Members of the Royal Family have hugely important official titles and styles that date back centuries, and it is no different today.
When she married Prince Harry in May 2018, Meghan Markle became the Duchess of Sussex, the Countess of Dumbarton and Baroness Kilkeel. But in recent years, there has been much discussion over whether the couple should be allowed to use their Duke and Duchess titles as they are no longer working royals.
If Meghan were to lose her use of the title, she would be able to use another style – but it would be sure to have many people scratching their heads, according to a royal expert.
Speaking to The Royal Beat, Ingrid Seward, Editor in Chief of Majesty Magazine, claims she doesn’t believe the couple will lose the titles. She said: “I don’t think anything will happen to the titles because, if they lose their titles, Harry is still a prince of the blood and Meghan instead of being the Duchess of Sussex, [would] be Princess Henry… That really would [confuse the Americans]. I think [it’s] probably best just to leave it because it looks unkind, it looks unnecessary. The Queen gave them the titles, let them keep them – they’re going to be ‘H and M’ anyway. I think the best thing is to leave them, ignore them, and let them get on with it – which is really what the Palace and the Royal Family are doing.”
When he was born in 1984, it was announced that King Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales had named their second son Prince Henry Charles Albert David – but that he would be known as ‘Harry’ on a daily basis. By marrying a prince, Meghan can take a princess title but only with her husband’s name. The same applies to the Princess of Wales, who was technically Princess William as well as the Duchess of Cambridge when she first joined the royal family in 2011.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the couple did not wish to deny their children of their birth right as they confirmed they would be known as Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet. However, before this move, there was also said to be many discussions over a possible title for Archie – which was allegedly refused over because of his parents’ fears.
In line with royal tradition, Archie was entitled to be styled using his father’s subsidiary title of the Earl of Dumbarton. But according to a report in The Telegraph, the new parents didn’t want their son to be known by a title that contained the word ‘dumb’. The report says: “They didn’t like the idea of Archie being called the Earl of Dumbarton because it began with the word ‘dumb’ [and] they were worried about how that might look.” A second source added that it wasn’t just Meghan’s concern, but that it “also bothered Harry.”