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Meghan Markle will have to change her WHOLE name if she marries Prince Harry - here's why

Mirror logo Mirror 22/09/2017 Emmeline Saunders

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Meghan Markle may have spent the last 36 years building up her career, family and friendship group - but she'll have to go by a completely different name if she becomes part of the Royal Family.

Meghan and Prince Harry have been dating for almost 18 months, and speculation is rife that an engagement announcement is imminent.

The pair have been getting close ever since last June, when they were introduced by mutual friends in London.

Meghan shared Instagram pictures of herself at Buckingham Palace and in the royal box at Wimbledon during her trip, but no-one twigged they were together until October 2016.

Credits: PA © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: PA Now it seems a proposal could be coming very soon as the couple are thought to be making their first official appearance together at the Invictus Games - Harry's own project - in Toronto tomorrow.

While they've both separately acknowledged their relationship in interviews (and in Harry's case, a blistering Kensington Palace statement warning the Press to give Meghan some space), they've never been seen together in an official capacity in public.

If they do make their debut tomorrow in Meghan's adopted hometown, an engagement may be just around the corner.

Credits: Peter Lindbergh exclusively for Vanity Fair © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Peter Lindbergh exclusively for Vanity Fair And in that case, Meghan will have to take a brand new name upon marriage, much as Kate Middleton did when she wed Prince William in 2011.

While she'll keep her own first name for informal situations, Meghan could be known in the public sphere as Princess Rachel of Wales.

Her full name is Rachel Meghan Markle, but she goes by her middle name for her work on Suits and other acting jobs.

Harry's surname is Wales, after his dad Prince Charles' royal title, meaning Meghan will follow in his mum Diana's footsteps and become the first Princess of Wales since her death in 1997.

Credits: WireImage © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: WireImage The title skipped over Kate and William, who became the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge on their wedding day.

Harry and Meghan, who are unlikely to ever become king and queen given that Harry is now fifth in line for the throne after William's children George and Charlotte, may also be given extra titles on the day they marry, as is royal tradition.

As well as his dukedom, William was given Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus when he tied the knot. His uncles Prince Andrew and Prince Edward were also handed more titles on their own wedding days.

Meanwhile, as proposal chatter reaches fever point, Harry is thought to have met Meghan's parents to gain their approval.

It's also reported that he has introduced his girlfriend to his family earlier in the year, and she'd been accepted as his significant other.

Related: Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appear together at Invictus Games? (Provided by Today)

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