Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle can never be known as ‘Princess’ because of this strict royal rule

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle is a Princess of the royal family but she can never technically be known as Princess Meghan.

To understand why Meghan Markle can never be known as ‘Princess,’ we need to delve into the intricacies of British royal titles and the rules that govern them.

In the British royal family, titles are not simply a matter of formality; they carry significant historical and constitutional weight. The hierarchy of royal titles is structured in a way that reflects the line of succession and historical lineage.

At the top of the hierarchy is the reigning monarch, who holds the title of ‘King’ or ‘Queen.’ Direct descendants of the monarch, such as Prince William and Prince Harry, are given the title ‘Prince’ or ‘Princess’ by birthright. In Meghan’s case, she became a ‘Duchess’ upon her marriage to Prince Harry, with the formal title of ‘Duchess of Sussex.’

Meghan’s title as ‘Duchess of Sussex’ was conferred upon her by Queen Elizabeth II upon her marriage to Prince Harry. She also has a lesser-known title following her marriage to the Duke of Sussex – Princess Henry of Wales- a name given to her in reference to Prince Harry’s name at birth, Henry.

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However, the key distinction lies in the fact that ‘Princess’ is not a title that is typically used for wives of princes in the British royal family. Instead, they assume the female form of their husband’s titles. In Meghan’s case, her formal title is ‘Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.’

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Although Meghan Markle is a Princess of the royal family, she can never technically be known as Princess Meghan as a stringent rule reserves this only for those born into the royal family. If Meghan were to receive the title of Duke of Sussex, she would instead be known as Princess Henry. This rule also applies to Kate Middleton who cannot be officially known as just Princess Kate.

When Kate Middleton married Prince William, she also received his title but chose not to use it. Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz, who goes by Princess Michael of Kent, is the only woman who chose to use her official title and is known as Princess Michael of Kent after marrying Queen Elizabeth’s cousin in 1978.

Earlier, Princess Michael faced criticism when she wore a ‘Blackamoor’ brooch, which typically depicts an African or non-European male as a servant during her first meeting with Meghan Markle. This comes as Meghan Markle listed her occupation as “Princess of the United Kingdom” on a document for Sussex Royal, her former UK charity, UK media reports claimed.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children Archie and Lilibet were given prince and princess titles earlier this year after much speculation according to the George V Convention, the grandchildren of the monarch are supposed to receive these titles which means that after the queen’s passing, Archie became a prince.

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