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Wallis Simpson

Die-hard fans of ‘The Crown’ will be familiar with the love story that rocked Buckingham Palace. When King Edward fell for American socialite Wallis Simpson, there was a constitutional crisis. Due to the fact that Simpson had two living ex-husbands, his desire to wed her was under threat. But in one of the most fairy tale-inspired moments in history, he abdicated in December 1936 to marry “the woman I love”. We’re not crying, you are.

Six months later, the couple tied the knot and the former king became known as the Duke of Windsor. Simpson became formally known as the Duchess of Windsor but was referred to as “Her Grace” as opposed to “Her Royal Highness” in a Buckingham Palace snub. [Photo: Getty]

10 American women (aside from Meghan Markle) who became real life princesses

Danielle Fowler
Freelance Writer

If a fortune teller had traced Meghan Markle‘s palms and told her that she’s destined to fall in love with a prince in the future, the 36-year-old would surely have shrugged it off with her now-trademark smile.

But on May 19, the American-born Hollywood star and the Prince of Wales will tie the knot in a history-making ceremony guaranteed to be watched by millions across the globe.

Though as the history books show, she isn’t the first actress to have lived a fairy tale-worthy romance.

Ahead of the soon-to-be newlyweds’ big day, we delve into the past to chart the American women who were destined to don a tiara.

From screen siren Grace Kelly to 1940s pin-up Rita Hayworth, these are the women who jumped straight from the pages of a fairy tale and became real life princesses in one, “I do”.

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