Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have just announced their engagement – and here’s what we know about the Royal nuptials so far.
The pair became engaged in London earlier this month and have now announced that they will tie the knot in Spring 2018.
Although Meghan will become a princess by marriage, by marrying Prince Harry, she will not be entitled to be styled as Princess Meghan.
According to the Royal rules, to have princess as a title before your first name is an honour reserved, only for women who are born into the Royal Family.
That’s why Princess Charlotte is a Princess because of her father’s royal status, but Kate Middleton became Duchess of Cambridge, because she married into the Royal family.
When Meghan marries Harry, she will have to take the feminine version of his title and be known as Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Henry of Wales.
However, if Harry is created a Duke upon his marriage, which is very likely considering Prince William was, Meghan would become a Duchess.
“Meghan would be HRH the Duchess of Sussex,” Royal historian Marlene Koenig told Royal Central.
“Her rank would be a princess by marriage of the United Kingdom, Great Britain and Northern Ireland.”
This is similar to The Duchess of Cambridge who is not Princess Catherine, but is entitled to use the feminine version of her husband’s title which is HRH Princess William of Wales.
As for the surname, Harry uses Wales – the geographical area over which his father holds title, but Mountbatten-Windsor, the name of the Royal House, can also be used when necessary.
If the couple decide to have children while the Queen is still alive then the young royals will be given the titles Lord or Lady and the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.