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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!

  • Lesleyc

    Let’s not forget that QEII attended Charles & Camilla’s blessing after the civil ceremony.

    • UF

      As much for the House of Windsor as for her odd son

      • Lesleyc

        Ilv never thought of Charles as odd, misguided at times but never odd.

        • UF

          Oddly misguided?

          • Lesleyc

            LOL – that’s a good description.

  • UF

    What if Prince Harry turns out to be “gay” or even “transgender”? Would his “partner” be styled His Royal Highness. He certainly wouldn’t be a princess. But he would be a “queen”.

    • No laws to give “his gay partner” a title or if he was transgender, a law or patent would have to be provided by the monarch or Prime Minister..

      • UF

        Well HM and her 1st Minister can be grateful HRH The Prince Harry is a raging heterosexual

      • UF

        Then HM and her First Minister can be grateful Prince Harry is a raging heterosexual

  • Beverly Lewis

    I personally hope Harry comes to his senses, realize the “role” of life his status affords and realizes Megan Markle is definitely not his equal in so many aspects. Would be a total disgrace for Harry to consider any committment to Markle. She carries far too much baggage and is seeking only the title of “princess” as expressed by her family

    • Dottie Mertsky

      what about Princess Grace? She was a “commoner”

      • Laura Deagler

        Grace Kelly wasn’t a divorcee and she didn’t marry into the British Royal Family. Spain has divorcee commoner Queen. Sweden was a commoner before her marriage. As for why Grace was a Princess, Monaco is only a Principality thus as the spouse of the reigning monarch she was a Princess and Prince Albert’s wife Charlene. His daughter Gabriella is a Princess and has a title because she was born into the House of Grimaldi.

        • UF

          Princess Grace was royal in ever way but “blood” and title. She made the House of Grimaldi famous and beautiful. Her husband and people adored her

  • Rebecca Mathers

    i hope that Prince Harry finds happiness but do not think it will be Megan.
    Her body lanauage suggests that all is not well

  • Jean B

    I believe the suggestion of a royal Dukedom for Prince Harry flies in the face of the recent trend to ‘downsize’ the monarchy. The last thing Prince Charles wants is another generation of Royal Dukes with royal children ( a la Prince Andrew and his daughters). It is much more likely that Prince Harry will opt for an Earldom, albeit continuing to hold the style of HRH (a la Prince Edward). I also feel that by the time his children arrive Letters Patent will have been issued to enshrine their rank as that of the children of non-royal dukes, i.e Lord N or Lady N – which is having a trial run with Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

    • Bookworm

      It should not be forgotten that Prince Andrew’s daughters are direct descendants of the Queen. At least one of the princesses has a job & earns a salary. Also they do step up to the plate from time to time in support of the Queen. If they are not on the Civil List they have to earn their own crust.

      • Jean B

        The old system of all grandchildren of the monarch in the male line (bar in the direct line) automatically holding royal titles and being ‘working royals’ is being eradicated under the direction of the Prince of Wales, hence his well publicized battles with Prince Andrew. He will not permit the same to happen to his second son and HIS subsequent offspring. They will be much more marginal than the Cambridge children.

  • Jean B

    Jean B an hour ago
    I believe the suggestion of a royal Dukedom for Prince Harry flies in the face of the recent trend to ‘downsize’ the monarchy. The last thing Prince Charles wants is another generation of Royal Dukes with royal children ( a la Prince Andrew and his daughters). It is much more likely that Prince Harry will opt for an Earldom, albeit continuing to hold the style of HRH (a la Prince Edward). I also feel that by the time his children arrive, Letters Patent will have been issued to enshrine his potential childrens’ rank as that of the children of non-royal dukes, i.e Lord N or Lady N – which is undergoing a trial run with Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn. I would hazard a guess at the Earldom of Carrick -a subsidary Scottish title of the Prince of Wales, which he does not use as he is styled the more senior title of HRH the Duke of Rothesay when in that country. A Scottish earldom would also serve to break the preponderance of Home County English titles adorning the current holders, i.e, Kent, Gloucester, Wessex, Cambridge, although precedent may dictate an English title. In my scenario Meghan Merkle would possibly become HRH the Countess of Carrick.

  • Lesleyc

    Yes both are good but first is best. Collaboration works well!

  • Fiona Blair

    The Duke and Duchess of Clarence.

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