10 ‘commoners’ who wed royals: Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton and 8 other princesses who once were actresses, journalists and even reality TV contestants
It’s safe to say we’re all obsessed with royal romances. Particularly the idea of mere mortals marrying into royal families and living happily ever after. So we’ve put together our favourite selection of regular folk who’ve lived out their very own Disney fairy-tale by marrying royalty. Here are 10 “commoners” who married into royal families …
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Prince Christian of Hanover and Alessandra De Osma
Prince Christian of Hanover met Alessandra De Osma when she served as his tour guide during one of his visits to her country of Peru in 2005. The lawyer and former model married her prince in an extravagant ceremony in the streets of Lima in 2018. On July 7, 2020, Alessandrade Osma gave birth to twins, one boy and one girl, in Madrid.
Prince Casimir zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn and Alana Bunte
Alana Bunte was an American model before she married German Prince Casimir zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, a descendant of England’s King James II. Prince Casimir had previously been married to Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, but they divorced in 2005. He then dated Real Housewives of New York star Tinsley Mortimer before he met Bunte. The couple announced their engagement in June 2017 and they tied the knot in a 12th century castle in Bendorf, Germany.
Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland, and Prince Carl Philip
Before becoming Princess of Sweden, Sofia Hellqvist was a model and reality TV contestant. Prince Carl Philip is the son of Queen Silvia Sommerlath and King Carl Gustaf of Sweden. The prince and Sofia began dating in 2010 after meeting through mutual friends at a nightclub in Båstad, Southern Sweden. The couple married in June 2015 and have two children: Prince Alexander was born in April 2016, and they welcomed their second child, Prince Gabriel, in August 2017.
Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo
Kate Middleton and Prince William
Charlene Wittstock and Prince Albert II, the Prince of Monaco
Prince Joachim of Denmark and Princess Marie Agathe Odile Cavallier
Prince Joachim and Princess Marie met while Joachim was still married to his first wife, Countess Alexandra. Marie had a highly successful career in marketing with having worked at Estée Lauder and Reuter’s financial news agency, Radianz. She first came to public attention when she was photographed on a private holiday in France with the prince in August 2005. In 2007, it was officially announced that Marie Cavallier was engaged to Prince Joachim. The wedding took place on May 24, 2008 in Møgeltønder Church.
Silvia Sommerlath and Prince Carl Gustaf of Sweden
Silvia was working as a hostess at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich when she met then-Prince Carl Gustaf of Sweden. The prince ascended to the throne after the death of his grandfather in 1973. The couple married in 1976 and Silvia became the queen of Sweden. The couple now have three children and seven grandchildren.
Grace Kelly with Rainier III, Prince of Monaco
- Hollywood actress Grace Kelly wed Rainier III, Prince of Monaco in 1956 while their son, Prince Albert II, married Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock in 2011
- Silvia Sommerlath was a hostess at the 1972 Olympics but four years later became queen of Sweden after marrying Prince Carl Gustaf