12 celebrities who became royals before Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle may have followed in the footsteps of many before her
Meghan Markle is all set to don the royal hat when she gets married to Prince Harry later this year. But she is neither the first nor the only one to have gone this way. Numerous celebs have already tread this path and were royal before Meghan. Here, we have 12 stars who married into royalty before Meghan.
#1 Olivia Wilde
The Vinyl star Olivia Wilde married Tao Ruspoli who is an Italian Prince. They were together for eight years before parting ways but she was a royalty in Italy for the time they were together. She and Tao Ruspoli got married in 2003.
#2 Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth married Prince Ali Salman Aga Khan, also known as Prince Aly Khan, in 1949. He was the son of Sultan Mahommed Shah, Aga Khan III, who was, in turn, a royalty and a descendant of Persian Qajar dynasty. They separated just four years later in 1953.
#3 Laura Harring
Laura Herring married Count Carl-Eduard von Bismarck, who is a royalty in Germany and a descendant of the German Noble family 'The House of Bismarck'. Though the former Miss USA got divorced just two years later, she still retained the title.
#4 Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis married Christopher Guest in 1984 and became a royalty in Britain before Meghan. Christopher became Britain’s Baron Haden-Guest as an inherited title from his father. The marriage resulted in Jamie bearing the royal title.
#5 Grace Kelly
The legendary actress Grace Kelly became a royal when she wed Rainier III, Prince of Monaco in 1956. She was officially the Princess of Monaco. The couple, however, met a tragic car accident in 1982. Caroline, Princess of Hanover, Albert II, Prince of Monaco, and Princess Stephanie are their three surviving children.
#6 Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano
Prince Felipe of Spain, who was a Prince back in 2002, met the journalist Letizia, who was reporting about the war on Iraq in 2002-2001. The couple soon started dating secretly and got married after, in 2004. When King Juan Carlos abdicated the crown to Felipe in 2014, she officially became Queen Letizia of Spain.
#7 Charlene Wittstock
Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock met Prince Albert of Monaco in 2000. The couple got married in a wedding which lasted over three days and in 2014, they became parents to their twins Princess Gabriella (Countess of Carladès), and Jacques (Hereditary Prince of Monaco).
#8 Carole Radziwill
Carole DiFalco married the son of a Polish Prince, Prince Anthony Radziwill, in 1994. At the age of 40, however, the Prince passed away after battling Cancer.
#9 Zsa Zsa Gábor
Zsa Zsa Gábor was an Hungarian-American actress who married the Duke of Saxon Frederic Prinz von Anhalt in 1986. It was her 9th wedding and the one that lasted, giving her the official title of a Duchess.
#10 Jessica Chastain
The 'Zero Dark Thirty' star married Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, who is an Italian nobility. His parents still retain the title of Count and Countess and on their passing away, the title would be inherited by the couple.
#11 AJ Langer
The actress from My So Called Life married Charlie Courtenay, the 19th Earl of Devon, in 2005. Officially, therefore, she became a royalty and has the title of a Countess before her name.
#12 Luann de Lesseps
The star from Real Housewives of New York City married French businessman Count Alexandre de Lesseps. The title of Count makes him a royalty and as a result of which, she too became one. They, however, separated in 2009.
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