Posted: November 27, 2017
By Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
British royal family officials on Monday announced the engagement of Prince Harry of Wales and actress Meghan Markle, but she isn’t the first American to get the royal treatment.
The marriage, set to take place in spring, will be the first for Harry and the second for Markle.
Congratulations Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle on their engagement!— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 27, 2017
His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle this afternoon visited Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden for a photocall to mark the happy news. pic.twitter.com/gEctA368ua
Here’s a look at five other Americans who married royalty:
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Actress Meghan Markle is set to wed Britain’s Prince Harry, but the royal protocols mean the nuptials won’t officially make the American “Princess Meghan.”
After the couple weds, Markle will take on her husband’s title and become Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales; however, she won’t be “Princess Meghan” because she’s not of royal blood, the Evening Standard reported. According to protocol, a person cannot become royal through marriage.
“The privilege of having princess before your first name is strictly reserved for women born into the royal family,” the Evening Standard reported.
Markle is likely, however, to be dubbed “Princess Meghan” by the media.
Lady Diana Spencer was never officially "Princess Diana," despite her 1981 marriage to Prince Charles of Wales. BBC News reported that she held the title of Princess of Wales while wed to Charles. After their divorce, she became Diana, Princess of Wales.
Prince Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, is expected to bestow a title on Harry on the morning of his nuptials, following royal tradition. The Guardian reported that he will likely become the Duke of Sussex, making Markle a duchess.
Harry’s older brother, Prince William, was made the Duke of Cambridge in 2011, when he wed Catherine “Kate” Middleton, making his wife the Duchess of Cambridge. Middleton is not officially called “Princess Kate.”
British royal family officials announced Monday that Prince Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, became engaged in London in November. The couple will wed next spring and plan to live at Kensington Palace's Nottingham Cottage.
Markle, who has portrayed Rachel Zane on the USA series "Suits" since 2011, started dating Harry in July 2016.
Prince Harry may have come up with a touching way to honor his late mother, Princess Diana, with his engagement ring for his fiancee, American actress Meghan Markle.
Us Weekly reported Friday that Prince Harry will not choose a family heirloom for Markle’s engagement ring as his brother Prince William did for Duchess Kate. Instead, he’s reportedly commissioned a new, very special ring for her, according to royal sources. The ring, however, won’t completely lack family history, as it will reportedly feature diamonds from a brooch that once belonged to Princess Diana.
The news comes after several jewelry experts made predictions about what kind of ring Prince Harry will choose.
“I think it will be extremely unique. I think he will buy her something new and something quite modern,” royal jewelry expert Leslie Field told People last week.
Meanwhile, David Law told the Daily Express in October that incorporating smaller diamonds around the ring’s main stone may be the route he chooses, saying, “Looking back throughout history, royals have frequently chosen a ring featuring diamonds around the center stone.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Tuesday announced that the couple is expecting their third child in April.
Kensington Palace officials shared the announcement in a post on Twitter.
The duke and duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, announced last month that they were expecting. The couple has two children, 4-year-old Prince George and 2-year-old Princess Charlotte.
Kensington Palace officials said in a statement that Queen Elizabeth and other family members were "delighted with the news."
The duchess, 35, suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe morning sickness, during her first two pregnancies, and Kensington Palace officials said last month that she was again dealing with the illness through her third pregnancy.
Hyperemesis gravidarum affects about one in every 200 pregnancies, BBC News reported. Symptoms include severe and constant nausea, dehydration and reduced appetite, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle attended Saturday’s opening ceremony of the prince’s Invictus Games for injured military service members. Markle was seen in the stands at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, but she was not sitting next to Harry.
During the ceremony, the prince told the audience he wanted the world to be inspired “by the spirit of those who wear the uniform.”
There had been speculation that the event would mark the first official public appearance of Prince Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, as a couple.
The actress, who lives in the host city, smiled and applauded as the competitors arrived in the stadium. Markle recently spoke about her relationship with the prince to Vanity Fair magazine. “We’re two people who are really happy and in love,” the 36-year-old said.
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