Fake Prince Harry may not have a royal title, but he does have a sense of humor! Average Brit Matt Hicks, star of the new Fox dating show I Wanna Marry "Harry"—in which 12 American girls vie for the attention of a man they believe may be Prince William's younger, eligible brother—told New York Magazine's Vulture on Tuesday, May 20, that he thought the idea for the show was "hilarious," even though he knew he'd probably be the target of "endless mockery."
"I was silent for all 30 minutes of the pitch, and then I sat there absolutely speechless," he said of his reaction to being approached by producers for the show. "I thought it was hilarious. They asked if I had any questions [and] the first thing I asked was, 'Do I get to keep the clothes?' I thought it sounded like a great idea and a great opportunity."
When asked what his friends and family thought of the idea, Hicks told Vulture: "They think it's absolutely hilarious, as you would. I've put myself up for endless mockery. They find it really bizarre, I think."
Let's hope the unsuspecting girls find it amusing, too. Hicks thinks they will. "I mean, let's be honest: These girls were probably in it for the same reasons as me," he said. "I can't imagine any of them seriously thinking, 'I'm gonna come out of this with a boyfriend—and oh, my God, I'm gonna be a royal!' I'm sure they did it to have a lot of fun and to see what happens."
Which is not to say Hicks didn't worry about how he would come off to the public. "I had to send girls home, so I had to be horrible in a way, but at the same time, I tried to do it in a manner where I was justified and I wasn't a complete douche about it," he explained to Vulture. "I knew in the edit they could essentially do whatever they want, but I gave myself every opportunity to come out of it looking good, and fingers crossed that I did."