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Danielle (not her real name) e-mailed a couple of times when the site was first launched. I replied briefly, just one-liners. Then six months later, Danielle started to send me long, detailed e-mails about her daily life, and some family health problems. She writes very well and vividly, but I could not understand why she wrote to me, especially when my responses were so terse. Most extraordinarily of all was her reaction to my general e-mail in March 2000, telling all correspondents that I had redesigned the site... Almost three years later, in April 2003, I heard from Danielle again via the Guestbook.

Sat, 05 Jun 1999 18:27:00 -0400
Hey there --
I hate e-mailing you with my real last name, but here is one better for you. I am the sixth generation down from the French Royal family. My great grandparents had to escape France to go to Hungary in a wagon covered with hay to avoid being executed. My great great grandfather also traveled to Mexico with Maxmillian.
It's strange how life prevails as we are a living, breathing part of history, isn't it?

REPLY: Thanks for your message, that is quite a story. So are you the pretender to the throne of France now?

Tue, 08 Jun 1999 07:03:34 PDT
I can't say that I am a pretender to the French throne. Only an Amercian of watered down descent with an interesting European family background. My cousin on my father's side is in the Book of Saints for having entombed St. Filomena into his church in Italy under Pope Pius. (You can look him up on the internet if you'd like under "Francesco D- L----", and I guess in the Book of Saints.)
I am not exactly sure what country you are from. However, America is one big melting pot. I wonder what would happen if Prince William gave up his future as King, and moved to America, married and American girl and pursued and American life? We don't have as many distinctive social classes as England does, though they still do exist and are more blurred. Here your monetary value determines your worth, and my family lost its 4th generation Royal Inheritence during World War one. I do know that my great great granfather's family had their own castle, and that his brains were willed to the French Museum after he died in a duel. He was the one who traveled to Mexico with Maxmillian.
I guess if you look all throughout society and explored family roots, you'd probably be amazed at the inner connectedness of many of us.
Feel free to write if you'd like. I live in New York City and am sure that I can provide you with many interesting stories. American is a monetary, capitalist society. So keep in mind that I am not a pretender to the French Royal throne and only an American.

Wed, 12 Jan 2000 11:18:09 -0500
I once again have come to one of your sites (the Prince William e-mail pranks.) You are really too much. You're funny!

Wed, 12 Jan 2000 11:25:02 -0500
PS I can explain why people e-mail you two or three times a week because they think you are Prince William. Well, it is obviously because they think you are Prince William. And they are trying to make a connection with a figurehead in society. People have voids and certain things inside of their personalities -- and they are trying to make a CONNECTION with someone they perhaps look up to (someone whom they might feel will bring a little light into their lives and fill up their voids.) Also, there are other people out there who could be clinically diagnosed with O.C.D. (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and perhaps who have an obsession with the Prince. So they are also trying to make a connection for reasons regarding their obsessive nature (the obsessive thoughts with the Prince and the compulsion to carry out these obsessive thoughts by trying to make a connection and trying to contact him.) There are also perhaps others who have lost their mother or father and identify with the loss that the Prince had regarding his mother. So they are trying to, once again, make a connection out of identifying with the Prince's tragedy regarding his mother. On the whole and in all, people are very complex psychologically and there are many reasons why people are trying to make a connection with you thinking that you may be Prince William.

REPLY: Thanks very much.

Mon, 17 Jan 2000 01:19:20 -0500
You are very welcomed. I was also thinking as to why many responses were American. I believe that it might have something to do with the American culture. In America (as with every society) people are conditioned differently by their culture. How the Hollywood and media culture along with the lack of having genuine royalty in America may play a part in the American fascination with the Prince. Perhaps many people would like to get close to a fairy tale image of some sort. There is a mystical quality which exists within these realms. A place that many people would love to escape to, since their culture does not offer these mystical realms. As I've mentioned before, the reasons could be quarried up as being countless.
Cheer and happy new year!

Wed, 12 Jan 2000 10:55:03 -0800 (PST)
I am really stressed out. My dad had another one of his nosebleeds today (the third one this week.) My friend was annoying me on the phone at the same time it ironically happened with his non-empathatic sympathy (talking about my independence, versus now it might be better to hiar (sp?) help for my dad instead of getting to close and emotionally attached to him and his medical situation. I know that he meant well -- but I felt like smacking him because different people in life have different priorities. Some people are more self centered, others aren't. These are things that people have to judge for themselves. He doesn't understand – only things from his point of view. He still wants me to go on that trip with him. I know that he is trying to be helpful regarding my dad, but we are two different people with different priorities regarding our lives. So you can't expect us to think the same. I am going to call my dad's doctor and make an appointment today. Most likely, the air is just too dry for his nose as he is getting older, and his skin is getting thinner (along with dialysis thinning out his blood.) So it should be anything of great concern. Some people just don't know how to communicate with me and get under my skin. I KNOW my priorities about my life, and I will never regret all of the extra time that I've spent with my dad and mom. :-)

REPLY: I don't think I know you, or your dad. I wish him well, but you must have sent this to the wrong person, sorry.

