British Queen Makes Titles: Harry and Meghan Wedding
The British Queen Elizabeth II has announced this morning which titles Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle will receive in a few hours after their yes-word. Harry is appointed Duke of Sussex, Count of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Meghan becomes a duchess.
It means that after the marriage Harry will henceforth go through life as His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex. His wife goes from American actress to Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex. With the Duchy of Sussex, the future bride and groom will receive the queen’s already expected the gift.
Meghan will never be allowed to use the official title ‘Princess’. According to the rules of the British crown, only those who were born directly into the royal family may bear that title. Diana, the mother of William and Harry, formed an exception to that. She was given the title ‘Princess of Wales’, but that was only because her husband Charles is the ‘Prince of Wales’.
One of the other titles that Meghan does get is Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales, the name of Harry. However, it will not be used very often in practice, because the couple will be addressed as duke and duchess.
What title Harry would receive at his marriage has been speculated for years. The Duke of Sussex was a favourite, which means that Meghan may already call himself the Duchess of Sussex. The previous Duke of Sussex married twice, but both marriages were illegal because his father George III did not approve them.