Post-royal wedding, this is how we should all refer to Meghan Markle…
Meghan Markle might be marrying a prince, but that doesn’t automatically make her a princess.
In fact, it has now been confirmed that the Suits star will officially be known as the Duchess of Sussex following her royal wedding on Saturday.
Announcing the news in a statement, a spokesperson from Kensington Palace wrote: “The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.
“Prince Harry thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Ms. Meghan Markle on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.”
As reported by multiple outlets, the only previous Duke of Sussex was married twice, but neither marriages were considered lawful by his father George III.
This means that Meghan is the first woman to lawfully use the title, HRH The Duchess of Sussex.
Of course, it was always expected that the Queen would bestow a title and dukedom upon her grandson, as it’s kind of… well, it’s kind of her thing at weddings.
When Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot in April 2011, Her Majesty decided to skip the gift registry’s suggestion of a toaster and opted straight for a dukedom: as such, they’re now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
And, while making Kate and Meghan duchesses might seem like the Queen’s way of stopping any ‘commoners’ getting their Cinderella moment, it is actually her way of allowing them to maintain their own identities.
For example, if the Queen hadn’t had given Harry a peerage, he would have kept his title HRH Prince Henry of Wales, and Meghan would have been styled as HRH Princess Henry of Wales.
All hail, Duchess Meghan!