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Time for a fairy tale ending?

June 17th, 2010
03:11 PM ET

It's the story that dreams are made of and this weekend, 'commoner' Daniel Westling will marry the Swedish Crown princess and become royalty.

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Princess Victoria will marry her former gym trainer in a lavish ceremony that is being dubbed the party of the century by both royal watchers and local residents of Stockholm.

More than 200,000 people are expected to line the streets as Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel are escorted through the town in a horse-drawn carriage.

This weekend's wedding is another example of a member from the monarchy choosing to marry a person with seemingly no royal roots.

For the past seven years, Prince William from the United Kingdom has been dating his former flatmate, Kate Middleton and there is much speculation that the pair might get engaged this summer.

In Denmark, Prince Frederik married an Australian, Mary Elizabeth Donaldson, whom he met at a bar during the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The couple got married on May 14, 2004, and have two children together.

There are also other examples of marriages between members of the royal family and individuals with no royal roots that haven't fared very well.

Sarah Ferguson married Prince Andrew in 1986, but less than ten years later, the couple divorced.

Prince Charles was famously married to the late Princess Diana in 1981. Unfortunately, in 1996, the couple divorced.

We want to know what you think.

Is it possible for a person with no royal roots to survive the intense pressure, scrutiny and attention that comes with marrying a member of the royal family?

Is it really possible for there to be a fairy tale ending?

Let us know what you think and please leave your comments below. Be sure to tell us where you're writing from.


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  1. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello CNN friends,

    Where ever our ancestors(royal roots or no-royal roots) came from,
    GOD IS LEADER!
    What GOD connects,
    can Not be broken by men!

    Advice
    Let us Now Connect to make our world
    a Better Healthier and Beautiful World
    for You and for Me!

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname
    Latin-American

    June 17, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  2. A. Zudervici

    I don't think that it will be a problem. If you look here in The Netherlands, then you'll see that both the Prince of Orange (married with Princess Maxima Zorreguieta) and Her Majesty's sister Princess Margriet (who married Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven) have happy marriage and are very beloved whole-out the country.

    June 17, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  3. RobyRae

    Of course they can marry a "commoner". This shows an even more modern monarchy. The questions should be: how can a "commoner" fit in with a Monarchy? From our country, Princess Maxima got months of schooling and preparation to help her make the switch from "normal' life to life within a gilded cage. Fergie and Diana had to adjusts to a life that was asking to much. The monarchy in many european countries loves the "commoner" factor, but very few, help them in the transition, which then leads to divorce.

    June 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  4. Sir Fernando Macolor Cruz, KR

    I don't think one's origin would dictate the outcome of the wedding. It could, but not necessarily would. As long as two people remained honest and true to what they feel, there will always be a happy ending. In the Philippines, many local royalties composed of sultans, datus and princesses married commoners as well and they were having successful family life, both monogamously or polygamously.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  5. Kay

    Here in Norway, the Crown Prince married a formerly drug addict/single mother. They seem happy and she's turned her life around to be a lady.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  6. Anthony

    Jurgen R. Brul

    Unless a human interviens.

    God is a useless counterpart for the human mind in the year 2010 take action for your own doing just as they are. dont rely on god do anything cause nothing will happen. Praying is great but does it pay your bills? Nope 🙂

    June 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  7. Ebony

    In the Netherlands our Price Alexander married Maxima and the couple are very happy with three beautiful daughters. In fact, our Queen has the joy of seeing all her children enjoy happy marriages to people of no royal blood.

    All marriages take a lot of work to make it successful, some just take more work than others.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  8. Cordy

    ALL marriages depend on how two different persons will work to make a relationship work or fail...regardless of one's social status or lineage. If one's life is always in the public's limelight, then one just has to deal with it by resisting the temptation to buckle under the public's expectations & meddlings....

    June 17, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Reply
  9. Jerilynn Haney

    Hello,
    I am from Dallas, Texas – USA

    I believe in happily ever after. I always am so enthralled for the couples
    who live together and take care of each other with so much love and admiration.

    I believed in Diana's wedding. I1 had my son induced on her wedding day. What doe's that tell you?!?

    I wish every couple their happiness. For ever..

