The most famous fairytale is undoubtedly Cinderella. Why? A royal marries a commoner and they live happily thereafter. For hundreds of centuries, royal families had advocated “equal marriages” for royals in the line for the crown. However, but now royals marrying commoners have become frequent. Furthermore, while we accept your statement of becoming a royal looking impossible, it looks it might happen anytime now. Here, a throwback to 10 Commoners Became Royals. Meanwhile, actress Meghan Markle will soon step into the royal household when she marries British Prince Harry in 2018.
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Prince William and Kate Middleton (United Kingdom)
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge happens to be one of the best-known commoners to become a princess.
The Duchess predominantly underwent a middle-class upbringing. Her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton ran a mail-order company selling games and toys for children’s parties. She spent her entire life in Berkshire (Bucklebury). Moreover, Kate’s parents met each other when they were employed at British Airways. To begin with, Carole worked as an air stewardess and Michael worked as a flight dispatcher.
The Duchess studied at Wiltshire’s Marlborough College.
Prince William might have undergone a royal upbringing, but he met his future wife in a subtle manner – in college. Prince Williams met Princess Kate, then just commoner Kate Middleton, at the St. Salvator’s Hall in Scotland’s St. Andrews University.
They dated right throughout college and finally got engaged in the year 2010. Prince Williams married Kate Middleton in a much-fancied fairytale wedding in 2011.
Prince Felipe and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolana (Spain)
When Prince Felipe married Letizia in 2004, she immediately became the first Spanish commoner to become a queen prospect.
On the other hand, she previously worked as a TV anchor. The royal couple met for the first time along the Galicia Coast in 2002 for a show.
In addition, Letizia has also worked for CNN+, state agency EFE, and in ABC news as a journalist.
Together, the royal pair has two daughters. Even though she had married earlier, Spain’s Catholic Church did not oppose the marriage. However, they allowed the wedding on the grounds that her previous marriage did not take place in a church.
King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson (United Kingdom)
Arguably, the most unpopular marriage between a commoner and a royal happened when divorcée Wallis Simpson wed King Edward VIII. As a result, Church of England and Parliament disagreed with the King in this matter.
Moreover, King Edward VIII abdicated his right to the throne because his family disapproved Simpson as Queen.
However, at the end, King Edward VIII picked love over the throne and King George VI succeeded him to the throne.
And Edward married the two-time American divorcée, Wallis Simpson in 1937 after he abdicated his right in 1936.
Thereupon, the couple then moved to France and lived in exile.
Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling (Sweden)
Princess Victoria married Daniel Westling, a gym trainer, in 2010. Fitness Expert Daniel Westling first met Victoria in 2001.
The couple formally announced their engagement in 2009 and they got married in 2010. The Princess gave birth to a daughter, Estelle in 2012 (February).
Olof Daniel Westling comes from a middle-class family located in central Sweden. Daniel Westling’s mother worked in the Swedish post office. Meanwhile, Daniel’s father worked as a manager in a municipal social centre.
Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly (Monaco)
Before she married a prince, Grace Kelly scorched Hollywood as a top actress. Moreover, after becoming a princess she lost her commoner status.
Born and brought up in Philadelphia, Grace Kelly began her career acting in Hollywood movies. In the year 1955, Kelly bagged the Oscar for Best Actress for the ‘The Country Girl’.
Later, she apparently met the Prince of Monaco at a film festival in France in 1955. Consequently, she left her acting career to marry Prince Rainier III and settled in Monaco in 1956.
Finally, she passed away in a car accident in 1982.
Prince Frederik and Mary Elizabeth Donaldson (Denmark)
The royal pair met in a pretty dark ambience in Sydney’s –The Slip Inn bar. They met during the Summer Olympics of 2000. Moreover, at that time, Mary was not aware of Frederik’s monarch status.
They got married in 2004 and have fostered four children.
Before she married Prince Frederik, Tasmania born Ms Mary Elizabeth Donaldson worked as an estate agent. Ms Mary’s father, John Donaldson was a math professor. Her mother, Henrietta Donaldson passed away in 1997.
Mary’s stepmother, Susan Elizabeth Horwood, popularly known as Susan Moody, the British author.
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko (Japan)
Crown Prince Akihito married the women of his choice. Michiko Shoda became the first Japanese commoner to become a part of the Japanese Imperial family.
As a matter of fact, Ms Michiko met her future husband at a sports event in 1957 summer. Moreover, the couple entered into wedlock a couple of years later. In addition, they have three children.
Ms Michiko Shoda attended the prestigious Oxford and Harvard. She studied English Literature.
Her husband, Emperor Akihito ascended the throne in 1989 after his father’s demise.
Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock (Monaco)
Ms Wittstock married his Highness Prince Albert II in 2011. Interestingly, the former swimmer from South Africa met Prince Albert II in Monaco in 2000. Not to mention, they debuted as a couple in Turin at the 2006 Winter Olympics.
The couple received widespread media coverage during their courtship.
Born and brought up in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Ms Wittstock’s family moved to South Africa when she was 12.
Furthermore, Ms Wittstock participated in 2000 Sydney Olympics representing South Africa.
Prince Albert II ascended the throne since Prince Albert III passed away in 2005. His mother, Grace Kelly, ruled Hollywood as one of the most wanted actresses in her era.
King Abdullah II and Rania (Jordan)
Queen Rania remains as the most famous public figure in the Arab world, widely known for her charitable work and elegance.
In addition, she met her prince charming at a social dinner function in 1993.
Notably, just after two months they officially got engaged. Now, they have four children.
Prior to her marriage, Queen Rania worked for Apple and Citibank after earning her business administration degree.
A medical practitioner’s daughter, Queen Rania was born in 1970 in Kuwait to a family with Palestinian legacy
King Willem-Alexander and Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti (The Netherlands)
Born in Argentina, Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti worked at the Deutsche Bank in America’s New York City. On the positive side, she met Prince Willem in America in 1999.
Then, the couple met once again at a fair in Spain where the Prince familiarized himself just as “Alexander”. But when he mentioned his true identity sometime later, she believed he was clowning.
Eventually, Prince Willem-Alexander married Máxima on February 2nd, 2002. To summarize, Máxima’s parents did not attend their daughter’s wedding due to royal protocol.