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It’s always a fun and exciting time when the royal family gets even bigger, whether it be due to the birth of a new baby or when one of the royals gets married. When Meghan Markle married Prince Harry over a year ago, there is no doubt that fans around the world were ecstatic.

Well-wishers lined up in the streets of Windsor in hopes of getting a glimpse of the couple, and millions, if not billions more tuned in to watch the ceremony as it was broadcast live on television.

Ever since her relationship with Prince Harry was announced, Meghan went from being a TV actress to a household name. Although she was well-known before, thanks to her small roles in movies, and mostly because of her stint as Rachel Zane on the legal drama Suits, her fame wasn’t anywhere near where it is now.

Within months, Meghan went from living a quiet life in Toronto to being one of the most photographed and admired women in the world. While joining the royal family has caused her popularity to explode, we have to wonder if Meghan will ever be as famous as her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana. Let’s see.

Meghan Markle
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | Karwai Tang/Getty Images

Diana was overwhelmed by all of the attention

Diana married Prince Charles when she was just 19 years old, and everyone was captivated by the quiet, beautiful, kind-hearted new princess who they hoped that one day would be queen. She was followed wherever she went, and even before her wedding, it got to the point where Diana couldn’t so much as step out of her front door without being bombarded by photographers.

She wasn’t exactly a fan of all the attention, and AmoMama reports that the princess was “overwhelmed” by the amount of attention that she received.

She felt intimidated by the fact that she would be asked personal questions during interviews, and was resentful that her private time was often interrupted. Given the fact that she went from being an outsider to being the Princess of Wales, she became more famous than she ever could have imagined. Her charity work and spectacular, fairy tale wedding caused her popularity to skyrocket.

Meghan has a huge fan base

From the moment that everyone discovered that Meghan and Harry were in a serious relationship, the world was captivated. Her fan base multiplied in size, and before anyone knew what was happening, she was thrust into the spotlight more than ever before. Fans copied her style, praised her for her humanitarian work, and huge crowds showed up to meet her at public events.

Just like Diana, Meghan was an outsider before marrying into royalty. The work that she does is similar to that done by Diana, and according to Express, she too is “struggling” with a massive amount of attention. In fact, before her marriage, things got so bad that Harry issued a statement asking for the paparazzi to back off, as he feared for Meghan’s safety.

Will Meghan Markle ever be as famous as Princess Diana?

Chances are, she won’t. While Meghan is extremely well-liked by her royal fans, we have to remember that she is not as popular in England as she is in the United States, given that she is American.

According to Quora, one of the reasons that Diana was so famous was due to her age when she married. Fans were able to see her evolve while she was in the public eye, and transition into her role as a princess. While we certainly are infatuated with Meghan, there really is no one who could ever be more famous than Diana.