Sarah Culberson might have expected the search for her birth parents to be character forming, but she could never have guessed just how much her life was about to change. Culberson – who was adopted by Jim and Judy Culberson, a white couple living in West Virginia, US – started looking for her birth mother at 21, but learned that she succumbed to cancer 10 years prior. She was then terrified to find her birth father. She took her friend’s suggestion and hired a private investigator for US$25, as told to Business Insider. The investigator eventually returned with a promising lead and connected Culberson to her biological aunt who lived in nearby Maryland. Then, her uncle revealed her identity as a princess of the Mende tribe in Sierra Leone. It was a revelation, and Culberson flew to the country to visit her biological dad. Queen Elizabeth’s most expensive wedding tiaras – and who got what So after discovering her heritage at age 28, what has Princess Sarah been up to, and what is her life like outside of her royal duties? She takes her royal responsibilities seriously In 2004, Princess Sarah arrived in Bumpe, Sierra Leone. At the time, the country was recovering from an 11-year civil war. The situation was bleak. Schools and communities were ravaged and destroyed. The gravity of the situation led her to establish non-profit foundation Sierra Leone Rising, which advocates for education, women’s empowerment and public health safety. It also promoted Mask on Africa, a campaign that encourages people to wear masks to curb Covid-19. “My life completely changed. Being a princess is about responsibilities,” said the now-45-year-old on the Tamron Hall Show . Recently, she shared a video showing the progress of a new well being built through the foundation. The project, she said, will help provide clean drinking water for communities who need it. Why Princess Charlene of Monaco is stuck in South Africa She’s a speaker Aside from managing her foundation, Princess Sarah is also a public speaker who discusses education, community outreach, diversity, adoption – and her experiences as an African princess, of course. NBC News reported that she also addresses companies and organisations in order to to foster a more inclusive work environment. Queen Elizabeth gave Jared Kushner a US$2,800 gift … that he didn’t keep She works in education No wonder Princess Sarah is championing education in Sierra Leone. According to the bio on her website, she is the director of outreach at the Oakwood School in Los Angeles. Her job entails working with middle and high school students. Meet the rapping royal, Princess Sikhanyiso of eSwatini She is an actress Princess Sarah is also a talented theatre actress, and her love of the stage earned her a scholarship to West Virginia University. She then pursued her master’s in fine arts at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and joined the Los Angeles acting community. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Princess Sarah Culberson (@iamprincesssc) She shared on Instagram that she has appeared on American Dreamz , The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Boston Legal , and wrote that she misses acting. Were Diana and Charles related? 5 UK royals who married distant ‘relatives’ She published a memoir View this post on Instagram A post shared by Princess Sarah Culberson (@iamprincesssc) Princess Sarah co-wrote and published A Princess Found in 2009, chronicling her life story and the discovery of her royal lineage. Her book caught the attention of Disney executives and will be adapted into a film. CNN reported that it’s still in the early phase of development. The movie will be produced by Stephanie Allain, who became the first woman of colour to produce the Academy Awards ceremony last year, according to NBC News. Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .