In a seemingly real life fairytale, one adopted woman has grown up only to find out she is actually an African princess.
Sarah Culberson was adopted at birth by a family in West Virginia and had a relatively normal upbringing.
Throughout her childhood, the now-46-year-old revealed that she had always thought about her birth family and felt curious about her familial background.
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In an interview with UNILAD, Culberson told reporters, “As I got older, I started to notice, ‘OK, I look different than everybody else.” I knew I was adopted and then I started to wonder about my birth family.” Watch the clip above.
And while Culberson knew she was different, she had no idea she actually came from royalty.
In an effort to reach her birth parents, Culberson investigated the whereabouts of her biological mother. However, she was left heartbroken after finding out her mother – a white American woman – had passed away years earlier.
As more years went by, Culberson’s curiosity persisted and at 28 years old, she decided to hire a private investigator to find her biological father.
Investigations suggested that Culberson’s father was based in Maryland, so she decided to pen a letter to him and mail it.
Days later, Culberson received a call from her uncle – who was actually the one residing in Maryland – expressing his gratitude that she had been “found.”
“Oh Sarah! We are so happy you have been found. Do you know who you are?” he exclaimed on the phone.
A confused Culberson replied, “I’m Sarah.””
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She continued: “He says, ‘You are part of a royal family. Your great-grandfather was a paramount chief, your grandfather was knighted Justice of the Peace by the Queen of England.”
“You can be chief someday. You are a princess in this country.”
Culberson was left in disbelief: “I was literally thinking, ‘What in the world is he talking about?’ This is a little bit overwhelming.”
Her uncle went on to explain her royal lineage, revealing that her father was Joseph Konia Kposowa, a chief in Sierra Leone. He promptly told Culberson that he would contact her father so that they could be reunited.
Just two weeks later, Culberson spoke to her father on the phone and he asked for her forgiveness saying he had tried to find her but struggled as her name had changed.
Culberson assured her father that he did not need to be sorry as she had enjoyed a beautiful upbringing in America.
Months later, Culberson traveled to Sierra Leone where she received a truly royal welcome and was reunited with her family.
“It was beautiful to be welcomed and loved,” she said. “It was so spectacular.”
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Princess Sarah Jane Culberson has now found her “purpose” adding, “It’s given me a whole ‘nother level in my life.”
The royal is now dedicating her life to improving education levels in Africa and has written a book, ‘A Princess Found: An American Family, an African Chiefdom, and the Daughter Who Connected Them All,’ detailing her truly remarkable life story.
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