    June 17, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Reply
  10. Anita Hayes

    Their marriage will work. Sarah was a big mistake when she married Andrew. But the Swedes know better and Daniel is showing class.

    June 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  11. Walter

    I can't believe you people are even waisting your time thinking about this... What do we care about Princes Kings Queens bla bla bla and i am sorry CNN with times like this where people looses their jobs because of the crises, do you really think we need this now?

    June 17, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  12. Mind

    . Royal marrying a so-called commoner? First those calling themselves royals today were not born royal at the beginning. They were commoners and some of them were even less than commoners because they have to run away from their location to find an isolated land to settle on then claiming ownership and later royalty. So at the beginning most of them were runaways and brutal warriors who spilled people's blood. Maybe it is about time they face the reality and drop the title

    June 17, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  13. Mind Helper

    Royal marrying a so-called commoner? First those calling themselves royals today were not born royal at the beginning. They were commoners and some of them were even less than commoners because they have to run away from their location to find an isolated land to settle on then claiming ownership and later royalty. So at the beginning most of them were runaways and brutal warriors who spilled people's blood. Maybe it is about time they face the reality and drop the title

    June 17, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  14. Joy Williams

    It is imperative that royals marry out of their families to avoid the horrendous genetic mistakes of Queen Victoria's era. Marriage is never easy in the public eye so marrying for love is always advisable.

    June 17, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  15. james

    of course it can be a "happily-ever-after" marriage.
    look to Crown Princess Victoria's own parents: her father, The King, Carl XVI Gustaf, married a commoner who became Queen Silvia.

    June 17, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  16. Nathalie

    Here in Holland, our Crownprince of Orange, Willem-Alexander, married "commoner" Maxima Zorreguita in 2002.. She is now by far the most popular princess of our Royal Family. She is an intelligent, beautifiul women with much class and style. The couple has a great marriage and three beautiful daughters. The day he is crowned to be king, she will be our queen. And the Netherlands will be overjoyed.
    What's meant to be, is meant to be.
    Theirs is a fairytale wedding.

    June 17, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Reply
  17. carlos

    royal fairy tale weddings need blood transfusions, so why not marry a commoner? after all, the original KINGS were commoners...BUT after the oil spill, the flu-virus, the drugs, the eatrthquakes, the floods, the accidents, the wars, the tea parties, i believe WE NEED FAIRY TALES, so please son´t eliminate them, please.

    June 17, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  18. _PINUX_

    There was no such a thing royal root in the beginning. It is human that made something "royal" against "non-royal"

    June 17, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  19. Linda Lehnert

    Then Crown Prince Harald of Norway married a native Norwegian, Sonja (I forget HM's maiden name). She became HM Queen Sonja when Crown Prince Harald ascended the throne. All of our Norwegian immigrant friends were very happy and proud that the Crown Prince chose a native Norwegian instead of a foreigner with a title. She is the mother of the previously mentioned Crown Prince Haakon. HM Queen Sonja is beautiful, elegant and a lovely queen of whom Norway can be justifiably proud.

    June 17, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  20. CMO

    California, USA

    The majority of young Royals have married "commoners." In Denmark, Prince Joachim (Frederick's younger brother), 1st marriage was to a Hong Kong National named Alexandra. When that marriage did not work out he eventually married another commoner from France.

    In Spain, Prince Felipe also married a commoner, Letizia (a television journalist).

    Every marriage takes work, royal or not. Every bride needs to plan for not just a wedding, but a marriage. Anyone that enters into a royal family, needs to get past the idea of becoming a princess or prince, and actually be in love with the person who they are marrying. At the end of the day, they are just a man and a woman, and under the intense scrutiny of the press, they will have to rely on each other for their strength.

    I think it is wise that Daniel and Victoria did not rush into a marriage (and William and Kate if they end up getting married). I wish them the best of luck!

