When Meghan Markle marries Prince Harry at St. George’s Chapel on May, 19, she will officially become a member of the royal family. And just like her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, before her, she will likely be given a royal title on the day of her nuptials.
When Kate married Prince William on April 29, 2011, she received the title of Duchess of Cambridge to go along with the dukedom William was granted by Queen Elizabeth. It’s expected that Harry and Meghan will acquire titles in a similar manner at some point in their ceremony. However, exactly what those titles will be is still up in the air.
Here are a few royal titles that could go in front of Meghan Markle’s name after the royal wedding.
What is Prince Harry’s last name?
Before we talk about Meghan, let’s first get to the bottom of what exactly Prince Harry’s last name is.
Henry Charles Albert David, familiarly known as Prince Harry, was born to Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, on Sept. 15, 1984. Harry was born into the House of Windsor and his last name is technically Mountbatten-Windsor—as is the case for all royals who are descended from Queen Elizabeth II through the male line.
However, last names are typically only used by members of the royal family without titles, meaning Mountbatten-Windsor is pretty much never tacked onto Harry’s name.
During his time at school and in the military, Prince Harry was known simply as Harry Wales, a surname that derived from his father’s official title. Today, he is typically referred to as Prince Harry, or more formally, His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales.
What will Meghan Markle’s title be after she marries Prince Harry?
Meghan Markle’s marriage to Prince Harry will not make her a princess, as only women that are born into the royal family, like Princess Charlotte, hold that title. Instead, Meghan will become a duchess if Harry, as is tradition, is granted a dukedom on their wedding day. It’s speculated that the vacant Dukedom of Sussex has been reserved for Harry. In that case, that means Meghan’s official title will be Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex.
However, despite the fact that Meghan will never be a princess in her own right, she may still be referred to by the royal title in reference to her husband, i.e., HRH Princess Henry of Wales.
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Source:: Time – World