Well, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry do capture the entire world, but she is not the first American to tie knot with royalty.
There’s a long tradition of Americans marrying into another country’s royal family from Princess Grace to Queen Noor of Jordan. Although Meghan Markle may be today’s most famous, here are 15 other Americans who paved the way for the aristocracy.
Grace Kelly was among the 20th century’s most popular actresses. During a photo shoot, she met with her future partner, Prince Rainier III of Monaco. They had three children: Caroline, Stephanie, Princesses, and Albert. From 1956 the two were together until the unfortunate death of Kelly in 1982, when she suffered a stroke and wrecked her car. Kelly continues to be a part of our modern zeitgeist. In 2014 Nicole Kidman played the princess in the biopic “Grace of Monaco” and in 2017 Miranda Kerr’s wedding dress was inspired by Kelly’s timeless elegance.
Established as the Crown Princess of Greece, Marie-Chantal Miller is more than just a princess. She is the creator of the apparel company with her own daughters, named Marie-Chantal, and a five-mom. In reality, in July her oldest daughter had just celebrated her 24th birthday. Marie-Chantal married Pavlov, Greece’s Crown Prince, after a six-month relationship since 1995. Her dress was a pearl-encrusted Valentino style, supposedly costing USD225,000.
Caroline Lee Radziwill was an American socialite and former actress known for her impeccable sense of style (named the Best Dressed List Hall of Fame International in 1996). She was married and divorced three times — she married Prince Stanislaw Albrecht Radziwill of Poland in 1959, the same year as she divorced her first husband Michael Temple Manfield. Together they had two daughters, Anthony and Tina, and they married for 15 years. She was later married to Herbert Ross but in 2001 she divorced. She died at age 85 in 2019.
Six months after she met him in 2003 Olivia Wilde married Tao Ruspoli, the son of Prince Alessandro Ruspoli. The two married before Wilde filed for divorce in 2011. She’s said getting married “started her growth” so soon. Wilde now has two kids with the actor Jason Sudeikis: Otis and Daisy.
From 1978 until his death in 1999 Lisa Halaby married King Hussein of Jordan. Formerly an urban planner, the two had met Queen Alia, the late wife of the king, at an airport dedication. After a six-week courtship they were engaged and had four children together: Prince Hamzah, Prince Hashim, Princess Iman and Princess Raiyah. Queen Noor became An Arab country’s first American-born queen. She needs constant protection-King Hussein has survived more than 25 attempts at assassination.