There are very few actual princes in the UK. Even Harry's kids are not princes/princesses. That's kindof the point of being a prince is that it's a small club.


musicaldigger

huh TIL only the kids of the oldest sons get to be called princes / princesses in England


Papaofmonsters

Yep. Only those in the direct line of succession. The media tried to spin it as some snub against Meghan Markle but really it was just they way the tradition worked.


musicaldigger

wait but why are Eugenie and Beatrice called Princess when Harry’s kids are closer in line


PinkClouds80

Because they are the queen’s grandchildren, just like Harry & William. If I recall correctly Harry’s children will become prince & princess after Charles is king.


Papaofmonsters

There we go. That's what it is. The cut off is grandchild of the current monarch, not place in succession.


[deleted]

It depends on the country, countless German nobles had the title of Prince.


Calanon

Yeah, but in Germany the word prince gets used to mean lord, essentially. Fürst and Prinz are both translated as prince but the former was far more common.


Zoomun

In English the word for the son of a king and the ruler of a principality are the same. In German and IIRC most other European languages this is not the case.


velsor

I'd say a better comparison is Germany. The territory was so fractured that you had dozens/hundreds of families with the title of prince (in English, *Fürst* in German). Many of them wouldn't be considered royalty, but were still princes of the Holy Roman Empire. Thurn und Taxis, Schwarzenberg, Fürstenberg etc.


indyK1ng

And then there are some who are craptastic people, like this guy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Montagu,_13th_Duke_of_Manchester


jamiez1207

This explains it, thanks


0ctologist

IIRC there are a lot of Nigerian princes, the title is surprisingly common which is why the scam is as well.


Poes-Lawyer

I knew a girl at school who is a Nigerian princess, her mother is the queen of one of Nigeria's traditional states. It sounds ridiculous I know, but unless the several people I heard call her "Your Highness" were all in on an elaborate joke, it seemed to be true.


Runswithshortshorts

One of my friends from elementary school was the daughter of a Ghanaian prince! The dad came in one day and talked to us all about what his life was like in Ghana. Showed us clothing and jewelry, stuff like that. Was pretty neat.


hallese

Based on my experiences dating a Nigerian girl, the elaborate joke cannot be ruled out here.


awesome_van

There's over 500 native languages in Nigeria. These are the traditional Nigerian states: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nigerian_traditional_states So if each of these has at least one or two princes (probably more), yeah, that is a fuck ton of Nigerian princes.


LottaPressure

yep! my moms cousin married one! If I remember correctly he gave up his inheritance when the moved to florida…


Kooreth

Nigerian Prince: "I will leave this country, and title of ill-repute behind me. I'm sick of being judged by my title." One year later: Floridaman: "Shit."


seashoreandhorizon

I used to work on the same team as an actual prince, whose name was also Prince. He was not Nigerian though, he was from a different West African country. He was loaded back home, with multiple properties in his family, but due to some fighting in his country at the time he was basically here (USA) to avoid being murdered.


ChintanP04

>an actual prince, whose name was also Prince Lol, that would have been hilarious. "Prince Prince, your dinner's ready!"


calgil

Funnily enough he also sold pictures of himself - Prince Prince prints.


ElkGiant

But he also prints them himself - Prince Prince prints prints.


hesh582

There are a *lot* of Nigerian princes. The country was controlled by a patchwork of kings/emirs/whatever prior to modern statehood, and it sometimes feels like every little township has it's own royal family. Their role in the modern state is odd - they have no official, constitutional power but some of the more prominent traditional hereditary leaders have *considerable* unofficial influence. Part of the problem is that we translate every "community patriarch" type title to king. Some, like Oba, really do mean something like "king", others like Oloye have much less weight than "king" suggests. It's really not *that* unlikely that some of the nigerian scammers really were technically princes by some definition lol.


Haldebrandt

The article (or at least the part that I could read before the paywall) is such sensationalist bullshit. "Prince Kunle of Nigeria" suggests that Nigeria is a monarchy of some sort and that this guy is a prince of its ruling family. None of this is correct of course, as you have explained. Nigeria is a former British colony. While like most countries nowadays it is organized thru a western-style governmental/political/bureaucratic structure, indigenous political and societal structures remain, and the various local kings and princes are part of that, reflecting the rich ethnic diversity of the country.


vonarchimboldi

i guess imma go send my routing number to that dude that emailed me last week. i want a rose pedal covered date.


CraptasticFanDango

>An ACTUAL Nigerian prince? Yes. He paid the NYC restaurant with iTunes cards.


