Meghan Markle is engaged to Prince Harry. The couple made their relationship official earlier this month, according to Clarence House, and they plan to tie the knot in the spring. An official wedding date has not been revealed by Kensington Palace at this time.
“His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month. Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle’s parents. The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace,” Clarence House said in a statement on Monday.
Markle, best-known for her role on Suits, will be marrying into the royal family and will be given a royal title (along with her husband) by Queen Elizabeth II on her wedding day. Many people are wondering if Markle will become a princess after she and Harry exchange vows, however, Markle won’t instantly become a princess just because she marries her prince. According to Express UK, Markle’s title will technically be HRH Princess Henry of Wales (as opposed to Princess Meghan) after she marries Harry, but the Queen will ultimately decide what royal titles her grandson and his new wife will receive.
“According to Royal expert Imogen Lloyd Webber, [Markle] will not immediately become Princess Meghan because you can’t become royal through marriage,” The Sun reports.
It is more likely that Prince Harry and Markle will be named Duke and Duchess, not unlike Prince William and Kate Middleton (they are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge).
“Most insiders believe that if the Queen hands him a royal dukedom, like Prince William received, Prince Harry will be made the Duke of Sussex on his wedding day. That would make Meghan the Duchess of Sussex,” People Magazine reported on November 27.
This seems to be the going consensus at this point.
“Meghan would be HRH the Duchess of Sussex. Her rank would be a princess by marriage of the United Kingdom, Great Britain and Northern Ireland,” Royal historian Marlene Koenig explained.
If Prince Harry and his new bride decide to start a family together, it is likely that their children could be given the title of prince and/or princess, just as William and Kate’s children (they have Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2). However, it’s also possible that they could be known to the world as Lord or Lady of Mountbatten-Windsor.
“In 1960, the Queen decreed that any descendants that were not princes or princesses would carry the name Mountbatten-Windsor, to reflect Prince Philip’s surname,” Express UK reports. “In 2012, she issued letters patent allowing all children of the Prince of Wales’s eldest son (currently Prince Williams) to be styled as prince or princess, rather than just the eldest son,” the site added.
Rumor has it, Markle will be leaving Suits after Season 7, and she will be moving to London, where she and Harry will build their lives together. She will have royal duties, just as her future sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, and will be making many more formal appearances with Prince Harry in the coming months (and years).