Meghan Markle makes for unconventional princess–and it’s not just her race

The 'Suits' actress is a game changer for Royal Family for more reasons than one

Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged, and according to CBS, that’s a “game changer.”

“I think Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle is a game changer for the royal family,” said royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah.

There are so many things about Markle that make her different to previous significant others for other royals. For one thing, she was already independently famous, rocketing to stardom with her role in “Suits.” For another, she is bi-racial.

Markle has also been married before. That difference in particular is telling, since tradition holds that the royals don’t marry divorcees or Catholics.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 27: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce the engagement of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle 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/Getty Images)

“She is completely different from previous royal brides we’ve seen of recent generations, like the Duchess of Cambridge, like Princess Diana. This is a woman who’s had a career, she’s been married before, she’s had a very different background to members of the royal family,” Nikkah explained.

And that, she went on to say, is a sign that even the long-running traditions of the British Royal Family can be changed.

“It shows that the royal family are finally ready to modernize a bit, to advance a bit and to let Prince Harry actually follow his heart rather than royal traditional convention,” said Nikkhah, “and that’s groundbreaking.”