Meghan Markle is not the first American actress to become a royal bride. Before that, the female actress Grace Kelly from the US became the private symbol of the Monaco royal family. These two women have many similarities to each other and also have differences so that they take two different paths, leaving completely different impressions.
Compatriots, there are many similarities
Both were born in America
Princess Grace Kelly was born on November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. According to Biography, her father was a three-time Olympic gold medalist in rowing, while her mother was a coach at the University of Pennsylvania.
Meghan Markle was born on August 4, 1981 in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Doria Ragland, is a clinical therapist and yoga instructor. Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, works in television as a director of photography and lighting.
Before becoming one of the most famous royal icons in the world, Grace Kelly had a very successful film career. The first film that she acted in at the age of 22 was titled 14h. In 1954, she won the prestigious Academy Award for Best Actress in a Film The Country Girl.
Grace Kelly has a successful acting career, Meghan is also famous for her role in Suits
Meanwhile, in 2002, Meghan got her first small role as a nurse in the movie titled General Hospital. However, it wasn’t until she got the role of Rachel Zane in Suits From 2011 to 2018, Meghan was more known to the public. Despite this, the duchess has so far not owned any prestigious acting awards.
Love Prince – Cinderella
According to Harper’s Bazaar, Grace Kelly was invited to join the American Delegation Committee at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival. While in France for the festival, she met Prince Rainier III of Monaco on the set of a photo shoot. A year later, they got married.
In July 2016, Meghan and Harry were arranged for a private date by a mutual friend at Soho House in New York City. The two got engaged at the end of 2017 and held a lavish wedding a year later.
The marriage of Princess Grace and Meghan Markle is described by the press as Cinderella – Prince stories in real life. Both women are from America and won the hearts of two handsome princes.
Giving up acting career
Grace Kelly resumed acting shortly after it was announced that she was engaged to Prince Rainier. Not long after, the Princess of Monaco decided to end her acting career after getting married.
On November 29, 2017, after announcing her engagement, Meghan officially announced that she would be leaving the film Suits after 7 seasons of joining to concentrate as a senior member working for the royal family.
Still holding US citizenship
After getting married, Grace Kelly was not required to renounce her American citizenship, so she became a citizen of two countries, the United States and Monaco. Meghan also holds US citizenship and even voted in the 2020 US Presidential election after the Sussexes moved to California. However, she did not naturalize her husband’s hometown.
Both women did not give up their American citizenship
Find an heir
Many people believe that Prince Rainier married an American actress to produce a qualified heir, but Kelly insists that she married for love.
Ms. Kelly said: “When I marry a prince, I am only marrying the person I love, not what he represents. I love him without thinking of anything else“.
Prince Harry is fifth in the line of succession so he won’t become King in the future. Meghan’s position in the British royal family is therefore also different from that of Princess Kelly. However, the Sussexes have always wanted to be on an equal footing with the Duchess of Cambridge and take on the same role as them, which has created rifts and conflicts.
Adapting to royal life
Coming from a different country than her husband’s home country, Grace Kelly and Meghan Markle have chosen different ways to adapt to their new environment. Princess Kelly once said: “I never really liked Hollywood“.
During her time in the royal family of Monaco, Princess Kelly actively supported children’s rights charities and established her own foundation to benefit local artists.
Princess Kelly tries to adjust to royal life, Meghan is the complete opposite
Meghan seems to have more difficulty adjusting to royal life. The Duchess of Sussex is also a patron of several charities in the UK but has never given up on her Hollywood dream. The Duchess set many expectations but was not met by the royal family.
In a blockbuster interview with Oprah in March, Meghan said she had once sought death when she did not receive royal help regarding mental health. And to be free to do what they want, Meghan and her husband decided to leave the royal family to the US to step on the path of financial independence.
Public opinion support
During her time as the royal bride, Princess Grace Kelly received much support from the people of Monaco and the local media. She has become a symbol of beauty and meaningful charity activities.
Meanwhile, Meghan faced a wave of backlash from the British people and media. The Sussexes also carried out a series of lawsuits with the British press. Until now, the support of the British and American people for Harry and Meghan is seriously declining.
British media reported on Meghan and her husband