Shocking Ways Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Breaking Royal Rules With Their Relationship and Engagement

Prince Harry has been called “The world’s most eligible bachelor,” as well as “Britain’s playboy,” but he’s finally settling down. Now, the media is calling his engagement “unconventional,” and “a game changer,” among other things.

The prince, 33, announced his engagement to actress and philanthropist Meghan Markle, aged 36. The two will wed this spring, and the news sparked a royal media frenzy the world hadn’t seen, since, well, Will and Kate. However, their union is a bit standard than that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Here’s how.

She’s American

Meghan Markle with ring

A glimpse of her ring. | Frederic J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

Markle was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She’s the first American to marry into the British royal family since 1937. The last, socialite Wallis Simpson, married Edward VIII. He chose to abdicate the throne to marry her, not because of her U.S. citizenship, but because she was a divorcee.

It’s no secret Americans are fascinated with royalty. The U.S. is delighted we finally have a non-Disney “princess” of our own: CBS gave the news a “hip hip and hooray,” and even former-President Barack Obama offered his congratulations to the newly engaged couple.

Next: The one factor that has previously forced abdication.

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