'The Family Chantel' finale recap: Chantel's family supports Royal and Angenette at wedding, Alejandro gives Nicole a promise ring
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/15/2020
The Family Chantel featured Chantel Everett and her family supporting Royal and Angenette at their official wedding in the Philippines and Alejandro giving Nicole a promise ring to signify his lifelong commitment to her during Monday night's finale episode on TLC.
The Family Chantel broadcast began with Royal saying family drama had kept him up all night and his whole family embarrassed him.
Royal's mother Karen said she enjoyed the party prior to her son kicking her out and she didn't mean any harm -- nor did she raise her voice -- when speaking to Angenette's mother about what seemed to be a Facebook scam.
Royal said Angenette was very upset at her wedding celebration.
"All [Angenette] had to say was, 'I might've been talking to other American men on the Facebook but I found love with Royal.' That's it," Royal's father Thomas noted.
But Royal reminded his family that he was already married and so concerns or skepticism about his wife reflected poorly on Angenette's character and how they viewed her.
Chantel said the family wanted to be a part of the most important day in Royal's life, and Pedro said, "I have my tux ready! Just let me know!"
Royal told the cameras he didn't think negatively or badly about his family and all he wanted was for them to relax and support him -- without doubts or suspicions. Royal just asked his family not to cause any problems at the ceremony and reception.
Royal just hoped everyone would be able to get along, and he was a little nervous about Angenette's mindset since he wasn't going to be able to see her again until she's walking down the aisle.
Meanwhile, in the Dominican Republic, Nicole said she was having a blast with Alejandro at the carnival but her heart was still sad because her mother Lidia didn't approve of her relationship.
Alejandro and Nicole then sat down for a chat at the carnival, and Alejandro explained he never expected Nicole's mother to act like that but life is totally unexpected.
"I love you and I am willing to fight a lot for you and our relationship," Alejandro said.
"And I really want to demonstrate all the love I have for you and what you mean to me. You really are the love of my life, and I really want your mother and brother to see how beautiful this relationship is."
Alejandro then got down on one knee and presented Nicole with "a promise ring."
Nicole appeared overjoyed as Alejandro put the diamond on her finger, and Nicole said the ring was excellent and beautiful. The bells were ringing as Alejandro and Nicole enjoyed the special moment together.
"Since I'm still married, we can't be engaged or anything like that. I'm giving her a promise ring as a commitment that we are gonna get married someday," Alejandro said in a confessional.
Nicole said the ring was confirmation Alejandro was taking their relationship seriously and wouldn't leave her. Nicole wasn't expecting the big gesture at all, and she gushed about feeling "euphoric" and in love.
Alejandro said he'd fight for Nicole no matter the opposition, and Nicole had no idea how her mother was going to react to this news.
Back in the Philippines, Angenette had her hair and makeup done on her wedding day, and she said it was really embarrassing for Chantel to accuse her of using her mother's Facebook to pick up American guys.
"My [aunt] said, 'Our family is not a slut. We don't need their money,'" Angenette said in tears.
Angenette didn't really want Royal's family to attend the wedding, but Royal hoped his wife would understand that he wants his family there and at the end of the day, they love each other.
Chantel, Karen and Winter dressed in traditional hoopskirt sparkly gowns that looked like 1970s prom dresses. Angenette said she didn't trust Royal's "unpredictable" family but she was still excited about the wedding.
Meanwhile, Nicole returned to her house to speak with her mother about Alejandro, who was scheduled to fly back to New York the following day.
Nicole said Alejandro had surprised her at the carnival with a really special moment, and then Nicole showed Lidia the ring.
"Oh God. How ridiculous," Lidia responded. "A married man giving a ring. You are looking ridiculous, my daughter. I think that you shouldn't have accepted that ring."
Nicole explained the ring was a promise ring and not an engagement ring and they both wanted a life with each other. Nicole said Alejandro just needed to finalize his divorce.
Lidia said all men say the same thing and Alejandro was playing with her daughter's feelings and being deceitful.
"He doesn't really love you," Lidia argued. "What he really wants to achieve is to be with you in bed. After he gets tired of that, he will return to his house."
