It wasn’t long ago that American actress Meghan Markle joined the British royal family, marrying Prince Harry and becoming the Duke and Duchess of Sussex together. And Meghan wasn’t the first American celebrity to shake up the British royal family. King Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor and the late uncle to the Queen, abdicated the throne and his royal duties to marry American socialite Wallis Simpson in 1937. Now into her 68th year on the throne, is Queen Elizabeth ready to welcome yet another celebrity into the family during her reign? Things didn’t go so smoothly last time…
Giving Up Everything For Love
In 1936, King Edward VIII made the startling decision to propose to American socialite Wallis Simpson. He was well aware that the prime ministers of the United Kingdom were strongly against his intention of marrying Simpson, a twice-divorced American with two ex-husbands who were still alive, but he proposed to her anyway.
His short reign shook the British royal family, destabilizing the projected timeline and lineage of the crown. Once he married Simpson, the throne was opened to a new line of the British royal family, the Windsors.
The Lineage Shifted To The New Windsors
When Edward VIII abdicated, his younger brother George VI took the throne. He married Elizabeth, who became the Queen Mother and welcomed two daughters; Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret.
This is the British royal family that we’re familiar with today, as the Windsor family includes Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and his sons William and Harry. But despite her best efforts, Queen Elizabeth hasn’t been able to steer the royal family away from more romantic pairings prone to drama.
Prince Charles’ Marriage To Diana Was Incredibly Rocky
When it came time for Prince Charles to wed, Diana Spencer appeared to be a very suitable choice, as she was born into British nobility– what could possibly go wrong? The Queen quickly gave Charles her official approval of the relationship.
Becoming the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1981, the marriage was doomed from the start and continued to fuel the tabloids throughout the ’80s and ’90s. Disappointed and ashamed of the negative attention the relationship drew to the royal family, the Queen sent both parties official letters from the palace, advising them to divorce.
Just Like His Father, Prince Harry Attracted The Tabloids
Prince Charles’ son Prince Harry had an on-again-off-again relationship with Chelsy Davy for five years, splitting for the last time in early 2009. After years of bachelorhood, Prince Harry found love after a blind date with American actress Meghan Markle in 2016.
By the time Meghan and Harry made their first official appearance as a couple a year later, in September 2017, Meghan was already the subject of harassment and abuse from the media.
Prince Harry Steps Down
The Queen could see Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan suffering from the negative attention of the tabloids. Both Harry and his brother Prince William strongly advised the British media to back off.
Behind closed doors, Harry and Meghan discussed how to avoid the media and protect their privacy, including leaving their roles as senior members of the royal family. In January 2020, much to the Queen’s dismay, the couple announced they were formerly stepping down.
Once Again, The Family Was On Shaky Ground
Queen Elizabeth is now in the 68th year of her reign over the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. Prince Harry has left his duties as a royal family member, yet once again, the Queen sees trouble on the horizon.
Another member of the British royal family has taken up a relationship with a celebrity, with plans of marrying them into the family. Could the Windors survive another outsider coming into the family? The Queen is determined to avoid any further damage.
Hanna Jaff Will Be The Newest Member Of The Royal Family
Whether or not the Queen is ready, a new member– another non-British celebrity– is set to join the royal family. Born in America and raised in Mexico, Hanna Jaff is a well-recognized reality TV personality and public figure in Mexico. She’s currently engaged to Henry “Harry” Roper-Curzon, 22nd Baron Teynham, and descendent of King Charles II.
When the two are married, Hanna will officially become Lady Hanna, Baroness of Teynham. Their relationship hasn’t been quiet, either. Like Meghan, Hanna has celebrity status and was a cast member of the Netflix series Made in Mexico.
How Will She Influence The Royal Family?
Hanna Jaff isn’t a carbon copy of Meghan Markle by any means– the two ladies have many differences. She is of Kurdish-Mexican descent, born in San Diego, and identifies as Mexican-American. In fact, Hanna even has some royal blood to claim.
Still, like Meghan, Hanna is very much considered to be an outsider to the British royal family– she isn’t well known in Britain and comes from another culture. Hanna will be bringing her Mexican-American influence to the Windsor family, whose traditions are deeply rooted in their own history.
She’s A Descendant Of A Kurdish King And Wealthy Iraqis
Although much different from her future husband’s lineage, Hanna Jaff also has ties to royalty. Hanna is a descendant of one of the great Kurdish kings, Mohamed Pasha Jaff, a supreme leader of the Jaff tribe.
Her family also includes the owners of the largest private bank in Iraq, North Bank, and Carlos Henry Bosdet, a prominent figure who was the first person in Mexico to install a telephone. Hanna’s family has plenty of wealth to speak of.
