Thanks to the complicated protocol for awarded royal titles, there have been various reports as to just what Meghan Markle’s official title will be after she marries Prince Harry on May 19th. We know her husband-to-be is a Prince but we were never sure if that title would extend to his future wife. After all, we know that when Prince William married Kate Middleton, she became the Duchess of Cambridge, not Princess Catherine.
So what are the rules for the next son of the Prince of Wales as he enters into Holy Matrimony with his beloved Meghan? We can now reveal that the matter has been decided and we will do our best to break it down for you.
Meghan, who hails from Los Angeles, California, is definitely a “commoner” in the eyes of the Crown, but, when she ties the knot with Prince Harry in just a few days, she will leave behind her former 'Hollywood ways' for the Royal life in a kingdom across the pond.
Now here’s the complicated part: she WILL be a princess, at least according to her official title, but it’s not in the traditional sense we all think of.
The Daily Star is reporting that “the moment she and Harry say 'I do' she will go from Rachel Meghan Markle – her full name – to 'Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales.'"
Before you start getting upset that the beloved Kate Middleton has been slighted by this announcement, it might surprise you to know that Meghan's title is no different from Kate's. Most commonly referred to as "the Duchess of Cambridge" she, in fact, is also known as "Her Royal Highness Princess William of Wales." It may be official, but I completely understand why we don't use it!
Here’s the 'fine print' of that particular honor: Prince Harry's bride “won’t be officially known as ‘Princess Meghan’ – as only those born into the Royal Family are bestowed that privilege.” (Like Princess Charlotte, below)
So, in a nutshell, Meghan will become a Princess to her Prince, Harry, but she will never be called that in any public appearance or any official capacity. It is a widely-held belief that Harry will be given a Dukedom once they are wed, and at that time, Meghan will be a Duchess to Harry’s Duke.
“And that title is the Duke of Sussex – a title that has been reserved for Harry – which will see his bride become known as the female equivalent, ‘Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.’
Just to throw a monkey wrench into the works, there was one notable exception to the “born-into-it” rule for princesses: and that is, of course, the beloved Diana, Princess of Wales. How that happened, however, is a story for another day!
For another explanation of this confusing royal rule, watch the video, below.