MEGHAN MARKLE became the Duchess of Sussex after marrying Prince Harry in 2018. But along with her new royal title, did Meghan keep hold of the surname Markle?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had a beautiful wedding at St George’s Chapel, Windsor in 2018. Prior to her marriage, Meghan had a successful career as an actress on the hit legal drama, Suits, making ‘Meghan Markle’ a household name in the US. But since her marriage, Meghan and Prince Harry have been known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
On their wedding days, the Queen usually bestows a new royal title upon members of her family.
Kate Middleton and Prince William became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge upon their wedding day in 2011.
Similarly, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson became the Duke and Duchess of York, while Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones became the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
Meghan Markle title: Is Meghan’s surname still Markle after marrying Prince Harry? (Image: GETTY)
Meghan Markle title: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry married in 2018 (Image: GETTY)
After her wedding in 2018, Meghan stopped using the surname of Markle and was introduced as the Duchess of Sussex at formal events.
Technically, like other royals, Prince Harry does not have a surname.
This is also the case for Harry’s father Prince Charles, and his brother Prince William.
Meghan Markle title: Meghan had a successful career as an actress prior to marrying Prince Harry (Image: GETTY)
Meghan Markle title: Harry and Meghan are no longer senior royals (Image: GETTY)
Harry’s full name is His Royal Highness Henry Charles Albert David Duke of Sussex, according to his son Archie Harrison’s birth certificate.
Meghan’s full name is now Rachel Meghan Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex.
But now Meghan and Harry are no longer senior royals, it is not currently clear how the couple will choose to be titled in the future.
There has been some suggestion the couple will choose not to use their titles now they are no longer completing royal engagements.
While completing their final round of royal engagements in March, Prince Harry asked only to be introduced as Harry before his speaking slot at an eco-tourism event.
Similarly, Meghan told British Vogue editor Edward Enninful to call her Meghan rather than Duchess in a video shared on Instagram earlier this year.
Despite leaving senior royal life behind, Meghan and Harry are still entitled to be called the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
However, the couple will no longer be using their His and Her Royal Highness titles (HRH), as they will not be completing royal engagements on behalf of the Crown anymore.
Meghan Markle title: Meghan and Harry with their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor (Image: GETTY)
Those in the Royal Family who carry HRH titles do not legally require a last name.
But if it is required, they can use the surname of Mountbatten-Windsor, which stems from Prince Philip’s surname and the royal house of Windsor.
The Royal Family website explains: “The Royal Family name of Windsor was confirmed by The Queen after her accession in 1952.
“However, in 1960, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh decided that they would like their own direct descendants to be distinguished from the rest of the Royal Family (without changing the name of the Royal House), as Windsor is the surname used by all the male and unmarried female descendants of George V.”
Potentially Meghan could use this surname in the future, as it is also the surname given to her son upon his birth in 2019.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK