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Who is Hanna Jaff? Meet the Kurdish-Mexican Netflix reality TV star marrying into British royal family

The reality star is marrying the cousin of Britain's Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice

Hanna Jaff appeared on Netflix series 'Made in Mexico'. Courtesy Netflix
Hanna Jaff appeared on Netflix series 'Made in Mexico'. Courtesy Netflix

If you're a reality TV fan, Hanna Jaff may well be a familiar face and name. The Kurdish Mexican Made in Mexico star is marrying into the British royal family.

Earlier this year, the 33-year-old got engaged to Henry Roper-Curzon, 34, the heir to the title Lord 22nd Baron of Teynham and nephew of Sarah Ferguson, making him Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice's cousin.

Like Harry and Meghan, the couple was introduced by a mutual friend.

Hanna Jaff and Henry Roper-Curzon:

Jaff is the daughter of Kurdish businessman Dawood Jaff, who is Muslim, and Mexican Lilia Laura who is a Catholic.

Of her Kurdish ancestry, her website explains: "She is a descendant of Mohamed Pasha Jaff, Lady Adela, Osman Pasha Jaff, and Mahmud Pasha Jaff. Sherwana Castle is their ancestral home."

Dawood Jaff, the father of Hanna Jaff:

She explained how her parents originally met. This is what she told to KTLA Morning News: "My dad came to study his masters in Los Angeles [while] my mum was studying a design certificate, and they met and have been 36 years married.

"In my house it was always every language in the world, two faiths ... so I grew up in this bi-national, bi-lingual, bi-everything [home]."

Jaff was born in San Diego in 1986, and moved to Tijuana, Mexico, as a child.

She describes herself as a "politician, philanthropist, conference speaker, human rights activist and author." She runs the Jaff Foundation, a charity organisation that focuses on the rights of immigrants.

Since September 2018, she has starred in Netflix's reality TV show Made in Mexico, a series that follows the daily lives of young aristocrats in Mexico City. Roper-Curzon has not featured on the show.

Marrying into British royalty

Jaff and Roper-Curzon got engaged in the Swiss Alps in the winter of 2019. The socialite recently captioned an Instagram photo with her fiance: "The happiest I’ve ever been! Can’t wait to marry you".

Updated: March 12, 2020 12:58 PM

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