From Rags to Riches: 21+ Regular People Who Married into Royalty
These days, you do not need to be an aristocrat to find your own prince, although most of them are already married. The following people had no problem finding the right husband or wife despite their commoner status, so let’s take a look at who they are.
1. Grace Kelly: Princess of Monaco
She started her acting career in 1950, and in 1956, she retired to marry Rainier II, the Prince of Monaco, after meeting him during the Cannes Film Festival in 1955, an event she almost did not attend. They had three children together.
2. Charlene Wittstock: Princess of Monaco
The former South African Olympic swimmer met Prince Albert II, the son of Grace Kelly, in 2000. They revealed their relationship in 2006 at the opening of the Winter Olympics and got married in 2011. In 2014, Charlene delivered twins.
3. Kate Middleton: Duchess of Cambridge
Kate went to the University of St. Andrews, where she met Prince William in 2001. They dated and broke up a couple of times in the following years but got married on April 29, 2011, in one of the most popular royal weddings. They currently have three children: George, Charlotte, and Louis.
4. Silvia Sommerlath: Queen of Sweden
She was a hostess working during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. She met Prince Carl Gustaf of Sweden, who ascended the throne in 1973. They got married in 1976, had three children and five grandchildren.
5. Daniel Westling: Prince of Sweden, Duke of Västergötland
He owned a gym and was a personal trainer when he met Crown Princess Victoria in 2001. He had to resign from his CEO job from the gym company, Balance, in 2009. They got married in 2010 and had two children.
6. Sofia Hellqvist: Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Värmland
She was originally a model and had appeared on reality television shows. In 2010, she started dating Prince Carl Phillip, and they got married in June 2015. They have two children, Prince Alexander who was born in April 2016, and the second one was born on September 2017.
7. Michiko Shōda: Empress of Japan
In 1957, Michiko met the Crown prince Akihito during a tennis match. His mother and others did not approve of their relationship, but they got married in 1959, making Michiko the first commoner to enter the Imperial Family.
8. Masako Owada: Crown Princess of Japan
After graduating from Harvard, Masako went back to Japan to study law at the University of Tokyo in 1986. She met Crown Prince Naruhito during a tea hosted by the Duchess of Lugo. They got married in 1993.
9. Máxima Zorreguieta: Queen of the Netherlands
She met Prince Willem-Alexander in 1999 when she was the vice president of sales at Deutsche Bank in New York. The prince did not tell her he was royal after their meeting during the Sevilla Spring Fair in Spain, but they got married in 2002 and have three daughters.
10. Letizia Ortiz: Queen of Spain
She was a journalist before marrying Prince Felipe VI in 2004. They have two daughters. Prince Felipe ascended the throne when his father abdicated in 2014, making Letizia the first commoner to become Queen of Spain.
11. Masenate Mohato Seeiso: Queen of Lesotho
Her former name was Anna Karabo Mots'oeneng, and she got engaged to King Letsie III in 1999 when she was attending the National University of Lesotho. They got married in 2000 and had three children together.
12. Mary Elizabeth Donaldson: Crown Princess of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat
She met Prince Frederik at a bar in Sydney in 2000, during the Summer Olympics. Mary decided to live in Denmark in 2002, working as a consultant for Microsoft Business Solutions. They got married in 2004 and had four children.
13. Marie Agathe Odile Cavallier: Princess of Denmark
She had a nice career in marketing when she met Prince Joachim at an event. They got married in May 2008, though Marie was not sure about joining a royal family. They had two children, and she became stepmother to Joachim’s two previous kids.
14. Tatiana Blatnik: Princess of Greece and Denmark
She got her degree in Sociology from Georgetown in 2003, and that year, she met Prince Nikolaos. Tatiana later worked for a fashion designer, until 2010 when she started planning her wedding. They got married on August 2010.
15. Sonja Haraldsen: Queen of Norway
She met Crown Prince Harald in 1959, and in 1968, they were granted permission to marry by the king. They walked down the aisle later that year and had two children. She became Queen in 1991 when her husband took the throne.
16. Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby: Crown Princess of Norway
She met Crown prince Haakon during the Quart Festival, an important rock event in Norway. By the time they met again two years later, she had a kid. They got married in 2001 and had two more children.
17. Rania Al-Abdullah: Queen of Jordan
She worked at the marketing department of Citibank and later at Apple Computers in Amman. She met Abdullah at a party in 1992 and got married a year later. He took the throne in 1999 after the death of his father.
18. Jetsun Pema: Queen of Bhutan
According to rumors, she met Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck during a picnic when she was just seven and he was 17. Jigme ascended the throne in 2008 after his father abdicated. They got married in 2011.
19. Meghan Markle: Duchess of Sussex
Meghan was an actress, fashion designer, and activist, and they met thanks to a mutual friend after he had admired her from her show, Suits. They got married on May 19, 2018, at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
20. Jack Brooksbank: Does not have a title
He is the brand ambassador of George Clooney’s tequila company Casamigos, and he married Princess Eugenie, the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, on October 2018. Queen Elizabeth II is Eugenie’s grandmother.
21. Kei Moriya: Married to Princess Ayako
Kei works for a shipping company called Nippon Yusen, and Ayako renounced her title to marry the man she loved. Only royal women in Japan have to give up their titles to marry commoners because Emperor Akihito was able to marry Michiko Shoda in 1959 without abdicating.
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Sources used: This Is Insider
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