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Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle about to become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex?

As always with royal relationships, speculation is rife that Prince Harry will soon become engaged to American actress Meghan Markle. But if the couple does actually tie the knot, what will their title be?

Many possible titles have been discussed in royal circles including the Duke & Duchess of Clarence and Duke & Duchess of Buckingham. However, there is one title that particularly stands out and is a likely choice for the couple if they do marry.

The Dukedom of Sussex is said to be reserved for Prince Harry meaning when he gets married he is likely to become HRH the Duke of Sussex. Harry’s spouse will become HRH the Duchess of Sussex.

Analysis by Charlie Proctor, Royal Central’s Editor-in-Chief

In the event Prince Harry and Meghan Markle do get married, Meghan will certainly not be styled as ‘Princess Meghan’.

She will be a Princess by marriage; however, she will styled as Duchess.

Duchess of what is still unknown, however, it is extremely likely that Prince Harry and his spouse will become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Royal watchers only have to look at the debate that has been ongoing for the past six years as to why the Duchess of Cambridge isn’t ‘Princess Catherine’ to understand the reason for this.

There’s no precedent for affording the title to royals in her position, and there’s no reason to think that this tradition will be broken.

It is all speculation at the moment, however, Prince Harry’s spouse, whether it will be Meghan Markle or not, certainly will not be styled as a Princess.

Royal historian Marlene Koenig explains: “Most likely, he will be created a Duke. Sussex is available so [Meghan] would be HRH the Duchess of Sussex. Her rank would be a princess by marriage of the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and Northern Ireland.”

If Prince Harry were to marry Miss Markle, it would almost certainly be a public wedding (quite possibly the last for The Queen’s grandchildren as Princess Beatrice, Eugenie and the Earl of Wessex’s children are unlikely to be afforded a public wedding).

However, the wedding will probably be similar to the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s in 2005 because Miss Markle is a Catholic divorcee.

It is unknown whether The Queen would attend the wedding. She famously stayed away from her son’s second wedding but attended a reception after the ceremony.

However, all this talk of marriage is ‘early days’ and largely speculative – it might be many years away before the Prince becomes engaged yet – after all, it took Prince William almost a decade to wed the now Duchess of Cambridge!

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