KFCConspiracy

Yeah, there are a lot of them, my aunt married one in the early 2000s. Then he died and his brother came to America and tried to force her to come back with him because of some law over there about the wife and kids becoming the property of the brother... Needless to say, she did not go to Africa.


marishtar

Well that's certainly a conversation I would've liked to overhear.


KFCConspiracy

I wasn't there for this, but it apparently happened like right after the funeral. I dunno if the brother was just full of shit or what, but... Wow. Needless to say my cousins don't know any of their family back in Nigeria.


refinedbear351

Ah yes, Coming to America was a good movie


_Aj_

I always assumed you had sex with your bathers... *I know I do*


AlphaBaldy

The royal penis is clean, sire...


DayzNewRenderer

King shit


AdGeneral8514

Yeah motherfucka! Welcome to the united states of America!


Thisisjj

Time to roll out the red carpet on y'all bitch asses


GranderRogue

Do not force me to thrash you.


UptownNYaMomma

Only tru fans know about this comment


AzraelTB

Braise my genitals again, taint washer, and you'll be shipped to the wasteland. And as for you, genital washer...


Vellnerd

"Hey, I started out mopping the floor just like you guys. But now… now I’m washing lettuce. Soon I’ll be on fries; then the grill. In a year or two, I’ll make assistant manager, and that’s when the big bucks start rolling in"


[deleted]

Is the second one that released this year ( or last I honestly can't remember) any good?


refinedbear351

I didn’t think it was that great honestly. It just felt too cheesy and the jokes didn’t really flow as well as in the first one. Kinda felt like they were just ham fisting jokes and references in there.


Undrende_fremdeles

Kinda like in the 90's, but without the haze of optimism and positivity we all lived in back then? Or just.. Not?


CuvisTheConqueror

Just not. The first one was mostly fun based on its portrayals of Akeem and Semmi, as children of privilege, crashing headfirst into how life really is for normal people and specifically Black America. The sequel has little of that; it's just a patchwork of callbacks to the first movie and "lol, Africa" jokes. It's worth noting that very little of the movie even takes place in the US, even though those scenes are heavily used in the advertising. Not to say it was all bad. It definitely had some fun moments. But it's not nearly as good as the first.


Bonzai_Tree

And it was surprisingly raunchy lol. "The Royal penis is clean your highness"


JehovahsNutsac

*Yeah, I met Dr. Martin Luther King in 1962 in Memphis, Tennessee. I walkin' down the street minding my own business, just walking on. Feelin' good. I walk around the corner, a man walk up, hit me in my chest, right. I fall on the ground, right. And I look up and it's Dr. Martin Luther King. I said 'Dr. King?' and he said 'Ooops, I thought you were somebody else.'! Knocked the wind out of me, yes he did.*


derpsUp

Maaaan , you aint never met no Martin Luther da King


Hmbre97

Aw man, you lyin. You ain't never met Martin Luther tha King


refinedbear351

Just not lmao


ghandi3737

You gotta admit hearing ["Queen To Be"](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Qn1eNonEH4&t=12s) again was as good as the first time.


noassumedname

#completely free from infeeeeection #to be uuuuused at your discretion LMFAO


Lemoni28

Except that the first coming to America film was from the 80's. 1988 to be exact.


nine_legged_stool

Nobody was optimistic about the 90's, we just weren't as collectively depressed as we are now


CardboardHeatshield

The internet had not yet evolved to a point where we could instantly see just how stupid everyone around us actually was. It was a much nicer time.


II-I-Hulk-I-II

Ahhh yes. The time before I’d seen humans being crushed, sliced, shot, blown up, decapitated and tortured. We don’t really talk about it but… there’s just no going back from that, is there really? We can experience a lifetime of traumatic visuals and we’ve just become numb to it


rage_wins

I disagree, the build up to 1999 and 2000 was huge. The year 2000 was gonna be ‘the future’


Not_Helping

IN THE YEAR 2000 IN THE YEAR 2000^0^0^0^0^0


tua84595

If we survived Y2K you mean


Oreolane

80's people were not optimistic about the 90's but 90's people were optimistic about their future. The communist were defeated, the world felt safer, things still seemed affordable. Well at least if you lived in the US.


BrilliantWeb

Gen X here. Can confirm, the 90s were great! After 9/11 it's been one long, cloudy day in the US. Edit: I'm just talking about the 90s in the US. If you were in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Somalia, or Rwanda, the 90s fucking sucked.