Hanna Is Already Involved in Politics and Activism
Similar to Meghan, Hanna also has a background in activism and has spoken at three TEDx talks, the United Nations, and more than 80 universities in Mexico. In June 2013, she founded a nonprofit organization, the Jaff Foundation for Education, which teaches English to immigrants and refugees.
All of her work has led to many awards and honors, including being named one of the “10 Most Admired Women in Mexico” by Cosmopolitan and “30 Under 30” most successful Mexicans by Entrepreneur magazine. Hanna has quite a high profile in Mexico.
She’s a Star in Mexico
Although you might not recognize her from British tabloids or even in popular U.S. magazines, Hanna is often rubbing shoulders with A-list stars, including Salma Hayek, Rita Ora, and Sabrina Elba. She also lives a rich-and-famous lifestyle.
In an interview with Sarah Scoop, Hanna describes her life that includes going skiing in the Swiss Alps every New Year and traveling around the world. Although she’d like the media to focus on her activism, there’s no question that she’s prominently known as a rich socialite in Mexico.
He’s “The Other Harry” of the Royal Family
Oddly enough, just like Meghan, Hanna is marrying a “Harry” of the British royal family. Some might forget there’s another Harry in the family, other than Prince William’s brother. Born Henry Roper-Curzon, a heir of the Baronage of Teynham, “Harry” also has red hair and is a British aristocrat.
The DailyMail reported that the couple met at an art exhibition and immediately hit it off. Only months after meeting, the couple became engaged after Harry popped the question in the Swiss Alps during Hanna’s annual skiing trip.
A Mutual Friend Introduced Them
Again, just like Meghan and Harry, Hanna and her Harry were also set-up by a mutual friend. Knowing that Harry was attracted to Latina women and passionate about philanthropy, she sensed they might hit it off. In the summer of 2019, the friend showed Harry a photo of Hanna, asking if he’d like to meet her. Taken away by her photo, he agreed.
At the time, Hanna was in Mexico, as the two of them don’t live in the same country. This made the set-up a bit more difficult. Months later, they found a time to meet.
Hanna Flew to London to Meet Harry
Months after Harry was shown a photo of Hanna, their mutual friend was able to set-up a time and place for them to meet. It would be in London, at an art exhibition in the summer of 2019. There was an instant connection when they met, and they knew right away that it felt right.
Just four months later, while on a skiing trip in the Swiss Alps, Harry popped the question. Although they hadn’t known each other for more than a year, it felt right. She said “yes”.
Their Summer Wedding Plans Were Put On Hold
As quickly as they became engaged, the two planned to hold their wedding just months later. They set the date for July 2020, but due to COVID-19, they had to put their wedding plans on hold.
In an interview, Hanna admitted, “I was quite sad. But given the world is going through so much right now, there are bigger problems to worry about.” It was less than one year since the two met, but they were more than ready to walk down the aisle.
They’ve Spent Months Apart Since Then
Not only were Hanna and Harry’s wedding plans put on hold, but the couple was separated by the global pandemic. With Hanna in Mexico and Harry in England, lockdown orders forced the couple to stay apart for several months.
Although they weren’t able to see each other in person, Hanna remarked that the time apart has brought them even closer together as a couple, as they longed for each other’s company.
It’s Helped Them Learn How To Communicate
When your significant other lives in another country, things become a little more complicated. With the distance between them for a good portion of their relationship, Hanna says that it’s improved her and Harry’s communication and has made their relationship stronger.
“The distance really does make the heart grow fonder,” she said. “You realize that you have to be thankful for what you have every day… We’ve learned so much more about each other and ourselves.”
Is There Another Fall-Out Around The Corner?
Nephew of Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, and cousin to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, Harry’s marriage won’t fly under the radar. Although the engaged couple hasn’t made as much of a splash as Harry and Meghan, the Queen and the rest of Great Britain will be keeping close watch on the couple and soon-to-be newest member of the British royal family.
And of course, everyone is anxious to learn where the couple decides to take up residence. Now that Harry and Meghan have set a precedent of young royals choosing to leave their royal duties behind to blaze their own trail, it’s reasonable to believe the Queen is fearful of what the other royals might do.
Their Net Worth is Through the Roof
Although they descend from very different cultural backgrounds, both Harry and Hanna were born into rich aristocratic families and had a very privileged upbringing. Harry’s net worth is an estimated $100 million while Hanna’s is $50 million.
Hanna flaunted her money on the Netflix reality show Made in Mexico alongside other rich socialites who were raised there. Although she seeks to do good in the world with her non-profit organization, she’s spent the majority of her time enjoying her wealth and choosing where to designate her family’s massive fortune for philanthropy.
