What will Meghan Markle’s title be when she marries Prince Harry? – it’s the question we all want the answer to.
While the Royal Family are yet to confirm whether Harry will become a Duke upon marriage, historians have speculated what her name will change to when she marries Prince Harry in spring 2018.
If Harry retains his current rank – His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales – it’s believed Meghan will take on the feminine version of his title, becoming known as Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales.
But if Harry becomes a Duke upon marriage, as he is widely expected to, Meghan will therefore become a Duchess, just like Kate Middleton became Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge upon marriage to Prince William, Duke Of Cambridge.
Royal Historian Marlene Koenig wrote on the blog Royal Musings that Meghan is most likely to become the Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex if, as it is widely believed, Harry takes the vacant rank of Duke Of Sussex.
‘Meghan would be HRH the Duchess of Sussex,’ Joenig has previously told Royal Contral. ‘Her rank would be a princess by marriage of the United Kingdom, Great Britain and Northern Ireland.’
This view is actually shared by a number of experts who previously predicted the title, that has sat vacant since 1843, would be given to Prince William before he became the Duke of Cambridge.
Other titles available are Clarence and Buckingham.
Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge – who was just known as Kate Middleton before the married Prince William, Duke Of Cambridge in April 2011 – could also go by the name of HRH Princess William of Wales if she wished.
One thing is for sure – Meghan won’t be given the title of a Princess.
While she will become a princess by marriage, for someone to assume the title of Princess, they must be born into the Royal Family, just like Princess Charlotte is a Princess because of her father’s status.
However, if Harry and Meghan were to have children, they would not automatically be called Prince or Princess.
Instead, they would be given the title of Lord or Lady. taking the surname Mountbatten-Windsor – a nod to Prince Philip’s family name.
In 1960, the Queen passed a ruling which only entitled the children or the grandchildren of the sovereign to take the title of Prince or Princess.
However, in 2012 – one year after Kate and William married – she allowed all children of Charles, Prince Of Wales, to take the Prince or Princess titles.
Harry and Meghan’s prospective children could be upgraded to Prince or Princesses when the line of succession to the thrown changes as Prince Charles ascends the thrown.
Prince Harry would then likely become HRH The Prince Henry, meaning Meghan would become HRH The Princess Henry.
Clarence House confirmed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement in a statement this morning.