It is widely expected that The Queen will grant Prince Harry and Meghan Markle the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but what will their titles be when they are in Scotland?
Prince William is Earl of Strathearn, Prince Andrew is Earl of Inverness, and Prince Charles is the Duke of Rothesay. A likely choice for Prince Harry will be the Earl of Ross, although the title comes with some unlucky history.
He won’t receive a dukedom because then he would outrank his brother.
Co-editor of Debrett’s Peerage and Baronetage, Wendy Bosberry-Scott told The Press and Journal her thoughts on the matter: “The Scottish title Prince Harry receives is likely to be an earldom but there are very few clues here.
“One potential candidate is Ross, but this was last held by Charles I – who was executed in 1649 – so it may well be considered unlucky.
“Dumbarton is another possibility but, at this point, it is merely speculation and many factors will have to be considered before a suitable title is chosen.”
The Lord of the Isles forfeited the Ross title in the 15th century to the Crown.
There is a history of second sons holding the title including the second son of James III, James Stewart, and the second surviving son of James IV, Alexander Stewart.
The other two royals to hold the title are Mary Queen of Scots husband, Lord Darnley who was strangled to death in 1567 and Charles I who was beheaded. Since the death of Charles I, no one used the title.
McBookie.com has ‘Ross’ as a 6/4 favourite; other picks are Dumbarton, Deloraine, Ormond and Forfar.
Paul Petrie of McBookie.com said: “This might seem like a bit of royal pass-the-parcel but actually a lot of thought and research goes into bestowing a title.
“There is history and prestige behind each one and the Queen will be advised on what is the best fit for the couple and no doubt have her own ideas too.
“These titles are used officially when members of the royal family come to Scotland; it ensures we continue to have our own distinct identity within the United Kingdom and don’t just followed the lead from England.”
The Queen typically announces the titles the day before the couple is married. However, she could hold off and wait for Prince Charles as Sovereign to bestow them. Unlikely, but it an option.