“Dollar Princesses”

During the Gilded Age, wealthy American heiresses married broke British aristocrats. These “dollar princesses” were seeking to raise their families’ social status. They included Jenny Randolph-Churchill, “the tattooed daughter of a philandering financier and a social climber,” who became mother to Winston Churchill.

Erin Blakemore at History.com: How American ‘Dollar Princesses’ Invaded British High Society

Also: “In 1880, stock and railway heiress Frances Ellen Work married the future Baron Fermoy. Like many ‘dollar princess’ matches, it was an unhappy one, and the couple divorced in 1891…. her great-granddaughter Diana became the Princess of Wales.”