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Americans who married royal

The United States fought the Revolutionary War to break away from King George III and Great Britain in the 1700s. The country did not want a rule by monarchy. However, over the years, Americans have married into different royal families across the world. Of course, the most famous are of American actress Grace Kelly marrying Prince Rainier of Monaco and Wallis Simpson marrying the former King Edward VIII (later Duke of Windsor). However, there are other less known Americans who married royal.

In Paris on 30 October 1889, Alice Heine married Prince Albert I of Monaco. She was from New Orleans, Louisiana, and was the daughter of a Frenchman. She was raised Jewish but converted to Catholicism when Alice married her first husband. The American Civil War caused the family to move back to France, and she would meet Albert two decades later. They separated in 1902 but never officially divorced.

Rita Hayworth in 1947. Photo: Columbia Pictures, photograph by Ned Scott (Public Domain)

On 27 May 1949 in France, New Yorker Rita Hayworth married Prince Ali Salman Aga Khan. She was an actress and dancer who appeared in 61 movies during her three decades of acting. She was twice divorced before marrying Khan. Hayworth did not convert to Islam and wanted their daughter, Yasmin Aga Khan as a Christian. This led to a custody battle during their divorce proceedings. In January 1953, the divorce was granted, and Hayworth raised her daughter in the United States.

In March 1959, Caroline Lee Bouvier Canfield (goes by Lee Radziwill), sister to US First Lady Jackie Kennedy, married Prince Stanislas Radziwill of Poland. She got an annulment from the Roman Catholic church from her first husband. The couple would have two children together, Anthony and Christina. However, this union was not to last, and they divorced in 1974.

The late King Hussein of Jordan married American Lisa Halaby in 1978. She, with Syrian Christian heritage, converted to Islam upon marriage and took the name, Noor. They had four children together: Prince Hamzah, Prince Hashim, Princess Iman and Princess Raiyah. The couple stayed married until the death of Hussein in 1999.

Kentuckian Julie Ongaro married Prince Robert of Luxembourg on 29 January 1994 in Boston. Robert is a first cousin to Grand Duke Henri. Prince Robert and the now Princess Julie have three children: Princess Charlotte, Prince Alexander and Prince Frederik.

Crown Princess Marie-Chantal and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece. Photo: Frankie Fouagnthin (CC BY-SA 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons

Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece married Marie-Chantal Miller on 1 July 1995 in The United Kingdom. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess have five children: Princess Maria-Olympia, Prince Constantine-Alexios, Prince Achileas Andreas, Prince Odysseus-Kimon and Prince Aristidis-Stavros. However, she gave up her American citizenship in 2011. The family resides in London.

On 5 July 2000, Sarah Butler, a Texan and former UN staff member, married Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad of Jordan. Together, they have three children: Prince Ra’ad, Princess Hala and Princess Azziza.

Kelly Rondestvedt, a Floridian, married Hereditary Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in May 2009 in Germany. They have three children: Princess Madeleine, Princess Katharina and Prince Philipp.

Princess Madeleine of Sweden married Christopher O’Neill on 8 June 2013 in Stockholm. Christopher holds dual American and British citizenship. He and Madeleine have a daughter, Princess Leonore and a son, Prince Nicolas. They live in London where he is employed.

Only time will tell if Meghan Markle, seeing as her relationship with Prince Harry continues to heat up, is added to this list as the latest American to marry into a royal family.

  • Melanie

    what of Princess Angela of Liechtenstein??

  • UF

    Why would anyone surrender American citizenship for a non-existent title

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