Million Dollar American Princesses: Meghan Markle
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When Meghan Markle walks down the aisle at Windsor Castle on May 19 to marry Prince Harry, she will be striking a defiant new note for royal brides. But she will also be following in a long tradition of exceptional American women who crossed the Atlantic before her to marry into European royalty. Like Rita Hayworth, who married Prince Aly Khan, she is from a different ethnic background from previous members of the British royal family. Like Grace Kelly, who married Prince Rainier of Monaco and became Princess Grace, she is an extraordinary beauty who turned into a world-famous actress. Like Wallis Simpson, for whom Edward VIII gave up his throne, she is a divorcée. This special explores Meghan’s story in the context of the three 20th century American princesses who came before her. What are the similarities she will encounter, and what are the differences? What does this royal marriage have to tell us about the way the British royal family has changed? And what does it tell us about the way we have all changed—in terms of our attitudes to class, race, acceptability, tolerance, and intolerance?