    June 17, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  21. Kelly

    Well for them it is bliss, for those of us that live in the surrounding neighborhood, it is a bloody nightmare. We cannot get our car in without wasting a half tank of gas to get around the blockades that plague our street. And the neighboring businésses are having to close off their outdoor patios because that is the line where the royal carriage will drive to take them out on their tour of their subjects. Who cares who they marry? I sure don't. They have to live with their partner in the end. And I think they will be happy together. They've been together for a long time. I wish them every happiness. But why did they feel it neccessary to make their neighbors suffer for their party? I would never have asked several hundreds of people to make do for 2 weeks because of my wedding. It's just not cool.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  22. KamranGCW

    Kamran (from Iran) from Sweden:
    What really matters in a relationship/marrige is that the two are commited to one another!
    Victoria and Daniel, however "common" or royal, seem to be very much in love, and I love them both for it, and wish them all the best!
    As long as two people know what "love" means, they have absoulutely nothing to worry about!

    June 17, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  23. darwin o. carlos

    personally, i would really like to think so. but every time i remember the case between prince charles and lady diana i suddenly feel that it is impossible. maybe if the royal do have a strong personality to withstand its royal customs, maybe it will succeed. i just hope that lady diana's boys do not look up to their father as a roll model.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Reply
  24. may

    ....Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel ..." He's a commoner, and marrying the princess automatically makes him a prince?

    June 17, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Reply
  25. comcrit

    I believe I couldn't care less.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Reply
  26. rosemary rimmer-clay

    Royal weddings have been coming unstuck for centuries...think of Cleopatra, King Lothar, Mary Queen of Scots,Henry Vlll, George lV...it's not the person, it's the goldfish bowl and the pressures of the role that mean that 'royal' people can't live normal lives. The royal family always see freshly painted buildings, with lavish flower borders, and their every minute they are surrounded by staring faces. They don't run their own baths, flush their own loos, or pay for bills. It's a kind of fairytale existence, but the subtext is that they trade the pressures of ordinary life for life in a glass house, at risk of being betrayed by their closest allies, and subject to the fiercest scrutiny for their whole life, from birth to death. George Vth was euthanised by his doctor in time for the BBC News. Inevitably their lives are tragi-comedies, because they can never be seen to be 'ordinary', even though in private they eat plain dinners out of tupperware, they have to maintain a pose as 'royalty.'

    June 18, 2010 at 12:47 am | Reply
  27. Hanivar Cutanda

    In the Philippines there is a saying that goes; Water and oil would never mix. The rich and affluent rarely marries a poor person. However, man is created by God and are equal. Royalties or whatever rank or title should not be a hindrance to a union.

    June 18, 2010 at 1:21 am | Reply
  28. Aisha

    I believe that any wedding depend on couple love so the status whether you are a royalty or not has no meaning in love, Love is Blind

    June 18, 2010 at 1:22 am | Reply
  29. Patricia Hastings

    I think you should check your facts more carefully ... Princess Diana had more royal blood than Prince Charles she was an actual decendant of Charles 2 if even through a mistress. Sara Ferguson apparently was connected to the royal family – I believe through her father. These people are not exactly commoners. When a guy is a gym instructor or someone you meet at a bar then I would consider those people to be commoners ..

    June 18, 2010 at 1:32 am | Reply
  30. Mike Wasowski

    Their Marriage is like Fiona and Shrek, today anybody can marriage with a princess.

    June 18, 2010 at 1:40 am | Reply
  31. amna

    i think that it is definitely possile

    June 18, 2010 at 1:51 am | Reply
  32. Linda Krijt

    Judging from what we've been able to observe in recent years, when a commoner marries royalty, he or she is taking on a very hard job. Here in Venezuela, we get a lot of info. about Princess Leticia of Spain who was formally a very successful TV journalist. She has worked tremendously hard to fulfill the public expectations of her role, but she is as thin as a rail – very reminiscent of Princess Diana during her difficult years. Perhaps it's harder for a woman than for a man to take this step and too, I think that the Northern European royal houses are less formal than are the Spanish and English ones.

    June 18, 2010 at 2:19 am | Reply
  33. pyalie

    From a member of the commonwealth: WHO CARES?! Leave the alone.

    June 18, 2010 at 3:29 am | Reply
  34. oneazn

    you've left out the crown prince of japan who married a harvard-educated commoner. she's been deep in depression since!

    June 18, 2010 at 3:56 am | Reply
  35. annie

    Sarah Ferguson is descended from illegitimate children from former English kings, so she has royal roots. Diana was part of the Spencer family, which is royalty too.

