But as we prepare to celebrate this International fairytale love story this weekend, we figured it was a good time to look back on other Black women who married royalty in recent years. I think we can all agree that the news of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry fifth in line for the British throne announcing their engagement is pretty awesome. The year-old actress is set to be the first biracial person to marry a senior British royal. There are plenty of women outside of the British monarchy who have married men who have royal blood. Calling all single ladies…. Don't count out the club as a place to meet your perfectmatch.
The Real Reason Why You Shouldn’t Think of Meghan Markle as the ‘First Black Princess’
The Real Reason Why You Shouldn't Think of Meghan Markle as the 'First Black Princess'
But the residents of Buckingham Palace may not be as white as is commonly assumed. Indeed, Markle may not actually be the first black member of the British monarchy. He says Charlotte was related to Margarita de Castro y Sousa, a black member of the Portuguese royal family. Queen Charlotte with two of her sons. But Valdes maintains she was actually black and had dark skin and features consistent with someone of African descent. Black royalty has always existed, and modern monarchies exist throughout Africa. But in Europe, monarchy had generally been reserved for members of elite white families.
Meghan Markle Isn’t Alone: 9 Black Women Who Married Royalty
You can sign up here to have it delivered weekly to your inbox. Princesses fictional and real, from Cinderella to Sleeping Beauty to Princess Diana, all have in common skin as pure white as the driven snow. For the record, Ms.
Royal intermarriage is the practice of members of ruling dynasties marrying into other reigning families. It was more commonly done in the past as part of strategic diplomacy for national interest. Although sometimes enforced by legal requirement on persons of royal birth, more often it has been a matter of political policy or tradition in monarchies. In Europe, the practice was most prevalent from the medieval era until the outbreak of World War I, but evidence of intermarriage between royal dynasties in other parts of the world can be found as far back as the Late Bronze Age. Alternatively, kinship by marriage could secure an alliance between two dynasties which sought to reduce the sense of threat from or to initiate aggression against the realm of a third dynasty.