In honor for Prince Harry's nuptials to American actress Meghan Markle this week, we put together a list of five royals who married commoners (just to name a few). It's not like we're jealous of them, or anything.
Rainier Grimaldi III, Prince of Monaco, and Grace Kelly
Before becoming Princess of Monaco, Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly was a gorgeous princess of Hollywood. After their marriage, Grace Kelly never made another film and instead dedicated her life to her royal duties. The beautiful dress she wore for the religious ceremony was designed my MGM Studio's costume designer Helen Rose and is considered one of the most iconic wedding gowns in history.
King Edward VIII of England and Wallis Simpson
Perhaps the most infamous and controversial marriage between a royal and commoner was between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson. Since Parliament and the Church of England did not approve of a King marrying a divorcée, Edward VIII, choosing love, had to abdicate his throne. The couple was exiled to France where they lived for the rest of their lives.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Kate Middleton
The most recent royal wedding was between Price William and Kate. Despite being their present royal duties, the two met in the most common way— in their freshman dorm in college. The famed wedding at Westminster Abbey aired live on TV and had nearly 300 million viewers worldwide. Kate's custom Alexander McQueen gown was inspired by Grace Kelly's iconic long-sleeve lace dress, which still influences many brides' wedding looks today.
Princess Margaret of England and Antony Armstrong-Jones
Antony Armstrong-Jones was the first "commoner" to wed a king's daughter in over 400 years. Their grand wedding, held at Westminster Abbey, was the first royal marriage to be broadcast on national television. Unfortunately, the popular couple split some 20 years later.
Felipe VI, King of Spain, and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano
Before becoming Queen Letizia of Spain, Letizia was a successful news anchor and journalist. The two married in 2004, ten years before Felipe VI ascended to the throne. Before marrying, their engagement was controversial as Letizia had been divorced. However, the Catholic Church did not demand an annulment as she had only been previously married in a civil ceremony.