Some of the world’s famous faces started out just like us, before they met the royal loves of their lives and married into monarchies, that is!
We’ve taken a trip down memory lane to see what the Princess of Wales, the Duchess of Sussex, the Queen Consort Camilla and more got up to before they found their Prince or Princess and had their fairytale weddings.
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The Princess of Wales
Kate, who married Prince William in 2011, is known for being a loving mother to three children while managing a busy work calendar as a senior member of the British royal family. But back in the day, the Princess had normal 9 to 5 jobs.
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After working for her parents’ hugely successful party supply company, Kate became an accessories buyer with the British clothing chain Jigsaw. However, the public attention that came with being the girlfriend of Britain’s future King became too great for Kate and in 2006 she quit her job.
The Duchess of Sussex
Meghan Markle, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theatre and international studies from Illinois’ Northwestern University in 2003, may have gained fame from being on Suits from 2011 to 2018, but she was on the Hollywood scene for years before landing her big break.
During her acting career she appeared on Deal or No Deal as a suitcase model, and also had roles in 90210, Without a Trace, Castle and Horrible Bosses. In 2016, she became the Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada and she also once ran her own lifestyle blog, The Tig, which she shut down after her romance with now-husband Prince Harry went public.
The pair married in a stunning ceremony at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, in 2018 and are the proud parents to Archie, three, and Lilibet, one. The Sussexes live in Santa Barbara, California.
Queen Consort Camilla
Camilla was first educated at Dumbrells School in Sussex and then attended Queen’s Gate School in South Kensington. She travelled abroad to go to Mon Fertile finishing school in Switzerland and after completing the course, she studied French and French Literature at the Institut Britannique in Paris.
After her education, Camilla worked as a secretary for a variety of firms in London’s West End and later, was employed as a receptionist for the decorating firm Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler in Mayfair.
Prince Charles and Camilla were married in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall in April 2005, when she became the Duchess of Cornwall. Camilla became Queen Consort when Charles ascended the throne in September 2022, following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
The Countess of Wessex
The Countess of Wessex started a successful career in public relations at London’s Capital Radio. From there she went on to work in different firms before opening her own, RJH Public Relations, in 1996. A short three years later she married into the British royal family.
Before he married Princess Eugenie in 2018, Jack started as a bartender before he became the general manager of Mahiki – one of William and Harry’s go-to clubs in their youth.
He then worked as a brand ambassador for George Clooney’s alcohol company, Casamigos Tequila, before landing a similar role at CostaTerra Golf & Ocean Club, a luxury resort in Portugal, in 2022. The couple, who share a one-year-old son August and are expecting their second child, now split their time between Portugal and the UK.
Queen Letizia of Spain
Queen Letizia was once a highly respected journalist. Her dedication to news even took her to the frontlines of the Iraq war. And while she is no longer a reporter, she credits the job for introducing her to the love of her life. It was during a work visit to northern Spain in 2002 that the Spanish beauty caught the eye of her now-husband King Felipe of Spain.
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands
Queen Maxima enjoyed a variety of careers in economics and education before meeting her husband, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, in Spain back in 1999. The couple married in 2003.
Queen Rania of Jordan
Before she became Queen Rania in 1999, the beautiful royal worked in marketing. Having graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo, she briefly worked for Citibank, before taking a job in the marketing department at Apple Inc. in Amman.
Princess Charlene of Monaco
Prior to her wedding to Prince Albert II of Monaco, Princess Charlene was a professional swimmer. She won three gold medals and a silver medal at the 1999 All-Africa Games, and later competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics, where she came fifth with the South African medley team. The stunning royal also finished sixth in the 2002 World Championships.
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The sport is particularly close to Princess Charlene’s heart, as it was during a swimming meet in Monaco that she met Prince Albert.
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
Crown Princess Mary, who was born and raised in Australia, received a degree in commerce and law at the University of Tasmania before completing a graduate degree in advertising. She climbed the ranks within the advertising community before that life-altering day in 2000 when she met Prince Frederik at a Sydney pub and her life changed forever.
Princess Marie of Denmark
Princess Marie was born in Paris and raised in Switzerland. She studied all over the world including Babson College in Massachusetts and Marymount Manhattan College in New York. During her college years, she worked in the public relations department at Estée Lauder.
After graduating she returned to Europe where she worked for a variety of marketing firms in France and Switzerland.
Crown Princess Masako of Japan
The wife of Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan initially refused to marry the prince, reluctant to give up her freedom and independence. But she finally accepted Naruhito’s third proposal in December 1992 and the engagement was officially announced one month later. The couple have one daughter, Princess Aiko.
Queen Mathilde of Belgium
Queen Mathilde of Belgium received a degree in speech therapy from Belgium’s Institut libre Marie Haps. She went on to open her own practice in the early 1990s before royal life came calling.
Queen Silvia of Sweden
Queen Silvia worked across various roles before she married the King of Sweden and became a full-time royal. Working at the Argentine Consulate in Munich, she went on to be an educational host during the 1972 Summer Olympics, as well as serving as the Deputy Head of Protocol in the Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria.
Her CV also boasts a brief stint as a flight attendant, as well as training in Swedish Sign Language. The elegant royal can also speak six languages and is a trained interpreter.
Princess Sofia of Sweden
Princess Sofia of Sweden came from a very humble upbringing before catching the eye of Sweden’s handsome Prince Carl Philip in 2010. She dabbled in modelling and reality television before moving to New York to study accounting while working part-time as a yoga instructor.
Prince Daniel of Sweden
Prince Daniel worked at retirement residences during his summer breaks before moving into sports leadership. He developed a love for fitness which led to the opening of his own gym, Balance, in 2006.
Even though he became a senior member of Sweden’s royal family upon his marriage to Crown Princess Victoria in 2010, Daniel continued his education in a variety of subjects, including physiology, physical activity, and health.
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