The royal wedding between American actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is among the wedding that everyone has been talking about for several years now. She is officially crowned Duchess of Sussex but is not a princess. Meghan Markle will be the first black woman (in part) to marry the British royal family.However, she is not the first to marry royalty.
We have rounded up ten other black (or mixed-race) women who married royalty before Prince Harry and Meghan’s engagement. This is a list of baronesses, countesses, marchionesses, princesses, and black queens who have married into royalty.
10 black women who married royalty
1. Princess Keisha Omilana of Nigeria
She was born in Inglewood, California; Omilana graduated with a degree in fashion design from an institution in Chicago. She is an American model, media executive, and beauty entrepreneur. To get the latest stories, install our app here
Princess Keisha Omilana, married to Omoba Adekunle Adebayo Omilana of Ipetu-Ijesha, prince of the Yoruba House of Arigbabuowo. The crown of the royal dynasty, Ipetu Ijesa of the Yoruba Kingdom, Nigeria.
2. Countess Lei Von Habsburg
Countess Lei von Habsburg is a South Carolina attorney and the wife of Archduke Geza of Austria’s son, Franz Ferdinand von Habsburg. He married her in 2013 in Cape Town, and she is his second wife.
3. Countess Mary Von Habsburg of Austria
Sudanese Mary Nyanut Ring Macha became Countess Mary Von Habsburg by marrying Count Ferdinand Leopold Joseph von Habsburg-Lothringen of the Austrian Habsburg Royal Family in 1999. To get the latest stories, install our app here
They were married in Nairobi, Kenya, and have four children. Their marriage was controversial in public and royal circles due to her status as a commoner and her ethnic background. But the head of the Habsburg royal family, Dr. Otto von Habsburg, has declared all Habsburg marriages to be “equal”.
4. Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso
Masenate Mohato Seeiso is the wife of King Letsie III of Lesotho and the queen consort of Lesotho. She was the first commoner to marry into the royal family of Lesotho in contemporary history. Since becoming Queen, she has been the Patron of various organizations, and she has worked to support HIV/AIDS projects. To get the latest stories, install our app here
5. Baroness Cecile de Massy of Monaco
Baroness Cécile de Massy is the fourth wife of Christian Louis, Baron de Massy, the only nephew of the late Prince Rainier of Monaco. She was born in the Caribbean country of Guadeloupe.
The elegant Caribbean beauty is a prominent fixture among Monaco’s social set. She is also involved in charity, serving as president of Ladies Lunch Monte-Carlo, a nonprofit organization in Monaco.
6. Princess Angela of Liechtenstein
Princess Angela of Liechtenstein (nee Angela Gisela Brown) is a Panamanian-American fashion designer and the wife of Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein. she became the first known person of African descent to be part of a ruling European dynasty through marriage in 2000. To get the latest stories, install our app here
Together, they have a son, Prince Alfons (born in London, 18 May 2001), who is sixth in the line of succession to the Liechtensteiner throne.
7. Marchioness Emma Thynn
Emma Clare Thynn, Marchioness of Bath (née McQuiston), is the daughter of a Nigerian oil tycoon, British socialite, and fashion model. She is married to Ceawlin Thynn, the 8th Marquess of Bath. In 2020, she became the first black marchioness in British history.
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8. Queen Sylvia of Buganda (Uganda)
Born Sylvia Nagginda in the UK but raised in Uganda, she married Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II in 1999 to become the Queen (or Nnabagereka) of Buganda, which is a kingdom in Uganda.
9. Princess Ariana Austin
Ariana Austin is an African-American and Guyanese descent, married Prince Joel Dawit Makonnen, the great-grandson of the last Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie 1, in Maryland in September 2017. The couple reportedly spoke for over a decade, and early in their relationship, Prince Joel kept his lineage a secret. To get the latest stories, install our app here
10. Queen Sibonelo Mngometulu
Sibonelo Mngomezulu, better known as Sibonelo LaMbikiza, is the queen consort of Swasiland. She is married to the King of Swaziland, Mswati III, with whom she has two children, Princess Sikhanyiso Dlamini and Prince Lindani Dlamini.