When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement, many people in the United States were enormously excited and said they could not wait to see the American actress officially become a princess.
Most people in the royal family have titles and some family members have several. Sometimes it can be quite confusing. Prince Harry, for example, is not known as just a prince. He also has the titles Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Kate Middleton also has different titles. She is not only known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge but also as Countess of Strathearn in Scotland, and people in Northern Ireland call Kate Lady Carrickfergus.
That’s a lot to keep up with, and many royal fans don’t know for sure if one of the newest members, Meghan Markle, is a princess or a duchess. Let’s put it all together.
Diana was a princess
As we know, Diana was not a bleeding member of the royal family. She became royalty when she married Prince Charles, but she was officially called Diana, Princess of Wales. More often we just call her Princess Diana.
Why aren’t her daughters-in-law called Princess Kate and Princess Meghan? It is because Diana’s father, John Spencer, has inherited a title. He was known as Earl Spencer, which meant that Diana was then called Lady Diana Spencer until her marriage when she then became the Princess of Wales.
What is a duchess?
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Being a duchess is a great honor, something that very few people experience during their lifetime. For the past year or so we have gone from calling one of our favorite actresses, just Meghan, or Meg to Duchess Meghan for short. Prince Harry became a duke on his wedding day, making Meghan a duchess as his wife. A duke is someone who has the highest rank in the monarchy, except the king or queen himself.
What does it mean to be a princess?
This is where it gets a bit more complicated. Since Prince Harry is actually a prince, shouldn’t Meghan Markle be a princess? It is stated on the birth certificate of Little Archie Harrison that Meghan is a “Princess of the United Kingdom”.
However, it is important to remember that this is her profession. To be an official princess, Meghan should be a direct descendant of Queen Elizabeth II. Because she is the wife of a prince, her title is mentioned as Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales, but since she is not royal blood, she is called Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex.
Is Archie a prince?
The royal protocol that dictates whether someone is a prince or a princess makes many fans wonder if baby Archie is officially a prince. After all, he is a direct descendant of the queen and his cousins, George, Charlotte and Louis, his princes and a princess.
Harry and Meghan chose not to give their son a royal title, at least not at the moment. When Archie’s grandfather, Prince Charles, becomes king, it is possible that Archie could assume the title of prince. As the son of Prince Harry, who is not directly in front of the throne, Archie was not automatically a prince at birth, but the Queen had chosen to give him a title if that is what everyone wanted. So, for now, he’s just baby Archie Harrison, who has a cute face.
Meghan Markle may not be an official princess, but that does not make us love her less. We must say that it is an important honor to be called a duchess, of which Meghan is certainly proud.