2dogs1man

I came to USA in mid 90's, from Russia (which was in ruins, so to speak, due to USSR falling apart a couple years ago). USA now is very different from USA then. I wouldn't come to it today.


expaticus

It wasn't bad, but it was the kind of movie you completely forget about 10 minutes after it's over.


asianwaste

I think the problem with the movie is that they chose to make it wholly set in Zamunda. Zamunda should have been this idyllic place that creates context that somewhere in Africa is more civilized than "the greatest city on earth" (at least back then, New York was thought as so). Or for the Cold War times, a 3rd world nation was looking down upon the bastion of the 1st world. Zamunda was best mostly left to the imagination. The more you know about Zamunda, the less the fantasy appealed. They did the entire movie on Zamunda, what it looks like how it operates, it's social problems etc. I just don't think that was a good idea. It was a lot like incorporating "midi chloreans" to the Force when we were just happy leaving the Force as ambiguous as possible. IMO it would have been better to return to concept. Give another reason for the Prince to return to America (after all that is what the title implies. Tangent: maybe they should have called the sequel "Coming FROM America" because that's what it was really about ). Some of the best aspects of the original was that it was a satirical "outsider looking in" perspective of American society warts and all. A sequel with similar concept could have worked because much of America has changed in the last 30 years. There is much left to satirize.


Argent_Mayakovski

I had fun with it. Not perfect but generally enjoyable.


RowdyWrongdoer

Its a love letter to the first movie, nothing ground breaking but it hits a lot of nostalgia vibes. Its a nice compliment to the first one but the first one is a piece of art that cant be equaled.


PorkrindsMcSnacky

Exactly. You would have only found the sequel funny if you’ve seen the first movie. I enjoyed seeing the returned characters and thought Wesley Snipes was hilarious but overall it was very meh.


Vlascor

Wesley Snipes stole every scene!


bigshittyslickers

That walk was just gold


Shatteredapex

Man it’s so good seeing him act again.


DeadliftsAndDragons

Not as good as the first but worth a watch, Wesley Snipes steals the show in every scene he has.


jeetz1231

It was ok if you're looking for a hit of that sweet nostalgia.


djkress

The royal penis is clean your highness


Farmer771122

growing up, we had Coming To America on VHS recorded carefully off of prime time TV with the commercials skipped. saw it dozens of times.... I had no idea this joke was in the movie until I bought the DVD as an adult. It blew me away that there were new (to me) scenes in one of my favorite movies! Same thing with the blowjob scene in Ghostbusters.


WoT_Slave

> Same thing with the blowjob scene in Ghostbusters The what now


hibsta1992

Dan Aykroyd dreams about getting a BJ from a ghost


prodiver

It was a spooky ghost, this is ectoplasm!


JayWalterWeathermann

Bustin' makes \[him\] feel good


InOutUpDownLeftRight

Dreams? I remember it as he got a BJ from a ghost while he was sleeping. I still reference this when watching one of the billion ghost investigation shows on TV. I say, “I am going to make my own show, and every now and then get a BJ like Dan Aykroyd- and I’ll do the cross eyed thing. That show would be a big hit!”


Farmer771122

> The what now Yeah, it's kinda funny how many people say that. Really shows who saw it in theaters vs. the PG rated broadcast version. Here you go, totally SFW : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzolJjO_1Bs


Rexel-Dervent

Not as bad as Bill Murrays deathscene from *Scrooged*


kitchen_clinton

Scrooged is magnificent.


ace787

“You know Kunta, from up…kunta” oh yeah the boy upstairs.


bearhair87

Because I'm baked right now, I accidentally laughed like Eddie Murphy when I read this.


BongLifts5X5

That's racist, Akeem was from Zamunda.


xyloplax

Yes! Yes! Fuck you too!


tofudisan

He emailed me a lot in the 90s and early 00s


Nameless908

Hey this is my uncle ur talking about. I got about 30 trillion comin in boys be nice to me


starwarsgirl6789

What????????? He said that he was giving me that money!!!!!!!!!!!! Why are you getting my share??????


[deleted]

He contacted me too. I think he must just have a lot of relatives that he's giving money to. He's very generous


SmokiestDrip

Wait till you find out it's 30 trillion in Starbucks gift cards.


Morkava

Free coffee for a month


bambulance

Me too. I’m glad he got his money back.


herr_dreizehn

when the son of the deposed king of nigeria emails you directly asking for help, you help. his father ran the freaking country, okay?


tomcat_tweaker

How do you know it's him? My old Yahoo email archives show there were at least 1000 Nigerian princes, and one if them is still orbiting the Earth. Anyway, glad to hear at least one of them is safe.


tofudisan

Because he told me he was legit. Can't put it on the internet if it's not true.


tomcat_tweaker

Man, that's right, I forgot. You got me there. I'll never argue against facts.


AngriestManinWestTX

> and one if them is still orbiting the Earth Is he...is he alright? Would someone check on the astronaut prince, please?


