Prince Harry has officially announced his engagement to American actress Meghan Markle.
Harry proposed to Meghan Markle while roasting chicken in their cottage on a romantic evening about a year and a half after they first met. But despite Harry being a prince, Meghan will not marry into the title “princess.”
Even though the American actress is now going to be part of the British royal family, she still can’t officially become a proper princess, now or ever. Most likely, she’ll be a duchess, perhaps Duchess of Sussex.
This comes as a complete disappointment to those American’s excited about a “princess for the new generation,” but will not stop them calling her “Princess Meghan” until the end of time.
According to CNN’s Max Foster, once Markle is married, she takes Harry’s title and name — as in, his literal name. Her title will be Princess Henry of Wales, plus any other title the Queen might choose to bestow (Henry is Harry’s real name).
Luckily for her, however, she won’t have to bear the title Princess Henry. Royal historian Marlene Koenig told Royal Central the prince is probably in line for a dukedom, and if Harry is named a duke once he’s married, like his brother William was, Markle would be a duchess like her sister-in-law Catherine.
By tradition, male members of the Royal family receive a title from the monarch on their wedding day, and the vacant title Duke of Sussex is regarded as the most likely choice for the Prince.
The only previous Duke of Sussex was married twice, but neither of his marriages was approved by his father, George III, meaning they were considered unlawful.
This means that Meghan Markle would be the first woman entitled to use the title HRH The Duchess of Sussex, which is, quite frankly, better than being entitled Princess Henry of Wales for the rest of her life.
But despite the fact that being a duchess is still just as good, Hollywood wanted a princess “for the new generation.”
“She represents everything that our world is striving for: breaking down of class barriers, breaking down of racial divisions and she’s just going to be such a beautiful representation of that and I think a good thing for the Royal Family going forward,” said Marlise Borland, host of LA’s The Anglophile Channel.
Any future Royal Bride would be a great topic of interest, but this a woman who has built an acting career, a social media brand and a reputation for humanitarian and advocacy work: she has enormous celebrity power herself. Get ready for Princess Henry of Whales, or the more likely Duchess of Sussex, to break celebrity media.