A retired grocery clerk from Yuba City, CA may be the next Earl of Essex. Bill Capell, also known as the Right Honorable Lord William Capell, earned the right to put his name forward and possibly be chosen by the Queen with the death of his cousin, the last Earl of Essex.
Capell would eb required to give up his American citizenship if he decided to accept the title. The rank comes with the privilege of serving in the house of Lords but no money, according to Capell.
Thanks to Lord Zachariah von Marksburgh for the story contribution.