Now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are just about married, it has been officially announced that the former actress adopted an awesome new royal title. In fact, both Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, received new royal titles — meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex! “This morning it was announced that Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will become known as Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” the royal family shared on the morning of May 19.
Remember when Prince William and Kate Middleton were announced as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after their marriage back in April 2011? That was an exciting day, to say the least. Royal historian Marlene Koenig recently told Royal Central that in the UK, a wife automatically takes on her husband’s target — but Meghan won’t become Princess Meghan. Instead, she said she would be HRH Princess Henry of Wales, which doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. Princess, after all, is a title reserved for those born into the British monarchy, so while Princess Charlotte, Princess Eugenie, and Princess Beatrice have it, Kate does not. Similarly, “Princess Diana” was never really an official title (she was actually Diana, Princess of Wales).
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In fact, Koenig predicted these would be their titles months before the wedding. “Most likely, he will be created a Duke. Sussex is available so [Meghan] would be HRH the Duchess of Sussex,” Koenig explained. “Her rank would be a princess by marriage of the UK, Great Britain, and Northern Ireland.” The title of Duke of Sussex was last held by Prince Augustus Frederick, the sixth son of King George III, and has not been claimed since his death in 1843. It was rumored that William would receive the title upon his marriage, but since he became Duke of Cambridge instead, many assumed that Sussex would be kept for Harry. We love their new monikers!
Parts of this post were written by Katie Rosseinsky. They originally appeared on our sister site, Grazia Daily.