The Royal World: Why MTV’s new royal reality show will have you hooked - Exclusive

It’s Big Brother meets Made in Chelsea as MTV sends a bunch of young royals and aristocrats to live in a swanky mansion in the British countryside. What ever will they get up to?

Missing your royal fix?

With two weddings, two births and another on the way, 2018 has been a right royal year. Sadly, the rest of the year is looking pretty quiet on the royal front - or at least it was, until MTV got in on the act.

Brand new reality show The Royal World is coming soon to the channel, and boasts a cast which includes Meghan Markle’s nephew, Lady Colin Campbell’s two sons and the son of a Nigerian Chief.

We reveal why it’s even posher than Made in Chelsea, who’s in the line-up and everything else you need to know about the show.

You can watch The Royal World on MTV (BT channel number 309/371 HD), one of the 60+ premium entertainment channels available for BT TV customers.

What is The Royal World about?

The official description from MTV reads: “For one long, hot summer, MTV invited a group of royals and aristocrats to live together in the English countryside and filmed their every move in an attempt to find out what it is really like to be young and royal."

Describing the show, host Archie Manners tells BT TV that The Royal World is a fascinating social experience that allows viewers to see upper-class society in their own habitat.

He tells us exclusively: “It was a show that was interesting. It was the first time we had a show where we are observing posh people in their natural habitat.

“These cameras were tiny, all fixed cameras, you don’t see cameras at all - it’s not like Ex on the Beach!

“In the house the cameras are rigged the entire time, and the cast forget they are being filmed very, very quickly. It’s something in the human psyche, you just ignore them [the cameras].

“We are genuinely seeing these people in an environment that is normal and natural to them, but it’s completely alien to the rest of us, so from that point of view it’s a fascinating social experiment. It’a a show I would want to watch. I never make television I don’t want to watch. 

“It’s a very high-class social experiment that reveals to the world a calibre of people, the upper crusts of society that we have never seen before."

When does it start?

The Royal World season 1 kicks off on Wednesday, November 7 at 10pm on MTV. It will consist of six one-hour episodes, so the final episode will air Wednesday, December 12.

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Who’s in the cast?

Archie Manners

Archie Manners

Archie is The Royal World’s host, dubbed Master of Ceremonies. He's been charged with keeping a watchful eye over the royal recruits and ensuring a healthy dose of chaos descends on the proceedings.

In his spare time, 25-year-old Archie is a magician who has performed in front of some of the stiffest upper lips around - including the Windsors themselves.

Describing his unique role on the show, Archie tells BT TV: “I am the host of the Royal World. 

“I organise the royals, in all their endeavours, I’m a shoulder to cry on, and for the audience I’m a friend of the producer, David Attenborough style.

“I can explain to the audience at home some of the curiosities and the weird behaviour of the upper classes, but I’m not royal myself.”

Baroness Jessica ‘Jess’ Heydel

Jess Heydel

Jessica has three different Baroness titles, spanning three European countries (Austria, Russia and Poland) - so she’s pretty darn posh.

She’s been an overachiever for as long as she can remember - skiing, playing the piano and learning to speak Russian by the age of three.

Since then, she has gone on to become a high-level ballet dancer and has volunteered for the Red Cross.

Describing herself, Jessica tells us: “I would say I’m loyal, determined and clear-minded on things that I would like to do in my life.”

Adeniyi ‘Niyi’ Obafemi Olopade


Niyi is the son of the distinguished Nigerian Chief Jonathan Adio Obafemi Olopade, and describes his father as ‘pretty old school’.

At boarding school, Niyi was known for his sporting prowess, captaining the tennis team, playing for Nigeria in the Rugby 7s and finding time to enjoy cricket and squash.

These days, 23-year-old Niyi channels his spare energy into socialising with friends and hunting down vintage clothes in Soho and Brick Lane, all the while keen to step out of his family’s shadow and stand on his own two feet.

