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Meghan Markle’s Title After Her Wedding to Prince Harry Won’t Be Princess

Teen Vogue logo Teen Vogue 5/16/2018 Kim Quindlen

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle are posing for a picture © Chris Jackson/Getty Images When the world watches Meghan Markle marry Prince Harry on May 19th, we will witness her officially becoming a member of the royal family. Many fans already have their alarms set and their viewing parties confirmed to watch the royal wedding live on BBC America as it takes place at St. George’s Chapel (coverage starts at 4 a.m. EST, so get ready).

And while there has been nonstop speculation about the dress, the guest list, and several other details of the royal wedding, many people are also wondering what Meghan Markle’s new title will be once she becomes a royal. Today, Meghan’s groom-to-be is almost always referred to as Prince Harry, or more formally, His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales (as Harry’s formal name is Henry Charles Albert David). But following the protocol from the royal wedding in 2011 when Kate Middleton married Prince William, many are assuming that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be granted new royal titles at some point during their wedding ceremony. Meghan’s future sister-in-law received the title of Duchess of Cambridge on the day of her nuptials, which went along with the dukedom that the Queen granted Prince William.

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So although we will all probably want to start calling her Princess Meghan as soon as possible, Meghan's marriage to Prince Harry will not actually make her a princess – only women who are born into the royal family (like Princess Charlotte) officially hold that title. It’s much more likely that Meghan will become a duchess just like Kate, as long as Harry is granted a dukedom on their wedding day like William was. Many are speculating that the vacant Dukedom of Sussex is being reserved for Harry, in which case Meghan’s official title would become Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex.

If you were hoping for a ‘princess’ title, there is a small silver lining: although Meghan will never be a princess in her own right, she can still technically be referred to by the ‘Princess’ title if it’s in reference to her husband, as in – Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales. But official title or not, in the eyes of the people who are already so enchanted by her, she will probably (unofficially) be known as Princess Meghan the minute the world sees her on May 19th.

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