Maryland businessman David Howe got a call last year from an English genealogist telling him that he descends from the last king of the Isle of Man. So, he crowned himself king and set up a website.
Many Isle of Man residents are not happy about Howe's proclamation, however. There are Internet postings questioning Howe's legitimacy, even demanding that authorities intervene.
Howe said he was surprised by the backlash.
"I haven't hired a general, I haven't raised an army, and I have no plans to invade," Howe said.
Howe has never visited the island, but he said he plans to go with his family in the spring. [Link]Following in the footsteps of William the Conqueror and Richard the Lionheart, Howe established his claim by publishing a notice in a London newspaper (pdf).