With news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are finally engaged, the world is eagerly awaiting the next royal wedding early next year.
But, if you were hoping for Princess Meghan to join the British royal family, you may end up being bitterly disappointed.
You see, while her rank will be princess, this is only by marriage. So we can’t go around calling her ‘Princess Meghan’ after their wedding – just like we can’t call her future sister-in-law ‘Princess Kate’.
Rather, her title will be Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales.
Because, in case you missed it, Harry’s birth name is not at all Harry. It’s Henry.
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As for the surname, Harry uses Wales – the geographical area over which his father holds title – though Mountbatten-Windsor, the name of the Royal House, is used when necessary.
Meghan Mountbatten-Windsor? Meghan Wales? Rolls off the tongue, right?
But just to add to your confusion, Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales won’t be her only title.
If Harry is, as predicted, made the Duke of Sussex when he is married, Meghan will be known as Her Royal Highness Duchess of Sussex.