As everyone knows, Britain’s Prince Harry is going to marry Meghan Markle on May 19th at Windsor Castle in England and now that he's also off the market is time to find a new palatable prince to marry.

First of all, my darlings, don't worry if you have no drop of royal blood in your veins, remember that nor does Meghan. I'm sure you remember her from playing smart and sexy as Rachel Zane in Suits along with her fake-lawyer boyfriend Mike Ross aka Patrick J. Adams. You don't even have to be of the same nationality to marry royalty. Markle isn’t British nobility, or British at all, as she was born in L.A. to two Americans so, girls, let's not lose hope and stop kissing frogs, for Prince's sake!

Get over it. Harry is going to marry Meghan.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

We gotta be honest and strategic, here. To marry a royal, first you’ll have to meet one. How? The way you meet anyone: go to school together, make mutual friends, study at Eton, Cambridge or Harvard, attend the same society functions, win a few olympic gold medals, become a world-known actress or topless dancer. Things like this, E-A-S-Y.

Lucklily for you, I've just spent weeks researching the history of normal people marrying into royal families (you're welcome) and here's the ultimate, practical, strategic guide to marry a Royal.

1 Go to one of the best universities

Kate Middleton, who was the first commoner to marry a British heir to the throne in more than three centuries, first met Prince William in college at St. Andrews in London. Italian journalist Beatrice Borromeo, a member of the ancient aristocratic House of Borromeo, met Pierre Casiraghi, younger son of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, while studying at Bocconi University in Milan.

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Crown Prince & Princess & Emperor Showa & Empress Kojun Wedding 1959 -
from Wikimedia Commons

Masako Owada, the Crown Princess of Japan met Prince Naruhito during her studies at the University of Tokyo. She accepted after declining his two first proposals, and the couple wed in 1993. In Africa, Masenate Mohato Seeiso, now Queen of Lesotho was studying at the National University when she met King Letsie III. They married in 2000 and have three children.

So, the trick is to get into a top university and then target a prince (or a princess).

2 Party hard

Royals like to party. So should you. Like with any common person, the more you get out to dance and socialise, the better your odds of meeting a prince to marry.

Looking at our data, Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway, first met Prince Haakon at a garden party during the Quart Festival, Norway's largest rock festival. When the two met again years later, she was a single mother. They married in 2001 and have had two more kids together.

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Also Marie Agathe Odile Cavallier, Princess of Denmark first met Prince Joachim at a party held by a mutual friend. The couple was married in May 2008 and they now have two children

Finally, Princess Rania of Jordan met the future king Abdullah bin al-Hussein at a dinner party in August 1992 and they were married in June 1993.

Got it? Party, party hard.

3 Win an Olympic Gold Medal or two.

You can also find your prince through sports. Yes, you know, things like polo, tennis or swimming.

Prince Albert of Monaco fell in love with Charlene Lynette Wittstock during a swimming meet in Monaco in 2000. The couple went public in 2006 at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, and married in July 2011.

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(apparently all Charlene's swimming pictures have been removed from the web for privacy)

Silvia, current Queen of Sweden, was working as a hostess at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich when she met then-Prince Carl Gustaf of Sweden. The prince ascended to the throne after the death of his grandfather in 1973. The couple married in 1976 and has three children and five grandchildren.

On the other side, Daniel was a gym owner and trainer when he met Crown Princess Victoria in 2001, after she attended a training session of his. The two married in June 2010 and have two children.

4 Go out

Remember, you can meet your Prince anywhere but most likely he won't be on Tinder. So drop the app and go out. Keep in mind that Princess Mary, former marketing executive Mary Donaldson, met her Prince (Frederik of Denmark) in a Sydney pub.

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While Argentinian Maxima Zorreguieta – now Queen Maxima – met future Dutch King Willem-Alexander, during the Seville Spring Fair in Spain. In fact, he introduced himself as Alexander and she had no idea he was a Prince. How humble.

5 Become a famous actress

Like with Meghan Markle, it seems that Royals like acresses and it's not even a new thing.
There have been multiple former actresses who have married into royalty, including: film star Rita Hayworth who married Prince Aly Khan and Grace Kelly who married the prince of Monaco 1956. If becoming a movie star seems too difficult, you can also aim to get into a reality TV show or topless dancing like Sofia Hellqvist who made Prince Carl Philip of Sweden fall head over heels and then got him to marry her.

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If topless and acting aren't your thing, then you could aim for something softer like TV presenting. Queen Letizia of Spain was a well-known TV anchorwoman before she tied the knot with King Felipe VI in 2004.

Finally, there are more princes to go round than you think. There are still over 30 reigning royal families worldwide, plus various European aristocrats, nobles and ex-royals still entitled to call themselves ‘prince’.
So get started, you are still in time for your own fairytale!

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