"Markle mania" has been in full effect ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement in November 2017. Markle and Harry have a ton of fans, which isn't surprising given that the couple are totally adorable and always trying to make the world a better place. In case you're totally Meghan and Harry obsessed, and you're looking for other royals to fawn over, these are the royals you should pay attention to, you know, if you want to cement your status as a "royal watcher".
Markle will soon join the royal club that all of the following figures have found themselves in. Whether they were born with blue blood, or just married into their royal families, these royals are all cool in their own way. They may be strongly involved in charity work, display amazing fashion sense, or just totally reminiscent of a Disney Prince. Regardless, they don't get quite the same amount of attention that the U.K. royals get, but they should.
If you've been a fan of the British royals for a while, or even just garnered a new interest in them after Markle and Harry's engagement, you're probably wondering if there are any other noblemen and women who you can follow. Well, you're in luck! Here are eight royals that you can turn your focus to.
Queen Letizia Of Spain
Queen Letizia has a lot in common with the newly-engaged Markle. There was a bit of scandal surrounding her romance with the then-Prince Felipe, as, like Markle, she was a divorcee, according to Vanity Fair. Letizia was also considered a "commoner" before she married King Felipe VI of Spain (who was then the Prince of Asturias). But, there's definitely nothing "common" about the ultra-chic queen.
Other than her impeccable fashion sense (which has been covered by publications like Vogue and InStyle), she was also an accomplished journalist before her royal role. According to both E! News and Vanity Fair, Letizia even won an award for her excellence in journalism, winning the prize for Best Spanish Journalist Under 30 in Spain. She paid it forward in her role as the Queen of Spain when she attended the Francisco Cerecedo Journalism Award in Madrid in 2017. Basically, Letizia's incredibly successful in her own right, a supporter of the arts, and always kills the fashion game. In other words, she's just totally awesome.
Prince Frederik & Princess Mary Of Denmark
These Danish royals have a love story that's kind of similar to Markle and Harry's, or even William and Catherine's. Actually, the start of their relationship was like something taken out of a fairytale. Mary, an Australian native, and Frederik originally met at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. The princess said that when she met her now-husband, she didn't know that he was the heir to the Danish throne. According to People she said in Under the Bar, a biography of her husband, "The first time we met, we shook hands. I didn’t know he was the prince of Denmark. Half an hour later, someone came up to me and said, ‘Do you know who these people are?’" Turns out, she was meeting, and falling for, a future monarch!
And like Markle and Harry, Mary and Frederik also share a love of service for their country and the world. They're definitely a royal couple you can look up to, that's for sure.
Prince Carl & Princess Sofia Of Sweden
OK, I'll just say it: Prince Carl of Sweden is the hottest royal in the world. And, sorry, but there's just no competition to that title. So, he has that going for him. Carl is basically a Disney prince come to life. Yet, that's not the only good thing he has going in his favor.
Like his fellow royals, he's really into his charity work. Carl, alongside his wife, Sofia Hellqvist, created the Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia Foundation in 2015 that aims to "work against hatred and cyber bullying", according to Royal Central and Hello Magazine. So, he's not only swoon-worthy, but is also actively trying to make the world a better place.
And aside from her work alongside her husband as a new royal, Sofia has a TV past, just like Markle. According to Business Insider, Sofia was on a reality show called Paradise Hotel, before she became a princess. The show definitely sounds like it could rival the likes of The Real World, as it showed a group of singles in a luxury hotel resort. A former reality star turned royal? Um, that's all kinds of cool.
Andrea Casiraghi & Tatiana Santo Domingo Of Monaco
Andrea Casiraghi and his wife, Tatiana Santo Domingo, may not have official royal titles (since his father, Stefano, had no royal title), but they're still a part of Monaco's royal family. That's because Casiraghi is the son of Her Serene Highness Princess Caroline of Monaco, which means that he's the grandson of the fabulous actor-turned-princess Grace Kelly.
Casiraghi and his wife, Tatiana Santo Domingo, are used to doing things that don't follow royal tradition, a move that Markle and Harry would likely respect. The couple is incredibly private, they didn't even offer any official public details about their 2013 nuptials. They also went way untraditional, at least for royal couples, and had their first child, Alexander, before they were married. So, they're totally cool with doing things their own way.
Santo Domingo is also the definition of "chic." She even has her own fashion brand, Muzungu Sisters, that "offers ethically-sourced handmade luxury, produced by 16 different artisan communities across four continents," according to its site. Gorgeous, chic, and royal? Andrea and Tatiana check off every box on the list of classic noble attributes.
Queen Rania Of Jordan
Most royals engage in some kind of charity work, but Queen Rania of Jordan's work in the service sector would rival just about any nobleman or woman in the world. She's been intensely committed to not only bettering her native Jordan, but the world at large. According to her own website, she's been an advocate for children, families, and women and has pushed for advancing Jordan's public education system.
Rania has also voiced her support of the #MeToo movement. She discussed how important it was to have this conversation and how it can hopefully lead to lasting change within world culture as it relates to gender parity, equal pay, and cultural norms.
So, in case you didn't know about Rania was before, you're welcome.
All of these royals are totally worthy of those Harry and Markle levels of mania. So, in case you're looking to expand your noble horizons, these are the blue-blooded folks that would definitely pique your interests.