The commoner's guide to marrying a royal

Marrying above your status is generally frowned upon by those further up the chain, but jump through these hoops and you might just snag a prince (or princess).

Before you set out, there are a few rules to know.

1. Understand what it is that separates you from them.


A commoner is anyone who is not of noble blood - them what descend from aristocrats or royals have it, and you don't. 

2. The Queen has to sign off.


The Royal Marriages Act of 1772 prohibited royals from marrying commoners.

That means that unless you want your king to abdicate for you, as King Edward VIII did for Wallis Simpson in 1936, Her Majesty is going to have to grant you permission to join one's family.

3. Forget about the title.

Camilla will never be queen, neither will Kate (she'll be queen consort) and Meghan will not become a princess.

So if you're happy with all that, let's proceed. What do us commoners need to do in order to win the heart of a blue-blooded royal?

Victoria and Daniel of Sweden - met at the gym
Victoria and Daniel of Sweden - met at the gym Photo credit: Wikipedia

Work on your bench press, attract a princess

Daniel Westling was doing all right. The fitness trainer owned three gyms in Stockholm when Princess Victoria of Sweden sashayed into his life.

The snobs didn't believe it would last - Daniel was mocked in the Swedish press for sounding like a country boy.

But a couple of circuits, eight years and some royal permissions later, Daniel became the Prince of those haters, and the pair now have a little prince and princess of their own.

Frederik and Mary - met at a bar in Sydney
Frederik and Mary - met at a bar in Sydney Photo credit: Wikipedia

Or get some beersies in at the pub

Despite reports that the majority of Australians wish the country was a republic, they have a princess of their own.

Mary Donaldson was like any fair dinkum Australian girl when she headed for a few XXXXs at the Slip Inn, Sydney, one summer's night in 2000.

Unbeknownst to Mary, the young man who shook her hand that night and introduced himself as Fred was a prince - Prince Frederik of Denmark.

The pair corresponded long distance for a year before Mary left her job in marketing and moved to Denmark. Things have worked out just fine - they have been married for 15 years and have four children together.

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco: from Hollywood royalty to actual royalty
Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco: from Hollywood royalty to actual royalty Photo credit: Wikipedia

Kiss your career goodbye

Grace Kelly was already Hollywood royalty when she met Prince Rainier of Monaco at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955.

A favourite actress of Alfred Hitchcock's, Kelly had starred in Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, and To Catch a Thief and more, acting alongside Bing Crosby, Carey Grant and Frank Sinatra.

However the career came to a whiplash stop after she met her prince - she never filmed another movie, despite being invited back to Hollywood. Hitchcock himself wanted her for the lead role in 1964's Marnie, but the role of a kleptomaniac was considered improper for a princess, and Kelly's career found itself at its end.

Kelly officially retired from acting at the age of 26 - her last show biz moment was televising her wedding to 30 million viewers around the world just a year later.

Kate and William - she shook her little thing on the catwalk.
Kate and William - she shook her little thing on the catwalk. Photo credit: Wikipedia

Shaking your stuff doesn't hurt

If all else fails, use raw animal attraction as a lure. In 2001, Kate Middleton was studying the history of art at St Andrews University, Scotland, when she agreed to an evening's modelling stint for her friend Charlotte Todd's fashion show.

As she sashayed down the runway, her outfit - a transparent black and gold mini dress - doubtless caught the attention of many a young lad in the audience that night, but only one lad mattered - the entirely unladdish Prince William.

The two had met before, but the prince was photographed craning his neck to see Ms Middleton that night.

Designer Ms Todd told the Daily Mail, "If it hadn't been see-through, William might not have noticed her. I definitely think it has played a part in the royal love story."

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