Meghan Markle to be made ‘Duchess of Sussex’ after royal wedding to Prince Harry
Meghan Markle will become a member of the Royal Family when she marries Prince Harry on 19 May at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. But what will the royal couple’s new titles be?
Just weeks away from her big day, Ms Markle will have her royal name bestowed upon her as she makes her transition from “commoner” to “royal”.
Traditonally the Queen bestows titles on royal wedding days – in 2011 she made Prince William and the then-Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Speculation is mounting that Meghan could be named the first Duchess of Sussex with the Duke of Sussex seen to be a likely choice for Prince Harry.
George III’s sixth son Augustus Frederick, the former Duke of Sussex had two unlawful marriages which were disapproved by his father, meaning that Meghan would be the first to hold the title of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.
Meghan’s full name is Rachel Meghan Markle, but Kensington Palace has repeatedly referred to her as Meghan, suggesting it is unlikely she will revert back to the name “Rachel” after her wedding day.
The status of “Duke originates from the Latin word “dux” and is the highest ranking in British peerage.
The most prestigious titles in order for men are: duke, marquess, earl, viscount – and for women: duchess, marchioness, countess, viscountess and baroness.
And the options for the dukedom to choose from reportedly include: Clarence, Connaught, Windsor, Albany, and Cumberland and Teviotdale.
Charles Kidd, editor of Debrett’s Peerage & Baronetage said he was certain the Queen would appoint Prince Harry the title Duke of Sussex.
He said: “They’re quite limited in the titles that are available.
“The Duke of Sussex is the front-runner without any doubt.”
The former Duke of Sussex, Augustus Fredrick’s father, George III disapproved of his first marriage to Lady Augusta Murray because she was a commoner.
In 1793, Prince Augustus Fredrick married her secretly in Rome and then again in England.
Because he did not have his father’s permission, his marriage was considered invalid and disrupted the Royal Marriages Act 1772, which was then ceased in 1794.
The pair had two children but separated shortly after.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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