Sun, 16 Jan 2000 22:29:50 -0800 (PST)
I definitely don't have the wrong person. I was the person who wrote you via my other account as to why people may write you thinking that you are the prince. I was having a difficult and trying day when I wrote this passage to you, starting with being woken up by my father because his nose was bleeding in the morning, him having to go to dialysis and then having to accompany my mother to an aneurysm surgeon for the ironic exact same life saving operation that my father had last April. Sometimes life is trying, and I find the medium of writing to be a great release to my daily challenges. Thanks for listening anyway.

Thu, 20 Jan 2000 14:03:20 -0800 (PST)
Hi. I just drove my friend and I back from my place in Brooklyn, NYC to my parent's house. The roads were really bad with the snow falling, and I had a headache that just wouldn't quit since last night (even after taking pain killer medicine that I had gotten from my friend's sister who is a nurse while I was in Austria. This headache was so bad that it woke me up a few times last night. Anyway, I am very concerned about my parents. My mother has to have the same life-saving aneurysm surgery that my father had last April. The surgeon was shocked and said that this was the first case of husband and wife that he ever had in his entire career. She will have to have the major operation within the next month. I can't believe that this is happening -- and within the same year, too. Sometimes I think that thing things that happen in life are ridiculous. My father also has a blood clot in his dialysis shunt in his arm, and couldn't finish his dialysis for the second time this week. Tomorrow he also has to see his surgeon and may have to have his arm operated on. The poor thing -- he is suffering so much and he sounded so weak last night on the phone. His arm swelled up like golf balls in the section where the shunts had been put in for his dialysis (where his needles have to go in for dialysis.) I am very worried and scared about all of this. Without dialysis, my father wouldn't be able to live for more than a month! I feel so very badly for both of my parent's and even for my brother and I. We've all been enduring so much with all of these things. My parents are too kind and sweet to be deserving such terrible things happening in their lives. I’ve been trying to be emotionally supportive and to just hang in there. But sometimes it's really difficult, especially knowing that this may be the beginning of an ending process for the lives of my parents. If anything happened to them, life would be really difficult for me. I love my parents very much and am saddened to see such tragedies that the progressions of life has brought to them and their health. :-(
Other than all of these things I am doing OK. Seeing "Fantasia 2000" at the Imax theatre in Manhattan the day before yesterday was great. My friend and I were walking by Central Park West when it was 5 degrees out around midnight after the movie let out on the way back to the subway. It was pretty but thank goodness we were dressed in layers! I felt like I was stuck in a huge freezer! Yesterdaymy friend and I also went to the NY Aquarium in Coney Island There were these really cool friendly walruses who kept coming up to us when they saw us through the glass of their tank. The mother walrus kept trying to push all of the others out of the way to see us and to communicate with us (making cute noises that sounded like kisses.) They were so cute! I also saw these beautiful tropical fishes, starfishes, corals and jellyfish. I had such a good time! I've been wanting to go here for a while. I'd like to hit the Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museum of Art next when I have the chance. Take care yourself and write back when you can.
REPLY: Thanks for your many messages, but I'm sorry I don't have the time to correspond. Wishing you well.

Mon, 24 Jan 2000 09:52:54 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Reply
I haven't sent to many messages. I am not sure where you are from, but many Americans are very friendly and not too formal. I am sorry if you don't have time to correspond. Even once a week would be good for me because I love to write and you sound classic. Your sense of humor is funny -- a real "pick me upper." Did you ever watch Monty Python? It sounds like to would be up your alley.
:-) Danielle

Wed, 9 Feb 2000 02:15:31 -0800 (PST)
The Math of Life
Smart man + smart woman = romance
etc. etc. etc.

REPLY: Please do not include me on your list when sending out this stuff. Thanks.

On Monday 6 March, I wrote to everyone who had ever written, telling them I had redesigned the site. Danielle wrote back four times in fifteen minutes.

Mon 06 Mar 2000 13:46:17 -0500
Thanks honey,
Marry me. Right now I am in the middle of a fight with an American wanker here. I am going to e-mail you our correspondence. He is totally clueless! You'll see what I mean when I forward you this thing in a second:

Mon, 06 Mar 2000 13:47:11 -0500
This is what guys are like here in the New York City area:
[She attached a long, personal, and clearly long-running, exchange of e-mails with a male friend]

Mon, 06 Mar 2000 13:50:02 -0500
He's totally clueless...
[She shared her latest response]

Mon, 6 Mar 2000 11:00:06 -0800 (PST)
As I said...marry me or at least become my boyfriend!
You can call me at 001-732-xxx-3739
Or snail mail at PO Box xxxx, Brick, NJ 08723, USA
I want to speak with you. You sound classic and a bit rebellious like me. Let's get together and start a love coup d'etat!

Then three years later ...

Tuesday 9 April 2003

Hello Psuedo Will you little diablos,
It is Danielle (your needy woman). I must say I had the biggest laugh ever when I saw our correspondence posted up under "Feedback." Classic. 4 years later I am still going to the Metropolitan Museum in NYC, among other things. I'm afraid that the royal story was a true story, however. Apparently you enjoyed it. :P Good material for your royal website, no? Since you seem to enjoy such brilliant history, further reading material for your enjoyment can be found at http://www.dentonhistory.org/Maximilian.html.

Anyway, hilarious that the original material made the hall of fame!

Love the needy woman,

PS Coup d'etat!

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