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What would Meghan Markle’s title be should she marry Prince Harry?

With Prince Harry bending the rules of the Royal Family this past week in order to go visit his girlfriend, Meghan Markle in Toronto, rumours are swirling that Harry is serious about popping the question.

So should a royal wedding be coming in the not too distant future (and after 2016 the world really could use something to look forward to!), what would Miss Markle’s title be?

Should Prince Harry not be presented with a peerage, Miss Markle would become HRH Princess Henry of Wales. In the United Kingdom, the wife automatically takes on her husband’s title. She would not be Princess Meghan, just like Catherine is not Princess Catherine and Diana was never Princess Diana. To have the Princess title before your name they would have to have been born into the family, such as Princess Charlotte or Princess Beatrice.

According to Royal Historian Marlene Koenig of the blog Royal Musings, Prince Harry will most likely receive a peerage, saying: “Most likely, he will be created a Duke. Sussex is available so she [Meghan Markle] would be HRH the Duchess of Sussex. Her rank would be a princess by marriage of the United Kingdom, Great Britain and Northern Ireland.”

The last person to hold the title of Duke of Sussex was Prince Augustus Frederick, the sixth son of King George III on 27 November 1801. He died on 21 April 1843, the title dying with him. Since then no one has held the title. Some thought Prince William would be given the title upon his marriage to Catherine but instead was honoured with the Duke of Cambridge. Many have since assumed that Sussex will be kept for Harry now.

Koeing went on to say: “If Harry marries during Granny’s lifetime, his kids will not be royal until his father is king due to 1917 Letters Patent.”

The letters dated 30 November 1917 by George V state: “The children of any Sovereign of these Realms and the children of the sons of any such Sovereign and the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales shall have and at all times hold and enjoy the style, title or attribute of Royal Highness with their titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their respective Christian names or with their other titles of honour”.

It also said that the “grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line … shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of Dukes of these Our Realms”.

In not so technical English, any children who are further than the grandchildren of the Sovereign, except those who did so under unrevoked letters patent would not hold the HRH title (the letter patent May 1898 states that the Crown granted the children of the eldest son of any Prince of Wales the style of Royal Highness). The 1917 Letters Patent superseded the 1898 LP. That is why Prince George and Princess Charlotte hold the HRH title and Harry’s hypothetical children would not until Prince Charles is king.

Before George was born, Her Majesty had a new Letters Patent drawn up that would give the HRH Prince/Princess title to all of the children of Prince William. Had Charlotte been more first, she would have succeed her brother in-line to the throne but only would have had the title of Lady.


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    • Sigi

      How about Bimbo #2, since Waity Katie is Bimbo #1 ?

      • Fiona Blair

        and your a ASSHoLE!!!!!!!

        • Sigi

          Yes you are.

  • Mary Indiana

    Prince Harry would be a more fitting choice for Duke of Edinburgh. He,like his grandfather,served bravely and well in the military during war. Edward dropped out of basic training after he sprained an ankle or something.

    • Andrew Wilson

      Not correct. It was a mutual decision for Edward to leave CTCRM Lympstone because of his perceived attitude regarding his status which did not reflect the ethos of the Royal Marines (That’s the polite version)

      • Fiona Blair


        • Sigi

          oh shut up.

      • Sigi

        Good one. In other words Eddie was a B*tch on Drama Mode.

    • Fiona Blair

      HRH The Duke of Edinburgh will go to HRH Earl of Wessex ( Edward) as this title belongs to the Edinburgh titles.when HRH The D of E dies , the title goes to Edward.and his wife will be Duchess of E.

      • Sigi

        Yahhhhh shut up

    • Sigi

      Eddie dropped out because you can’t wear pink undies in the military. Many f the RF “men” are on the Gay side. Not that I’m judging them, I don’t hate Gays. I’m just saying.

  • Mr. Christian

    Much to a bit more pain inflicted on Princess Diana, the Queen, as I heard from Diana’s Private Secretary did remove her HRH, so she was known only as Princess Diana; or, popularly after PM Tony Blair to millions, “The Peoples’ Princess.” May God , through her friend Saint Teresa rest Princess Diana’s soul in his bosom of abiding love; and, may her children continue her best qualities and love for the otherwise forgotten less fortunate people of this earth.

    • ohjodi

      After the divorce, she was Diana, Princess of Wales (without the HRH).

      She was never “Princess Diana” (but the public liked to call her that)

  • Fiona Blair

    The Duke and Duchess of Clarence

    • Fiona Blair

      or Clarence, Connaught, Cumberland,

  • Sigi

    Forget Chicken Legs Schmarkel, she’s got chicken legs and ulterior motives. And she’ solder than Harry. He needs to quit f-ing around, or else everyone will realize he is actually Gayer than Willy Boy. Harry = that Uncle who never got married.

  • Unless she renounces her American citizenship, she can’t have any titles of nobility or royalty.

    • Lee44444

      She doesn’t deserve any.

      • Unless your name is Theresa May, you’re not allowed to decide that.

      • susanpub

        Some people are so bitter about this. For what reason?

      • Lily Mathers

        You really are nasty. You probably are a sick racist who hates that she has a black Mother! Good thing the royal family is better than you!

  • Lee44444

    How about gold-digger?

    • She has a personal net worth of $7 million, so she’s not exactly short of the necessary. Sure, Harry has $40 million, but once someone’s in that particular family business, there’s not much to spend it on. There’s residences galore available in the Crown Estate, plus personal properties of his relatives such as the Queen and his father, who own land in Montana – but given Harry’s personal residence now, he’s not exactly a person who’d put up with wild spending: he lives on the grounds of Kensington Palace, a Crown Estate property which also houses HRH the Duke (and Duchess) of Cambridge, HRH the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, HRH the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Harry and will probably move to posher accommodations in the same palace once they’re completed – but, being part of the Crown Estate, it’s not something to dig gold from.

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