With the world clamoring over the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton, you’d think White, European women had a lock on Royal weddings, but you’d be wrong.
While many wonder what IS up with America’s obsession with the British royal family (I mean, didn’t we revolt against Monarchies?), others are looking forward to getting all of the details about their nuptials and tuning into the festivities like it’s 1981 all over again.
Unrealistic princess fantasies aside, a good love story is not only fun to talk about, but it can also be inspiring. It gives some hope that kissing a bunch of toads, and holding out for the right partner, is totally worth it if you end up with your Prince or Princess Charming in the end.
Even though some are going crazy over William and Kate’s upcoming wedding, I can’t help but think about the young Black girls who might look at the lavish nuptials and think that being a princess (or being treated like one) is only reserved for White women.
So for all the colored girls who think that happily ever after will never come, CLUTCH is here to remind you that Black princesses do exist, and not just in Zamunda either.
Princess Angela of Liechtenstein: Born in Panama, Princess Angela Gisela Brown married Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein in 2000. This Afro-Latina beauty grew up in New York City and attended Parsons School of Design, where she won the coveted Oscar de la Renta Gold Thimble Award for fashion design. As a designer, Princess Angela worked with such icons as Adrienne Vittadini, and started her own label, A. Brown, before marrying Prince Maximilian. The couple has two children, Prince Alfons Constantin and Princess Angela. Princess Angela and her son Prince Alfons are the highest-ranking Black members of a reigning European dynasty.
Princess Keisha Omilana of Nigeria: Hailing from Inglewood, California. This around-the-way-girl turned-royal has the ultimate inspiring story. Known in the industry as, “The Pantene Girl” because she was the first African-American woman featured in three commercials, Princess Keisha heads Wonderful TV with her husband, Prince Kunle Omilan. Along with running Wonderful TV, which boasts a network of stations across Europe, Princess Keisha has modeled for nearly every cosmetics brand from L’Oreal to Cover Girl, and has appeared in “Zoolander,” “30 Rock,” and “Saturday Night Live.”
Countess Mary Von Habsburg of Austria: Although she isn’t a princess, Countess Mary, born in Wau, Sudan, is married to Ferdinand Leopold Joseph Count von Habsburg of Austria. Ferdinand hails from the venerable Von Habsburg royal family, who are descendants of William the Conqueror. Countess Mary and Count Ferdinand exchanged vows in 1999 in Nairobi, Kenya and the couple has three children together. Although some in the royal family took issue with their coupling because the Countess was an African commoner, Dr. Otto von Habsburg, head of the family, declared her an “equal.”
Baroness Cécile de Massy: Born in Guadeloupe, this Caribbean beauty is the highest-ranking Black person in Monaco. The Baroness married Christian Louis, Barron de Massy, and the couple has two children, Brice and Antoine. Baroness Cécile is the president of Ladies Lunch Monte-Carlo, a charitable organization in Monaco.
Queen Charlotte: Known to many as the first Black Queen of England, Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, was married to King George III. Although many argue over Queen Charlotte’s ambiguous racial background, it was discovered that she was a direct descendent of Margarita de Castro y Sousa, a Black branch of the Portuguese Royal family. Throughout history many have commented that she had Black/African features, and her beauty and her mixed heritage was eloquently captured in a poem written for her wedding day.
Know of any other Black royals? Share them with us!