Describing himself in a sentence, Niyi says: “I’m pretty chill, I tend to go with the flow for most things. I’m easy-going and personable.”

Daniel MacLaurin of Clan MacLaurin in Scotland

Daniel Maclaurin

A member of Clan MacLaurin, Daniel grew up in The Highlands in Scotland, before movingmto the South of England to attend boarding school with royal connections.

These days, he is known for his killer charm, spontaneity and willingness to party whatever the occasion, and is regarded as quite the eligible bachelor.

Daniel tells us: “I would describe myself as a spontaneous student who likes to have fun.”

Lady Camilla Beresford

Lady Camilla

Lady Camilla is the daughter of Marquis and Marchioness of Waterford, and her family owns the sprawling 2,500-acre Curraghmore Estate in Ireland, which has a whopping 23 bedrooms.

She recently graduated from Bath Spa University with a degree in fashion design and has since relocated to London to pursue a fashion career.

Camilla says: “I would describe myself as quite relaxed, funny, with short-witted humour.”

Count Dimitri ‘Dima’ Ziadie Campbell

Dima Campbell

Dimi is perhaps best known for being the adopted son of I’m A Celebrity star Lady Colin Campbell, and older brother to fellow Royal World castmate Misha Campbell (see below).

This ambitious 25-year-old entrepreneur has a portfolio of businesses, mostly centred around the place he calls home - Castle Goring in Worthing, West Sussex.

His latest venture involves holding ‘black tie raves’ in the 300-year-old castle, inviting people to spend a night dancing to some of the biggest DJs around.

Dima says: “I’d say I’m responsible, determined, generally really nice and supportive.”

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Count Michael ‘Misha’ Zadie Campbell

Misha Campbell

The younger brother of Dima Campbell (above), Misha is the party animal of the two brothers - who were both born in Russia before being adopted by Lady C and moving to England.

Misha, also 25, admits he has a different attitude to his brother when it comes to work.

He used to be something of a bachelor, but since meeting his girlfriend six months ago, he says he parties the night away with her instead.

Describing himself, Misha says: “I’m fun! I’m a fun guy, I like to joke a lot. I’m always up for a good time and a good discussion.”

Zara Zoffany Farida Sassoon-Munns


Zara’s family tree includes numerous barons and earls, and she’s no stranger to the high life herself having lived in luxury hotels until she was 15.

Although she now owns a flat in London, Zara still doesn’t like to stay in once place for too long and hangs out in Paris, New York, LA and Ibiza... in between summers in Monaco, of course!

Zara says: “I’d describe myself as spontaneous, kind, and adventurous.”

Tyler Dooley

Tyler Dooley

There may not be a royal family in the States but American born and bred Tyler has arguably the strongest royal connection of the bunch as he’s Meghan Markle’s nephew - Meghan’s half-brother Thomas Markle Jr is Tyler’s dad.

Tyler considers the Duchess of Sussex to have been more like a sister to him growing up, and is set to make a right royal impact as he puts the record surrounding his controversial family straight.

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Sienna Rose Myson


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Sienna used to ride horses with the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall, and competed at a national level in eventing, winning two gold medals at the Open Championships.   

Marquess Maria Gabriella Diana


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Maria is the daughter of an Italian nobleman of Neapolitan heritage, and now works as a fashion model.

She says she will "Go hard or go home" in The Royal World, and there’s only one way to find out which one she choses.

Where is The Royal World filmed?

The Royal World house

The MTV reality show was filmed in a luxurious mansion [pictured above] in Partridge Green, near Horsham in West Sussex, with some scenes also filmed in Brighton, East Sussex.

The mansion in question is Lock House, the former home of singer Adele, who put the house up for sale in 2014.

Master of Ceremonies Archie Manners tells BT TV exclusively: “[The filming location] was gorgeous, we love Sussex! 

“It was a place near Partridge Green, not a million miles away from Horsham. I had my suit dry cleaned at Johnsons in Horsham! 

“It was an amazing house. We gutted it by the art team, and then re-fitted to make it royal enough for this.

