BY MAHALIA CHANG
Hint: it won’t be ‘Princess Meghan’
In the few months they’ve been together, Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle’s relationship has gone from 0 to 100 pretty quick (or, as Drake might say, real quick). After going from the occasional casual outing, to staying at Kensington Palace, Meghan and Harry are looking smitten. We shouldn’t be surprised then, that engagement rumours are already swirling.
But one question on everyone’s tongue—apart, of course, from ‘when is he gonna pop the question?’—is: will Meghan get a title if they get married?
Short answer: most likely!
If the two do indeed get married (and they can, if you were wondering; there aren’t any standing rules against a royal prince marrying a Catholic divorcée), Meghan will automatically take the feminine version of Harry’s current standing title. As he is ‘His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales’, Meghan will be ‘Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales’. (And, yes, Kate is technically ‘Princess William’.) This means she won’t be ‘Princess Meghan’ (although that definitely won’t stop the press from calling her that).
Upon marriage, Harry will probably be bestowed with a Dukedom, like his big brother who was given the Dukedom of Cambridge. If Harry does get one (he could also probably just get an Earldom, depending on how generous Queen E is feeling), Meghan will share that title, post-wedding. Example: If Harry is given the Dukedom of Sussex (which royal-watchers think he definitely will get, although, the duchies of Clarence, Oxford, Cumberland and Buckingham are also options), then Meghan will be ‘HRH Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex’.
“Most likely, he will be created a Duke. Sussex is available so [Markle] would be HRH the Duchess of Sussex. Her rank would be a princess by marriage of the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and Northern Ireland,” Royal historian Marlene Koenig explained.
Her last name, of course, will have to be dropped.
And, if we are going down that road of thought, then Harry and Meghan’s potential children—if there are any—will also have that title in their names. But they would likely not be Princesses/Princes until Prince Charles becomes king, as the 1917 Letters Patent states that the royal title continues down the male inheriting line (which is William’s, not Harry’s). Prince Harry is the brother of the heir to the heir, so if his children are born before Charles becomes king, they will be ‘John of Sussex’ or ‘Jane of Clarence’, rather than ‘Prince John’ or ‘Princess Jane’.
This article originally appeared on www.elle.com. au