The Queen’s Concerns Are Valid
Although Hanna Jaff has earned various degrees and awards, her young life has been one filled with leisure and luxury. Surely, she will be in over her head once she marries into the British royal family and becomes aware of all her new royal duties and the protocols she will be required to follow.
Just as Meghan did, it’s likely that Hanna will have to give up her role in reality television, as well as her personal website and social media. That is, unless she and Harry decide to follow the path of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
No More Ripped Jeans
Getting together with a British prince is one thing, but marrying him is an entirely different kettle of fish. Prince Harry and Meghan’s relationship was officially acknowledged in November of 2016 when Harry released a statement asking people to stop directing abuse at his new beau.
At this point, Meghan was still active on social media and could still wear what she wanted. Pictured here at the 2017 Invictus Games, Meghan wears a perfectly lovely pair of ripped jeans. Just over a month later and Harry put a ring on it, putting a nail in the coffin of Meg’s casual wardrobe and bidding farewell to those adorable mom jeans.
Crop Tops Are An Absolute “No”
Like most young women, Meghan liked to dress the part – especially when attending fashion shows. In comparison to some of the A-list elite, Meg has always dressed relatively modestly. Even this black co-ord she wore to the Herve Leger show at New York’s Fashion Week in 2014 was understated and elegant, but it still wouldn’t fly these days.
Why? That teeny tiny little bit of midriff on show is enough to send the Windsor house into a scandalous frenzy. This may be 2018, but a Duchess mustn’t show any skin you know, it’s strictly forbidden under Liz’s watchful eye.
Dark Nail Polish
You might think this one is a little bit ridiculous, but trust us, Her Majesty doesn’t. When it comes to manicures, Queen Elizabeth II likes her family to keep it sophisticated and simple, meaning natural shades only.
Unfortunately for Meghan, that means she can kiss her favorite dusky grey and burgundy polish goodbye. Even if it matches the outfit, it’s a massive no-no and would get her in big trouble with her grandmother-in-law. Meg wore this dark grey shade in 2012 to the InStyle awards, matching a skin-tight silver dress. Both the nail polish and the dress have been banished from the Markle wardrobe indefinitely.
Most of us have thrown on a pair of leggings and piled our hair into a scruffy bun to go about our every day business on the odd occasion, and it’s likely that Meg was no different…but that was before she became Duchess of Sussex. These days, the duchess has to look perfect at all times.
Markle is pictured above taking part in a charity game with Serena Williams in 2014, but those days are long gone. Could you imagine the Duchess being photographed running errands in sports wear? It just wouldn’t do. The only running Meg has to do now is to the next regal event.
Over the course of her career in the limelight, Meg has worn many smart shirts with a casual twist, usually pairing them with high-waisted jeans. Although unbuttoned shirts make for a good fashion statement, they’re not accepted in the royal household.
Her Majesty is all about modesty and keeping up appearances, and if it wasn’t done in her day, then it certainly won’t be done in yours. Just look at the likes of Kate Middleton, have you ever seen her with a few buttons undone for the sake of style? The answer is no, and it’s not likely to happen any time soon.
In her Suits days, Meghan had to attend multiple events for the sake of promoting the show. Usually, she looked like she was having a blast getting glammed up and hitting the red carpet with her co-stars. With those days behind her, she can always look back at the photos and recall memories of killer outfits in the past.
Although this outfit is tame by modern standards, there’s one thing that she won’t be doing again any time soon – the sheer blouse. Sheer materials won’t be able to sneak their way into the Duchess’ closet now, but it was nice while it lasted, wasn’t it Meg?
You might think that royals have been wearing bare legs for eons now, but it’s all an illusion designed to trick you! Or, more specifically, pantyhose. It’s a well-known rule that Ma’am expects her family to fall in line and cover up their legs in sheer stockings, but Meg went against it for her official engagement pictures.
Prior to becoming a Duchess, the actress often had her impressive pins out on display when she attended events, but it’s unlikely we’ll ever see them flaunted so proudly again given her change in circumstances. That luxury is saved exclusively for Prince Harry.
Daring ensembles and the British royal family aren’t exactly synonymous with each other. Unfortunately for Meghan, her days of plunging necklines are over. These days, it’s all about those sweetheart cuts. Just a few short years ago Meghan didn’t think twice about wearing an outfit like this.
Meghan’s style overhaul since her May nuptials has been largely aided by her sister-in-law, Kate. There’s even rumors that some of the same designers dress the pair, with the Duchess taking a leaf out of Kate’s book to get inspo on everything from shoes to hats and hairstyles. You can’t go too wrong with K-Mid’s solid guidance.
We have to admit that this one may be a blessing rather than a curse. Sequins have their place, but if not done well can come off looking a little too Disco Dave for our liking. Meg hasn’t rocked the look many times, but she did for one event a few years back.