    June 18, 2010 at 4:46 am | Reply
  36. Woody Brown

    I'm a commoner who married a royal pain in the butt.
    No fairytale ending...so, I guess it's all relative to how much royal pain a common butt can bear.

    June 18, 2010 at 5:15 am | Reply
  37. DaveS

    I'm from Australia. Mary (from here) married Fredrik (Danish Prince) and we hear there are some strains related to their different histories. But, its not a one size fits all question. It depends on the people involved, the cultures they live in and importantly, the status of the Royal family in that country and the level of media scrutiny applied to them. As I understand it, the dynasties in the Netherlands and the Scandinavian countries have less power and are under less media pressure than the Royals in England. Other Royal families (e.g. Bali) have little profile today. Meanwhile the King of Swaziland is an absolute Monarch, with many wives, in a very poor country – a world away from the European experience!

    June 18, 2010 at 5:31 am | Reply
  38. Ah Nya

    Every person has the choice to be happy or unhappy in marriage. Royalty or not royalty is just one of those things that make an easy excuse for not wanting to deal with a relationship at the start of going bad. In such a case, we don't know if the person even prayed to God so let's not pass judgement on that.

    I wish the princess and her charming fiance a very happy marriage and a wonderful life together. From me in Singapore.

    June 18, 2010 at 5:53 am | Reply
  39. suh@ni

    yeah but wedding does happen or does not happen is not as essential as to survive the wedding for keeps.....i believe in love and believe in weddings too...love is beautiful

    June 18, 2010 at 6:14 am | Reply
  40. greta coppola

    Norwegian prince Harald married a non royal (Sonja) in 1968 and that marriage is still going strong. They have 2 children who have married non-royals.Harald & Sonja are now king & queen of Norway.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:49 am | Reply
  41. thai

    I don`t think the back ground really matters, it is what two people feel about each other. If they are in love and want their relationship to work, gym trainer, gabbage man, mail man, ex con, they can all get married in a royal family and live happily ever after.

    June 18, 2010 at 6:52 am | Reply
  42. RS

    In Spain, Crown Prince Felipe de Borbon married Letizia Ortiz (a common citizen with no royal heritage) in 2004. As a personal friend of the couple, I can honestly say they are very happy together, with tremendous love for each other and two beautiful childeren. The Spanish public once seemed skeptical of our future Queen coming from a family not connected with the aristocracy, but now generally admires the Prince & Princess' example of a successful and happy marriage.

    June 18, 2010 at 7:26 am | Reply
  43. mod

    God is the head over everyone. When He blesses u with a partner, its beyond our imagination since he is the author and perfecter of what He has started. Remember at creation that it was only 'HE & SHE' or a man &a woman, there was no prince or princess, but it pleased God. We belong to each other. LOVE is the source of every marriage. Mr Mod in Botswana

    June 18, 2010 at 8:08 am | Reply
  44. Deepwater805

    Hey! How about me? I'm royal. At least that's what my ex always used to call me. I forget exactly, but it was something to the effect of me and some hurt donkey.....

    June 18, 2010 at 8:21 am | Reply
  45. Jas

    The fact that we as a species still revere people as royalty is a complete travesty. They're just people – just like us. Monarchy has no place in a modern society anymore. It served it's purpose and through education and communication we should have overcome this by now. But I suppose it's not my place to trample the tradtions of others. I just hope they're okay that their tax money funds a group of people who provide nothing more to their country than being a figurehead and fodder for the tabloids.

    Jas
    Osaka, Japan

    June 18, 2010 at 8:44 am | Reply
  46. CJ

    While I don't think being royal or non-royal has anything to do with whether a marriage will work (only that two people are actually compatible and work hard at their relationship), it should be pointed out that Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson DO both have royal blood.

    Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson descend from illegitimate sons of King Charles II of England (and are both therefore very distant relatives of their respective ex-husbands).

    June 18, 2010 at 8:46 am | Reply
  47. Emmett Lawlor

    The article's antepenultimate bolded sentence, should say 'a royal family' and not 'the royal family' or does the writer think there is one royal family in the world?

