Since last year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been happily re-enacting their own take on the royal rom-com The Prince and Me, and according to the latest reports, Harry could be getting down on one knee very soon, following the couple’s public debut at the Invictus Games in Toronto.
Should Harry be considering getting hitched to Meghan, royal protocol dictates that, as fifth in line to the throne, the prince must seek permission from his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. Once he (hopefully) receives the royal green light and heads down the aisle, both Harry and his future wife will most likely receive new royal titles — remember when Prince William and Kate Middleton were announced as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after their marriage?
Royal historian Marlene Koenig told Royal Central that in the UK, a wife automatically takes on her husband’s title — but Meghan would not become Princess Meghan. Instead, she would be HRH Princess Henry of Wales, which doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue (and might not fit on the Suits credits…) Princess, after all, is a title reserved for those born into the British monarchy, so while Princesses Charlotte, Eugenie, and Beatrice have it, Kate does not. Similarly, “Princess Diana” was never really an official title (she was actually Diana, Princess of Wales).
It is much more likely that Harry will receive a peerage upon his marriage. “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 United Kingdom, Great Britain, and Northern Ireland.”
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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, it has been assumed that Sussex will be kept for Harry. If you need us, we’ll be picking out our hat for the royal wedding…
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This post was written by Katie Rosseinsky. It originally appeared on our sister site, Grazia Daily.
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