‘Brit’ who dominated royal wedding coverage exposed as Tommy from New York
Thomas J. Mace-Archer-Mills, whose posh accent was heard on radio and TV discussing the royal wedding, is Italian-American Tommy Muscatello.
Thomas J. Mace-Archer-Mills, chairman and founder of the British Monarchist Society and Foundation, was almost as ubiquitous as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding in Windsor, England, two weeks ago.
Speaking in a plummy British accent, the self-described expert on the British monarchy enlightened French, American, Russian and even UK television crews about the royal family and their latest member.
And yet, incredibly, it was only this week that the 38-year-old was unveiled not as a triple-barrelled Brit, but as Tommy Muscatello from New York.
An Italian-American, he grew up an hour north of Albany, in New York before moving to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for college, where he studied politics and history.
Soon, he started to work in real estate and gave himself a hyphenated last name, adding DeLaCroix to the end to give himself a boost in business with French Canadian clients.
But as The Wall Street Journal revealed on Thursday, for years he has been trading under another name - Mace-Archer-Mills - which he uses to represent his foundation, which he began in 2012, in some of Britain’s most recognised outlets, including the BBC and The Economist.
But this isn’t a scam to get in the papers, the American says - it’s actually who he is inside.
“I found where I’m supposed to be and who I am supposed to be,” Mace-Archer-Mills told the Journal, explaining that he feels more connected to Britain than the United States, and now lives as Mace-Archer-Mills, not Muscatello.
Final live commentary of the evening... BFMTV France under the gorgeous sights of eindsor Castle. What a long day but a wonderfully Royal one! #royalwedding Happy to be heading back to London... @BMSF_UK @SchaumburgLippe @cpecq @toryshulman @TheRoyalExpert pic.twitter.com/TPOR7faly7
— Thomas J. Mace-Archer-Mills (@ThomasJMMADM) May 19, 2018
He now speaks in his British accent, which he allegedly honed during a high school production of Oliver! and through visits to Britain, and sports a bow tie, tweed jacket and cap.
Mace-Archer-Mills even found an elderly British man, whom he met outside Buckingham Palace as a teenager, who agreed that Mace-Archer-Mills could call him his grandfather.
Speaking to a Norwegian TV channel just ahead of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding in May, the American emphasised “keeping integrity, keeping formality and making sure that the traditions and heritage that we have as British people remain at the forefront”.
Mace-Archer-Mills, whose latest last name is a concoction of relatives’ and friends’ surnames, is also the author of two books of royalty-themed cocktail recipes.
The first is called To The Queen ... A Royal Drinkology and the second Their Majesties’ Mixers - When They Reign, They Pour. He also launched a new cryptocurrency called the Royal Coin.
One of his high school teachers, Jim Miller, told The Wall Street Journal that during his production of Oliver!, Mace-Archer-Mills was “able to learn and duplicate a British accent and the appropriate mannerisms for his character, again all from his own research”.
On the British Monarchist Society and Foundation’s website, his biography says that he “has worked hard to incorporate like-minded people to be a part of this much-revered society within the United Kingdom, in which cumulatively, under Thomas’ direction, brings British traditions to the next level”.
His father told The Wall Street Journal that as a child, “he told me, ‘Dad, someday I want to move over there and be part of what’s going on.’”
Well, that he certainly did.