Since last year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been happily reenacting their own take on the royal rom-com The Prince and Me, and as Life & Style reported, the redheaded royal and the actress announced their engagement to everyone’s delight on Monday, Nov. 27. Royal protocol dictates that, as fifth in line to the throne, the prince had to seek permission from his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, to marry Meghan, which Clarence House confirmed happened in an official statement. They also acknowledged that the 33-year-old “sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle’s parents.”
Once the duo heads down the aisle, they 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.
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 an official title for Harry’s mother (she was actually Diana, Princess of Wales).
It is believed 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.”
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 is assumed that Sussex has been kept for Harry. If you need us, we’ll be picking out our hat for the royal wedding…
This post was written by Katie Rosseinsky. It originally appeared on our sister site, Grazia Daily.