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Los Angeles may soon have its own real-life princess




TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25:  Prince Harry (R) and Meghan Markle (L) attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation )
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Prince Harry (R) and Meghan Markle (L) attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation )
Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation

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Hollywood is full of princesses.

But now we've got the dreamy story of a real, flesh-and-blood one. Actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry just got engaged. And Markle is our own: She was born and raised in LA. 

Once they wed, the union will break new ground for a few reasons:

1. Markle is a woman of color, her mom is black and her dad is white.

2. She was raised a Catholic, which as of a few years ago would have forbidden under royal succession rules.

3. Markle would become the first American to be given the title of Her Royal Highness.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27:  Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England.  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images

"She's known to have a humanitarian bent," explained BBC reporter Regan Morris, "so I think she will fit into the royal family in that way."

Despite this, the British tabloids have not always being kind to her. 

"Because her mother is African American, there's been some coverage like she's 'straight out of Compton,' as if she grew up rough," Morris went on. "But she had a good life in LA. A lot of people were upset about the racist coverage of her in the British tabloid media.

Still, according to Morris, times are a-changing for the British monarchy: "It's a much more accepting and modern institution now. I think they have more choices than their predecessors did."

So there you have it, LA's first real-life princess.

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