Sorry, Karen. There is a new Grand Dame on The Real Housewives of Potomac.
Candiace Dillard is currently in the midst of planning her wedding to longtime love Chris Bassett, but her mom Dorothy is determined to control every detail of the nuptials down to the guest list.
When Candiace told her mother she was inviting her half-brother Michael to her wedding, Dorothy, who is paying for a majority of the wedding FYI, really let her daughter know how she felt.
"That's bulls--t Candiace," Dorothy tells her daughter. "This situation with your dad and his cheating and his lying, that's what you're bringing into the wedding... Why do you chase after his illegitimate children that have never been a part of your life? That doesn't make sense, Candiace. Did you consider me? Did you consider my family? It's embarrassing to my family and to me."
So, what happened between Dorothy and Candaice's father?
Candiace revealed on the show that while her parents are now divorced, they were each others first loves. However, before tying the knot, her father, Walter, "had a tryst" in college, which resulted in the birth of a baby boy aka her half-brother.
"The two times in my life that I have talked about my half-brother, she has gotten really angry. Which I understand to a certain extent with the way that he came about," Candiace said of the cheating scandal. "I think that when she thinks about him, he reminds her of her pain. Which I understand, but he’s a great person and it sucks that I can’t have that relationship out in the open. I feel guilty about it."
In a one-on-one interview to the camera, Candiace tried to see where her mother was coming from, adding, “The love of her life betrayed her. That’s not lost on me. What is lost on me is the fact that you’re not able to place those emotions and deal with them 30 plus years later."
Dorothy has moved on from her ex and is happily married.
On social media, Dorothy is known to gush about her husband Ronald. She recently shared a photo of the couple, and joked about the cost of her daughter's wedding.
"Wedding day, August 2018. A Royal Wedding. Was it really $500.00 per plate?? Lolol," she wrote. She also shared a throwback of the couple from two decades ago, adding, "Christmas 1999 and Christmas 2018. And the beat goes on."
But she makes it very clear she's a strong independent woman.
Wedding drama aside, Ms. Dorothy — as she goes by on Instagram — is self-proclaimed queen and boss. Dorothy is an Air Force physician, a graduate of Stillman College, and a proud member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
She is also her daughter's biggest supporter, despite their disagreements.
"As much as my mom and I will go at it and fight, at the end of the day she's my mom," Candiace explained last season. "It has more to do with her just wanting what's best for me."
What is Dorothy's net worth?
It is unclear exactly how much Dorothy is worth, but it is pretty obvious that she does very well for herself. Along with paying for her daughter's six-figure wedding, Dorothy also financially supports her former beauty queen daughter, who at one point was living in her mom's vacation home.
"I think because my mother contributes a lot financially to my life, she thinks that she owns me," Candiace said. "We're already over $100,000 for the wedding. She could say the most scathing, ugly thing but she wrote this check so you need to be grateful and be quiet."
Candiace, on the other hand, is reportedly worth an estimated $4.5 million. Aside from acquiring income from the Bravo show, Candiace is the CEO of a pageant consulting company, as well as the co-founder of a beauty company called Prima Hair Collection. Before that, Candiace worked as an intern at the White House Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, where she liaised between the White House and the African American community for President Barack Obama.
She was also won the crown and title of Miss United States in 2013.
Now that's an inspiring mother-daughter duo! Catch new episodes of Real Housewives of Potomac on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.
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