Zsa Zsa Gabor, widower, adopts a grown man to inherit the royal title
Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt is desperate. Childless and 78 years old, he needs an heir to inherit his estate and care for him as he falls into disrepair. Moreover, his royal line, which he says goes back around 1,000 years, would cease to exist without an heir.
So von Anhalt, the widower of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, did something rash. He was looking to adopt an adult son.
Having been married to a woman he describes as a prototype Kardashian – “She wasn’t famous for her movies; she was famous for [nine] men she married,” he told the Post — it made sense that he would take his quest as publicly as possible.
At “Adults Adopting Adults,a documentary series that airs Monday, Jan. 31 on A&E, he is seen scouring social media and concocting plans that include trying to find a son in Gucci’s Beverly Hills outpost.
“I did it on TV because I wanted to show lonely people that they don’t need to be alone,” von Anhalt said. “You can adopt an adult and have someone help you from day one. You don’t have to raise a child.
Von Anhalt is no stranger to the mechanics of adoption. In fact, that’s precisely how he, the son of a police officer from a working-class family in Wallhausen, Germany, became Prince Frederick. At 35, in 1979, “I was adopted by Germany’s most famous princess [Marie Auguste von Anhalt],” he said. “I had played football with his grandson and he moved to South America. I was the black sheep of my family. I was adopted by the daughter of the last emperor of Germany.
The German monarchy was abolished in 1918; according to the prince, “The titles still exist but there is no more power to the nobility.
“Right after I was adopted, I went to a [garment] factory and bought a military uniform. I needed it. I was a prince and all members of the royal family wore uniforms. It’s like that.”
The adoption came with a title, but no money. “She got $500 a month from the German government,” von Anhalt said.
As part of the arrangement, he supplemented the princess with an additional 2,000 German marks per month, the equivalent then of around $700. “She did a good business,” said the prince, who at the time owned a spa and sauna business. “She got the money and I got the title. Her kids and grandkids had titles as well.
Von Anhalt came to Los Angeles on a lark, met Zsa Zsa Gabor at a party hosted by writer Sidney Sheldon, and impressed the actress with its title as well as that flashy military uniform he donned for the occasion. They married three years later.
The prince does not hide what the royal title means to him.
“I made the title a tool,” he told The Post. “I would like to adopt someone and give them the tool. In America, it works. People want to know who you are and that’s how they judge you.
Although the A&E show portrayed von Anhalt as struggling to find a suitable adoptee and even saying he was considering a rapper, the ideal candidate was right under his nose.
“I’ve known Frederic for seven years,” Kevin Feucht, 27, told The Post. “I used to go to LA for the weekends. My father is a friend of Frédéric’s and he told me that I could stay with Frédéric. Frederic and I agreed that if I helped around the place, cooked for him, worked with him on the computer, made sure his bills were paid – I lowered some of them – and cooked for him sometimes, I could stay.
When Feucht, who was born in Germany and educated at UC Santa Barbara, discovered Frederic was looking to adopt a son, he threw his hat in the ring. “He loves his family but he’s not going to stay with his family; he will stay with me,” von Anhalt said. “He has a new birth certificate and I am his official father. His father and I are still friends. His mother and father are both okay with that.
Said Feucht: “My father is happy with it. I love my parents and I always will.”
And Von Anhalt insists Feucht’s parents don’t have to worry about their own elder care: “Kevin has a sister. She will take care of them. »
“Frederic is in a situation and at an age where he increasingly needs help. Also, he built such a great career with Zsa Zsa,” Feucht said. (According to the prince, his main career in America was Gabor’s husband.)
“If nobody takes over the inheritance, everything dies,” added Freucht, who is the founder of Skillers Academy, a football training center in Munich. “I offer a lot of knowledge. I can’t wait to build something big and make it bigger. I want to make a movie or a book about Zsa Zsa. I want to keep the legacy alive.
Frédéric immediately liked the idea. “It wasn’t important that he was German, but Kevin speaks perfect English and German, and that’s important,” von Anhalt said. “He’s a nice guy, smart, clean, he works hard. Zsa Zsa opened all doors for me and now I will do the same for Kevin. Elon Musk is my neighbor. He sees me and says, ‘Hello, Prince.’ »
Von Anhalt hopes this adoption will go better than the previous five he’s done – all while he was married to Gabor.
“They left. A guy went to Dubai and showed off,” the prince said, adding that another used the title to promote a chain of strip clubs in Germany. what am I supposed to do? Once they had the title, they took off. Zsa Zsa said you have to marry a lot of guys until you find the right guy. I think it’s the same with adoption.
He told the Post that his “sons” paid for the titles and still hold them.
Von Anhalt said he was not worried about them trying to claim his inheritance. “I do all the right things [to protect the inheritance] while I’m alive. But after I die, I don’t care. For now, though, I just hope Kevin pulls through. He’s different from the others – he has a brain – but you never know.
Von Anhalt also used his title to confer knighthoods which he sold for $50,000 to $100,000 each. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he admitted to earning more than $10 million from these services. “I never counted the money,” he told the Post, adding that the money went as easily as it came. “I had a dear wife and also a dear life.”
Feucht thinks he’ll spend half of each year in the US with the prince and compares their give-and-take relationship to that depicted in the movie ‘The Upside,’ in which Bryan Cranston plays a paraplegic nursed back to health by a wisecracking ex-con. performed by Kevin Hart.
The adoptee said no money officially changed hands between him and von Anhalt, and the show describes it as a completely legal adoption.
“I wouldn’t call it a deal,” Feucht said. “I stayed in Frédéric’s apartment and helped him. There was no money involved and that’s how we kept it. I have my own money. But sometimes when I go out he gives me $500 so I can buy dinner. Beverly Hills is expensive!
Beyond the brooch money, Feucht’s big payoff will come when von Anhalt dies and bequeaths the Gabor family stake to him. “I inherited all the sisters’ money [Magda and ‘Green Acres’ star Eva]. It all went to Zsa Zsa and now I’m the only one left,” von Anhalt told the Post. “When I was with Zsa Zsa and her family, it was a 24-hour job.” In 2013, he and Gabor sold their home, which had been listed for $14.9 million.
As for what Feucht will do with the money after the prince dies, that remains up in the air. “I will definitely do whatever I have to do to maintain Zsa Zsa Gabor’s legacy,” he said. “Maybe I’ll use the money to build a statue or make a movie. Frédéric wants me to keep the money in the family and make it useful, not for material things. And there are a lot of naming rights in the trust If you want to make a movie about Zsa Zsa, you need the rights.
Von Anhalt, meanwhile, anticipates the kind of care for the elderly that only parents can provide. In the series, Feucht is seen cooking for his new “daddy” and generally keeping him company.
“Kevin goes to the gym with me and we walk 5 miles. I don’t have a job and I have plenty of time,” von Anhalt said. “He helps me around the house and drives my Mercedes G Wagon. I take care of him, but when I get sick he will take care of me.
So far, Feucht has found the princely life rather cool. Although he didn’t follow von Anhalt’s lead and used the title to land a famous girlfriend — ‘You want the girl to be loyal and not for money,’ Freucht said — he tried the military uniform that is now his birthright. “It looks amazing,” he said. “It fits me like Cinderella’s shoe.”