There are two ways to become a princess: being born into royalty or marrying a prince.
For a long time, it was unheard of for princes to marry commoners, lest their royal bloodline be diluted. Nowadays, though, such snobbery is finally out of style and royals are largely free to choose spouses from every social stratum.
Thanks to this change in royal attitudes, the world is seeing a new generation of princesses who come from humble beginnings. Many of them have a rags-to-riches life story to rival that of Cinderella or Belle, and a few even have Instagram accounts. Click through this slideshow to learn who was born to a single mother, who was in the Olympics and which European princesses are actually American.