Prince Harry’s Engagement Breaks These Historic ‘Rules’

The internet blew up with the news of another royal engagement recently. Prince Harry announced his betrothal to American actress Meghan Markle on Nov. 27. The prince stands at fifth in line to the throne, and his bride will become a duchess. Their match stirred controversy from the moment their relationship became public. A variety of traits make Markle an unlikely — and groundbreaking — heir to the throne.

1. An American royal

prince harry and meghan markle in a blue suit and white jacket smile at each other

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement in London. | Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

According to CNN, Markle made a name for herself as not only a television star, but a humanitarian committed to gender equality. The American now lives in Toronto where her TV show Suits shoots, but grew up in Los Angeles.

About as soon as they revealed their courtship, the British tabloids and social media commenters jumped on her. The fact that she’s not British, had been married before and comes from a biracial background all made news. Her ethnicity sparked such brutal coverage that Prince Harry warned the media to stop harassing her.

Next: What did the tabloids say about Markle?