He did not pursue this campaign, and did not appear on the ballot.
On September 18, 2017, Anhalt again announced his candidacy for Governor of California, this time in the 2018 election.
On August 14, 1986, he married Hungarian-born American actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was 26 years his senior.
It was his seventh marriage: he had married and divorced six times before, on one occasion receiving a settlement of $4 million. "It was a friendship, but when you're with someone over a certain time you fall in love." Since the death of Gabor in December 2016, von Anhalt has inherited her Bel Air mansion and all of her assets as the sole remaining heir.
He changed his name after paying titular Princess Marie-Auguste of Anhalt to adopt him as an adult.
Upon adoption, Lichtenberg's name became "Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt", although "Prinz" is part of the legal surname and not a princely title.
Since 1919, former royal and noble titles in Germany, which were all abolished then, may only be used legitimately as part of registered, legal surnames.