Royals before they were royal
Express.co.uk has collated pictures of eight famous royal figures before they were famous members of the Royal Family.
Prince Edward and PR consultant Sophie Rhys-Jones dated for several years before they finally tied the knot in 1999. The future Countess of Wessex was pictured in 1995 attending an Ascot charity race day in aid of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
Prince Harry’s future wife Meghan Markle was a successful actress in the US before she married the Duke in 2018. Here Meghan was pictured attending ELLE’s 6th Annual Women In Television Dinner in Hollywood in 2016.
Lady Diana Spencer
Shortly before her engagement to Prince Charles was announced in 1981, Lady Diana Spencer was pictured looking shocked as she stalled her red car outside her flat in Earl’s Court.
The future Duchess of Cambridge famously attended the University of St Andrews with Prince William, and she was pictured on the day of their graduation in 2005.
Rugby ace Mike Tindall married the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips in 2011, but he often joined his royal girlfriend at events in the years before they wed. Here Mike is pictured attending a Buckingham Palace reception with Zara and the Queen.
In 1992, four years before she married Prince Andrew, Sarah Ferguson was pictured with her friend Princess Diana at a polo match in Windsor.
Camilla Parker Bowles
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles had known each other for years before they married in 2005. Here Camilla was pictured chatting to Charles at a polo match in the early 1970s.
Princess Eugenie’s then boyfriend Jack Brooksbank joined her at Royal Ascot in 2017. The couple wed at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, in 2018.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK