>> When Britain's Prince Harry marries American actress Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle next month, she'll join a select group of commoners to marry into a royal family. Here are some of the most high-profile marriages involving blue bloods and ordinary folk.>> Now in the eyes of Mother Church as well as of the law, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were man and wife.
>> When Hollywood icon Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956, Vogue magazine called it the wedding of the century. The actress met the prince at the Cannes Film Festival the year before, and retired from her acting career to marry him.
>> Doctor's daughter Rania Al-Yassin met Jordan's Crown Prince Abdullah II at a dinner party. She studied in Cairo and worked for Citibank and Apple in Jordan. The couple married in 1993, and Abdullah assumed the throne in 1999. The Queen is known globally for her advocacy work.>>
>> Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano was a divorced journalist and well-known news anchor before marrying Spain's Prince Felipe in 2004. She became Spain's first commoner queen in 2014 when her husband was sworn in as king. The pair met at a dinner organized by a journalist friend and dated in secret before announcing their engagement.
>> Jetsun Pema was just 21 years old when she married Bhutan's Oxford-educated King in 2011. She's viewed as a style icon across much of Asia, and the pair's wedding transfixed the kingdom. And, of course, Meghan and Harry will follow in the footsteps of the Prince's older brother. William married Kate Middleton in 2011 after the pair met while at university in Scotland ten years earlier.
Kate became the first commoner in more than 350 years to wed a prince in such close proximity to the British throne.