    June 18, 2010 at 8:48 am | Reply
  48. josephine

    hi,
    my name is josephine, i really know that marrying from a royal family yet you are not one of them is quite tricky. what one should know is that, if u love somebody just go ahead because love is blind., and every body has a right to love one another.
    so, what i would advise people in love with the other guys from the royal family is that, they, should always carry on because, they are humans like any other. This is all about diginity and with love there is no such Nonsense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 18, 2010 at 8:56 am | Reply
  49. EJK

    I think CNN should think twice before making such an argument. Being a European with knowledge about my own royal family, I know very well that the 'commoner' can adapt to the royal life. It is a question of transforming and adapting, which is obviously something the person has thought over, very well. I know Americans (I assume the article was written by an American) have limited knowledge in matters of royal families etc. but I think the emphasis on such an article rather should be to congratulate the couple.

    June 18, 2010 at 9:28 am | Reply
  50. Robert van Diggelen

    Not quite right: Princess Diana (Lady Diana Spencer) had more noble blood than her husband.

    June 18, 2010 at 9:30 am | Reply
  51. Gus Akosah-Yiadom Tema- Ghana W/A

    Nature determines widely in terms of such unions across continents, cultures and customs. Inner feelings naturally overules predeterminations by families, parents and sometimes peer pressure from even friends. Royal is good but don't forget for instance in Africa Royals abound – every home has Kings and Queens. We used to dress as such before neo-times and it don't really matter marriages between so-called commoners and royals. IRESTMYCASE

    June 18, 2010 at 10:17 am | Reply
  52. Viktor

    when will our blessed God brings us a true colours of love, Adam and Steve, a Prince and a prince communed in holy union – a King and King or a King and a Queen, indeed? By the power of Jesus, make it happen

    June 18, 2010 at 11:28 am | Reply
  53. Peter

    GOD is in your brain, not existing... Hurray for Victoria and Daniel

    June 19, 2010 at 5:43 am | Reply
  54. Mattias

    Daniel and Victoria has already been a couple for something like 8 years and have worked hard together to be able to get to this point. For them, this is probably more a confirmation of the love they have shared for almost a decade, than a shallow fairytale.

    Mattias
    Gothenburg, Sweden

    June 19, 2010 at 10:36 am | Reply
  55. Duncan MacTavish

    All marriages, royal & non royal, are not easy. This one will last, if both these people continue to work at it.
    I wish them the best!

    June 19, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Reply
  56. Sir Djon MaNure de Royal Niger

    I marrie a pure dam princess as white as a lillie when I want to. No doubt you will prosper well when you answer my many many many email messages to get you to sign for my mother's millions in inheritance the government owes her but will not pay due to her expatriate status. You come here and I drive you to the hotel in my cousin's Mercedes Benz. Indeed I will marry royalty when I get the money in my pocket. You only pay small fee.

    June 20, 2010 at 2:45 am | Reply
  57. liana lee

    whether its commoner with commoner or commoner with royalty, there will be bound to have some unhappy endings here and there. end of the day, there is nothing wrong at all, it takes two to tango, as long as there are happiness involved, as long as both are adults who can think, its okay

    June 21, 2010 at 7:30 am | Reply
  58. Swedish Royalist

    Prince Daniel might have been a commoner, this is true. But to the question if HRH is fitt or able to do well... one must only listen to HRH's wedding speech. In that speech the Prince turned sceptics in to supporters and opposition into skeptics... it was one of the greatest speeches (in Swedish) in the last couple of years according to experts on rhetoric.

    And when you have done that look at his approval raitings, HRH is the most poppular member of the royal family only second to is wife The Crown Princess.

    HRH is ready, able and willing. All that we, the people, Citizens of The Kingdom of Sweden, subjects to HM the king, may ask of any who is to support our future Queen and be her consort.

    June 21, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Reply
  59. The swede

    Anyone who saw the wedding on Saturday or the videos here from the occacion cannot doubt the love between thses two, both of them were radiating love and happiness in such a way that they left no one unaffected. They´ll have tough times, all couples do, but I´m sure they´ll live happily ever after.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Reply
  60. Gun

    Mr Daniel Westling, now Prince of Sweden, is one of the "small people" the BP-boss Mr Svanberg was referring to! The new prince certainly impressed in a positive manner on the wedding day, as did his wife.

    June 22, 2010 at 10:11 am | Reply

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