"That won't happen," Nicole said.
"Don't doubt it," Lidia replied.
Nicole insisted her situation was different from what her mother had been through and she was tired of Lidia comparing the two scenarios. Nicole was certain that Alejandro was not lying to her.
"I don't think that is the right man for you," Lidia said, adding that Alejandro would be Nicole's man for a short time.
Nicole accused her mother of telling lies, and she said she accepted Alejandro's ring with all the love in the world.
"This is real... This will be fine," Nicole shouted.
"I went through that situation because I didn't take my mother's advice," Lidia said. "And there were consequences."
Nicole stormed out of her mother's house offended and was tired of Lidia being so "negative." Nicole said Alejandro just needed to finalize his divorce in order to give her a little more peace of mind.
It then became time for Angenette and Royal's wedding in the Philippines.
Chantel, Karen and Winter showed up in their gowns and no one else was dressed up. Angenette's bridesmaids then rushed Royal's family to go inside the church so they could start.
Angenette looked beautiful in her lace off-the-shoulder dress with her hair pulled back in a low bun.
When Angenette saw Royal's family in the church, she said she didn't want much to do with them.
Royal and Angenette then exchanged vows, seemingly much to Chantel's dismay.
"I'm not confused about a thing. I know that Angenette and her family were trying to pull one over and get as many green cards out of our family as they could," Chantel complained to the cameras.
"My brother knows everything. [Royal] knows Angenette was talking to five guys when he met her. My brother knows that she had her mother's Facebook account password and messages other men from it."
Chantel continued, "If he's willing to turn a blind eye to all this, I can't stop him. I only hope her and Royal can work towards a healthy relationship, because I would hate for my brother to be with somebody for the rest of his life who treats him so poorly."
Angenette said Royal's family behaved inside the church and it was a pleasant surprise for her. However, Angenette suggested she didn't have to like them going forward.
Thomas noted there appeared to be "some devious people" in the Philippines but he just wanted to be supportive, and Karen added, "We come in peace."
Back in the Dominican Republic, Nicole accompanied Alejandro to the airport.
Alejandro was upset to hear about Lidia's reaction because he thought the ring would have changed the situation. Nicole knew Alejandro was having a tough time, but the situation was stressful for her as well.
"Lidia is very difficult, and I am sick and tired of trying to work things out with her," Alejandro told the cameras.
Alejandro believed Nicole's mother had never even given him a chance, and he wanted to make sure Nicole wanted to continue on with their relationship.
Nicole told Alejandro very seriously that he needed to finalize their divorce so they could be together.
"It's the only way to show my mom that she was wrong," Nicole said. "My mom told me that a married man never gets a divorce, that you guys always end up returning to the [wife] and only do this to escape from your problems."
Nicole wanted to prove her relationship was real, and Alejandro said he'd work on that immediately after returning to New York. Alejandro assured Nicole that he wasn't lying to her and he would split up from his wife.
The pair then hugged each other and expressed their mutual love before saying goodbye.
Nicole said she didn't have any doubts about her feelings for Alejandro, but at the same time, she wondered if their relationship was going to work out due to all the circumstances surrounding them such as Alejandro's pending divorce and Lidia's disapproval.
Chantel's family then enjoyed Royal and Angenette's wedding reception.
"I'm not mad. We don't hate anybody, but what we do dislike is what was done. That was very foul," Karen explained to the cameras. "But I always do what I think I should."
Thomas added the proper way to behave was being "cordial and polite" in family settings. Thomas thanked Angenette's parents for inviting them to the celebration and said the family loved Angenette.
Angenette's parents Andy and Antonieta, however, thought Royal's family was being fake in what they said and how they acted.
Royal thought the wedding overall was wonderful, memorable and magical, and Angenette said she appreciated Royal's family traveling over 24 hours to attend.
"But I will not trust them anymore, especially Chantel," Angenette said in a confessional. "But Royal is my husband, so I need to have a good relationship with her family, but that's it, normal and just civil."
Karen said she still had love for Angenette and Royal and she wished them a successful marriage -- if that's what they want to have.
Chantel thought the trip brought her family closer together in a strange way because everything was out in the open.