Originally Posted by Somebody
Depends on how you define senior royal (apart from the queen and her husband). The current duchess of Gloucester was born Danish and princess Michael of Kent is also foreign-born. Other non-British royal family members (although not senior royals) include the Maori Gary Lewis and Canadian Autumn Phillips, so there are quite a few non-Brits in the family (most likely more than in the average British family). And of course the duke of Windsor (and former king) married his American wife in 1937.
All in all, I would say it is not that exceptional that Harry marries a foreigner.
* Of the 5 children of king George V that got married, 2 married foreigners.
* Of the 2 children of king George VI 1 married a foreigner.
* Of the 4 children of queen Elizabeth II none married a foreigner.
* Of the 2 children of the prince of Wales 1 will marry a foreigner.
Elizabeth's children are the exception
To follow-up on the list of 'foreign' brides and grooms within the royal family.
If we look at the 4 children of king George V (who himself married a German), each of them had foreigners marrying in to the family:
Prince Albert (later George VI)'s eldest daughter married a Greek
prince; and two of her grandchildren (out of 4 married or to be married ones) are non-British: Canadian
Princess Mary's family has many foreigners among their ranks:
1 of her 2 children married an Austrian
Of her 6 grandchildren (5 of whom married one to three times): the eldest married secondly an Australian
; the second married firstly and secondly an American
and thirdly an Nigerian bride (from Lagos descent)
. And the fifth one is married to a Jamaican
Of her 3 married great-grandchildren 1 is married to an American
The only son of prince Henry (Duke of Gloucester) that got married, married a Danish
bride, among their three children-in-law one is from New Zealand of Maori descent
Of the 3 children of prince George (Duke of Kent) -who was married to a Greek princess- 1 married a German/Czech
countess. Out of his 6 married grandchildren: 1 married a Canadian (of Austrian descent)
and 1 a Brit(?) of Croatian/Italian descent