Queen Elizabeth got Prince Harry and Meghan Markle the ultimate wedding gift – brand new royal titles for the couple. ThKensington Palace has announced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 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 has always been regarded as the most likely choice for the Prince. Meghan will now be most commonly referred to as the Duchess of Sussex — though technically since she is married to a prince, she is a princess, she won’t be given an official princess title.

After the couple says “I do,” Harry and Meghan will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Prince Harry was also given the titles of Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel, which will be used in Scotland and Northern Ireland, respectively. “The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel,” the palace said in a statement. “Prince Harry thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Ms. Meghan Markle on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.”


As speculations were arising months before their wedding, Sussex was widely assumed to be the dukedom that the Queen would choose for her grandson and his new bride. Sussex was also one of only two dukedoms available for Harry. The other was the Duke of Clarence.

The New York Times

At Prince William‘s wedding in 2011, royal watchers were speculating on what title he’d get after marrying Kate Middleton. He was given Cambridge, leaving just two options for the Queen to choose from for Prince Harry and his bride.

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