CBS News 48 Hours takes a look at this wide world of royalty, which can be very strange indeed.
Among the remarkable royals you'll meet:
Amoti Nyabongo, an African prince who's also a New York City cop. Today, Nyabongo patrols the streets of the city. One day, he may be the ruler of Toro, a kingdom inside Uganda.
Read excerpts from our conversation with Nyabongo.
- Elizabeth Karageorgevic , a successful businesswoman who sells her own line of perfume on television, and just happens to be a princess in the deposed royal family of Yugoslavia. Her father, Prince Paul, ruled Yugoslavia until 1941 when the Nazis invaded and he fled with his family. Born in a palace, the princess now lives in a one-bedroom apartment in New York. But like Nyabongo, she enjoys her job, and feels no shame in mixing with commoners.
- Hope Cook, former princess of Sikkim, a tiny kingdom in the Himalayas. In 1961, Cook, a shy American college kid, took a vacation in India. There, she met the crown prince of Sikkim. They fell in love and married, and she moved to that country. When India annexed Sikkim in the '70s and arrested her husband, she escaped back to America with her two children. Cook now lives in New York, and works as an author and tour guide.
- Paul Ilyinsky, mayor of tony Palm Beach, Florida and direct descendent of the Russian tsars. As a great-great-grandson of the Imperial Russian emperor, Ilyinsky has a plausible claim to the throne, if only Russia had a throne. 48 Hours is there as Ilyinsky, his wife, two children, and four grandchildren take a vacation in Russia, the country their ancestors once ruled absolutely. Does Paul wish he were tsar of Russia? Find out.
- Mswati the Third, king of Swaziland and one of the planet's last absolute rulers. Although already 30, Mswati only has six wives, far fewer than his father, who allegedly had more than 60.
- Prince Naseem Hamed, a Yemeni immigrant who settled in Sheffield, England, a dying steel town. Hamed, 24, is also a champion boxer, and goes by the name Prince Naseem. Although he's not related to real royalty, Hamed, a multimillionaire, takes care of his family as if he were.
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- Princess Masako, crown princess of Japan. Formerly known as Masako Owada, she was a normal young woman with plans for a career and marriage. Then she met and married the prince of Japan. Now she's encased in the rigid conventions of the Japanese monarchy. Is she happy? Does she regret her decision? Even her close friends don't know, because she has cut herself off from them.
- Prince Charles and his son William: With the death of Diana, her teenage son William has become the new favorite of those who follow the British royalty. 48 Hours examines how the British royal family has tried to emphasize its human side in the wake of Diana's death.
produced by David Kohn