“We had a helipad. In fact one of our cast members arrived via helicopter. It had two swimming pools, beautiful bedrooms... I mean it was a luxurious house.”

Archie added that they shot in Brighton for a day out by the beach and for a nightclub scene.

He says: “They did a lot [of filming] outside of the house. Everything from going clay shooting, to shopping, we did a day in Brighton… they all went down to Brighton beach, because of course [Brighton] is hugely royal! Where else did you go?!

“We also filmed in a nightclub where they went for a night out in Brighton. I’m sure it was very glamorous!”

Master of Ceremonies Archie Manners took MTV on a tour of the luxurious mansion the cast stayed in during filming, and you can watch the video below:

You'll love The Royal World if you liked…

Made In Chelsea, Big Brother, The Real Housewives of Cheshire, The Hills, Posh People: Inside Tatler.

Three reasons to watch The Royal World…

1. The line-up is even posher than Made in Chelsea

Made In Chelsea

The E4 show might show posh people in their natural habitat of south west London, but The Royal World’s cast are even posher!

Speaking to, 23-year-old Niyi reveals that the most shocking moment coming up in the series is when one cast-mate insults another - a big no-no in the royal circle.

He says: “[The most shocking moment] results in someone being called cheap. [Being called] cheap in the royal world? Shocking!"

And don’t forget, the line-up includes a Baroness, a Lady and two Counts - that’s pretty high on the aristocrat scale.

Discussing the Made in Chelsea comparisons, Archie tells BT TV: “I think it’s very different. I think the only similarity with this and Made in Chelsea is that there are posh people in it. Beyond that, I think it’s hard to compare.

“I think Made in Chelsea nowadays, if you look at some of the cast members, they’re less Made in Chelsea, more Made in Dagenham... they’re from all over the place.

“It’s hard to compare Lady Camilla Beresford with Olivia Bentley in terms of poshness. So it’s very different.

“Also Made in Chelsea is scripted reality. It’s a completely different ball game. If this goes up for awards, it would be in a separate category. We are not scripted reality. We are just reality.

“Lots of my best friends are on Made in Chelsea, Toff is one of my greatest friends and she’s on Made in Chelsea.

“Often I know who she’s dating [in real life] and I turn on the television and she’s dating someone completely different!”

2. We’ve all got royal fever

Royal wedding

This summer, royal fever swept the nation as we witnessed royal weddings aplenty (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May, followed by Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in October) and royal babies (the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to Prince Louis in April and Meghan Markle announced her pregnancy in October).

Even Netflix has got in on the action, with the movie sequel A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding streaming later this year.

But if you want a real insight into the lives of young royals and aristocracy, you can’t get any closer than The Royal World's fly-on-the-wall cameras.

3. Meghan Markle’s nephew might spill some secrets


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There’s no denying that Tyler Dooley ruffled more than a few feathers in the run-up to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding earlier this year.

Tyler was criticised in January this year for appearing in a television interview with Good Morning Britain alongside brother Thomas and their mother Tracy Dooley (who was previously married to Meghan's half-brother, Thomas Markle Jr).

Later this year, 25-year-old Tyler then boasted about being a cannabis farmer, calling himself a marijuana ‘pioneer’ in an industry which is legal in the US. He even confessed was planning a new strain of the drug called Markle's Sparkle.

The family then flew into London for the royal wedding in May - despite not being invited.

It’s safe to say Tyler - who was babysat by Meghan when he was young - has no qualms opening up about his relationship with the Duchess of Sussex, who he says he has "always admired".

Speaking to BT TV, Archie teases: “Meghan Markle’s nephew gives a lot away and that’s very fabulous!”

Is there a trailer?

You can watch an official teaser trailer of The Royal World below, and there are loads more videos over on

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The Royal World premieres Wednesday, November 7 at 10pm on MTV (BT channel number 309/371 HD).

MTV is one of the 60+ premium entertainment channels available for BT TV customers, along with Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.

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