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The Most Famous American Princess

Published: November 28, 2017

Americans love a good fairy tale, especially if the princess is one of our own. With the news of Prince Harry’s engagement to American actress Meghan Markle, the U.S. is looking forward to playing a starring role in the royal wedding.

Markle has drawn comparisons to Grace Kelly, the American actress who married Prince Rainier III to become Princess of Monaco in 1956. Kelly was garnering acclaim in her own right as a model and film actress before joining the royal family of the 500-acre city-state. Pete Martin interviewed the rising star in 1954 for the Post’s article, “The Luckiest Girl in Hollywood.” At the time, Kelly was taking off in the film industry. She had struck a chord with Alfred Hitchcock after starring in Dial M for Murder and Rear Window, and months later she would earn an Academy Award for her role in Country Girl.

The next time Martin interviewed Kelly, in 1959, she was Princess Grace of Monaco, and no longer an actress. Kelly’s last role before her transformation into Monegasque royalty was in High Society with Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. Although she was no longer adorning the silver screen, the public celebrated Princess Grace for her perfectly apt role in nobility.

Like Grace Kelly, Meghan Markle will also be making the transition from actress to royal, and many Americans are excited to have one of their very own as a (possible) Duchess across the pond. If any group experiences the scrutinizing limelight more harshly than movie and television stars, it might be the British royal family. As much as Americans adore the prospects of charming weddings and cute Corgis, royal drama is just as relished. For the time-being, the only foreseeable controversy is Markle’s inevitable retirement from acting, which will inspire distress in her newfound fans.

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  • It’s a sweet sentiment on your part Nicholas, to bestow comparisons of Meghan Markle with Princess Grace.

    This young woman is not going to have the luxury of much dignity at all; much less what was afforded to the late Princess between the ’50s and the ’80s. It’s only a matter of time before what she did (and who) come to light in what is the multi billion dollar a year scandal business, especially now.

    If she’s got a record that’s as clean as Kate Middleton’s, what you write could come about unless the nude pictures surface, and the divorce follows. Hopefully she’ll be able to weather the storm as well as one of my favorite actresses, Vanessa Williams, did a few decades ago as Miss America. Like the Styx song says ‘This roller coaster ride you’re on won’t stop to let you off.’ Let’s see how long it lasts. Buckle up, and hold on tight to your dream.