Why Meghan will never be a real princess

Eliza Velk
Junior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

The royal wedding is almost upon us meaning Meghan Markle is about to fulfil the ultimate fairy tale: marry a prince and become a princess.

Only that’s not quite right.

When it comes to nabbing that princess title, it’s sadly not as simple as marrying into the family.  

Meghan Markle will only claim princess status, rather than be a true princess. Source: Getty

According to the royal rules, in order to be a real princess, you have to be born into the role, as Kate Middleton’s daughter Princess Charlotte was.

What this means is Meghan won’t technically become ‘Princess Meghan’ after she weds Prince Harry on May 19, and she never will, simply because she doesn’t have royal blood.

Meghan will take on Harry’s title, becoming “Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales”. Source: Getty

However, while she may not be a real princess, she will still hold the status as one, as she will adopt Harry’s rank becoming, “Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales.”

It’s exactly what happened when Kate Middleton married Prince William in 2011.

After their wedding Prince William and Kate became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Source: Getty

And just as Kate and Wills were granted additional titles of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, royal experts assume the Queen will also grant Prince Harry a Dukedom, making Meghan a Duchess.

The running favourite is that Harry and Meghan will become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but Clarence and Buckingham are also in the mix of available options.

I bet you’re thinking, what about Diana? Why was she called a princess?

Princess Diana was not considered a real princess either, as that is a birth right. Source: Getty

That’s where it’s complicated.

When Diana married Prince Charles, he was a prince twice over; firstly he was born one, and then in 1969, he was also made the Prince of Wales, which became his major title.

Diana and Charles held the titles of The Prince and Princess of Wales. Source: Getty

Therefore, just as Kate took on her husband’s more important title of Duke and became a Duchess, Diana adopted Charles’ title, becoming Princess of Wales.

But again, she was not technically a ‘real’ princess as that is a right only by birth or officially granted by the Queen as in the case of Prince Philip.


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