If we’ve learned anything from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, it’s that there’s a lot more to “happily ever after” than meets the eye. Ever since the couple decided to leave the monarchy, they’ve peeled back the curtain and shown us that even the most illustrious royal love stories can involve much more than just tiaras and titles. As it turns out, princes and princesses deal with many of the same pressures as non-royal couples, from meddling in-laws to familial expectations.
And while Harry and Meghan might be one of the most famous royal couples to risk it all for love, they’re certainly not the only pair that’s defied tradition and overcome obstacles to seek happiness on their own terms. There’s a new class of modern royals who are paving new paths to the throne and beyond, and they’re reminding us how love really can conquer all along the way. From unlikely matches to history-making unions, here are five inspiring royal love stories from all around the globe.