When it comes to formal events now, Meghan is expected to go for a quietly sophisticated, stylish look – not something quite so in-your-face as all-over sequins. They might seem relatively harmless to you and I, but think about it – when have you ever seen a royal in sequins?
They say that black never goes out of style, and they’re not wrong, but for royals, it’s a different story. “Generally it is thought that black is not usually worn unless in mourning, although Diana Princess of Wales did occasionally wear it for evening functions, and The Duchess of Cambridge has been known to do so,” said an insider.
Meghan has also ignored the rule on a couple of occasions, so who knows – maybe Her Majesty is getting a little more lenient on this one particular past time in her old age. After all, Queen Victoria wore it for the majority of her life.
When it comes to jewelry, there aren’t really any hard and fast rules for the Royals to follow, but it goes without saying that big chunky bangles and statement pieces aren’t really favored. For everyday wear, Meghan would be expected to keep it simple, especially when it comes to bracelets and rings – not that she needs anything else with THAT wedding band.
Of course, royalty loves a little diamond here or there, so it’s not unusual for important events to come with a little sparkle, but these are 100% legit pieces that cost more than our houses, and not the kind you find at the mall.
Brightly Colored Outfits
When it comes to bright outfits, Meg usually pushes them to one side in favor of the usual darker hues, but she has been known to go for a pop of color every now and then. Eagle-eyed fans will notice that her color palette has changed since tying the knot.
From beige to pastels, the Duchess keeps it neutral most of the time, although she has been spotted wearing an electric blue dress to an event with her hubby. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever see her wearing bright colors while attending the same event as the Queen though, as it’s an unspoken rule that Her Majesty needs to be the most eye-catching.
With legs as good as Meghan’s, it’s no wonder that the brunette beauty had the confidence to walk the red carpet in skirts dangerously short. Pictured here in 2012, 32-year-old Meg wouldn’t have had a clue what life had in store for her and her beloved clothes.
Wearing a skirt this short just wouldn’t happen now. There’s no way Meghan would even attempt to leave Nottingham Cottage in a getup like this, let alone the grounds of Kensington Palace. Luckily for her, she looks gorgeous in whatever outfit she wears, regardless of the length of it. Not that we’re jealous…
Off-The-Shoulder Is Off Limits
Prior to May 19 2018, Meghan used to rock off the shoulder or strapless dresses all the time. It was probably one of her staple looks, as she showed up to numerous events with her collarbone on show. We don’t blame her, the style suited her athletic frame down to a T, but you probably know where this is heading.
Yes, it’s not Victorian times and no one shudders at the sight of a woman’s ankle anymore, but a little flash of the flesh is too much for Her Majesty, who prefers women to demurely keep them out of sight.
We’ve touched on sportswear already, but there’s another element to this that we haven’t discussed. Members of the royal family have to remain completely impartial to absolutely anything. They can’t even vote. When it comes to their clothing, it’s much the same. You won’t ever see a royal rocking a Nike sweatshirt and there absolutely won’t be any sponsored jerseys like Meg is wearing above.
It’s up to them to be completely neutral for the sake of Queen and country, which is probably a little annoying if you’ve spent years compiling a solid wardrobe of branded gym wear and the like.
Meg has been a fan of Christian Louboutin and his famous red bottoms since she first started walking the red carpet. Some of her choices have been towering heels that even the best of us would struggle to walk in. It’s not forbidden for royals to wear pumps, but Meg will have to watch the style of them moving forward.
Everything from the height to the material needs to be in line with the new wardrobe guidelines. In short, we’re thinking less Dita von Teese and more von Trapp. Plus, meeting legions of adoring subjects is a little difficult tottering around in five inchers.
Wearing a pattern can be a daring choice for any Hollywood-ite to take. There are all sorts to think about, for starters, will it clash with the red carpet backdrop? Will the design translate in pictures well? Meg hasn’t ventured too much into this particular fashion niche in the past, and she isn’t likely to again.
When it comes to being a Duchess, less is certainly more. In-your-face geometric patterns like Meg is wearing in this 2013 snap won’t be high up on the agenda. It’s simply too much for a distinguished royal to present. If it’s not plain, then it’s not worth it!
We’ve all got our fashion habits, and some of them die really hard. The Duchess formerly known as Rachel in Suits is no different, having worn a jacket draped over her shoulders several times in the public eye. What can possibly be wrong with this fashion choice, you ask?
Traditionally, no female member of the royal family is permitted to take her jacket off (wholly or partially) in public as it’s deemed “unladylike”. So, the likes of Kate and Meg have to follow the Queen’s example and keep a coat on no matter the temperature. Of course, they’re quite savvy with this and wear light materials in the summer months.