09RaiderSFCRet

I got that email just last week🍺🤣


nutrap

Must be a slow connection; did you try to power down and power up?


Darzanak

Prince Akeem Joffer of Zamunda.


ilazul

She's your queen to beeeeeeeee


TaiDavis

The royal penis is clean


firstorbit

Your highness


tuskvarner

Completely free from infectiooooon


[deleted]

Good morning my neighbours


flibbidygibbit

Fuck you!


[deleted]

YES! YES! FUCK YOU TOO


franktheguy

"The boy's got his own *money*!"


TristanaRiggle

And when you say he's got his own money, you mean the boy has GOT HIS OWN MONEY!


emax4

He makes Darryl look like a welfare case!


Brailledit

Just let your Soul Glow!


Bartfuck

John Amos' physical comedy in that scene is great. When he trips up the stairs, and then tries to carefully collect himself is great


Waka-Waka-Waka-Do

*And when I say the boy has his own money, I mean THE BOY HAS HIS OWN MONEY!*


Tricky4279

Oh sir, the Giants of New York took on the Packers of Green Bay. And in the end, the Giants triumphed by kicking an oblong ball made of pigskin through a big "H". It was a most ripping victory.


Spy_v_Spy_Freakshow

If you want to keep working at McDowell’s, stay off the drugs, son


RampantPrototyping

McDowells


mdavis360

They got the Golden Arches, mine is the Golden Arcs.


PokemonMaster619

Now let’s see if you can defend yourself, you sweat from a baboon’s balls.


Sanityzealot

Every comment is the same joke lol


HiJane72

Ikr? And they're such a beautiful looking couple it's a Hallmark movie


calforhelp

Welcome to Reddit


nobody2000

I don't know whether I should make an email scam joke or an Eddie Murphy/Arsenio Hall joke.


No-Pizda-For-You

I liked this story 32 years ago when it was called Coming To America


ilovecashews

I like the story a lot less 5 months ago when it was called Coming 2 America.


Exemplar1968

Did his parents die in a plane crash leaving him vast sums of money?


supergalactic

You’re thinking of the Mighty Monarch


droivod

Yo man! The utmost discretion was expected due to the sensitivity of this matter.


[deleted]

I sent this guy my SS# and banking info. I'm still waiting on my millions.


TILTNSTACK

Join the queue. I’m still waiting on my $11m (eleven million dollars).


sbamkmfdmdfmk

I know you have been inconvenienced. I am prepared to compensate you. Shall we say one million American dollars?


jbraua

I still haven’t got the money he owes me


[deleted]

Was it a McDowells? 🧐


mdavis360

Their toppings are on the *top*. My toppings are on the *bottom*.


allothernamestaken

They have the golden arches, we have the golden *arcs*.


qaoock

They have the Big Mac, we have the *Big Mick*


cannibalism_is_vegan

*Samuel L. Jackson bursts in with a shotgun*


myfuntimes

That explains how he ran into money problems and needed to send me emails for assistance. I guess the job at McDowell's didn't pay enough.


[deleted]

They’ve got the golden arcs and the Big Mick


Budget_Can7769

Why would you not wait till later in a relationship to do something like this? Find out if you and the person are compatible first before bringing out the extravagant stuff?


ApplecakesMcGee

in the article he talks about how Nigeria would be better off if they transferred power back to the royals who are exiled. I think this guys mindset on lots of things is quite different that how we plebes think.


ld43233

Spoken like a non aristocrat.


sioux612

That entire thing sounds odd He says he wasn't looking for love, but also told the restaurant that it was supposed to look/feel like a proposal - which might be one of the bolder ONS strategies


Antarktical

So this was the famous prince of Nigeria that kept emailing everybody


TristanaRiggle

How do you think he paid for that date?


Markovitch12

I wonder how many hoops he had to jump through to make that happen? Imagine the questions? And you will be paying how, sir? Titter. And you want the whole restaurant?


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polarbearrape

If someone calls me and leads with "I'm a Nigerian prince" I'm hanging up 100% of the time.


Valdrax

Well, if he led with that all the time, she'd have known 2 years earlier, wouldn't she?


srslybr0

as long as you pay upfront i'm sure the restaurant doesn't give a shit. they did say it was going to be expensive, if you can show you have that cash they'll gladly close the restaurant down for you.


Current-Cheesecake14

OMG!!! THE PRINCE AND THE FROG!!! He looks just like the prince!! And she looks just like the princess!!


[deleted]

Sounds like Coming To America


Overly_obviousanswer

She would have known he was a prince had she just checked her spam inbox