Why we won’t call Meghan a ‘princess’ like Diana

Bianca Soldani

When Meghan Markle marries her Prince Charming Harry, she’ll take on a new name, and it won’t just be ‘Mrs Windsor’.

As tradition dictates, the Queen will bestow the newlywed couple with new titles to celebrate their marriage.

There have been loud whispers that the 36-year-old will take on a title similar to her sister-in-law Kate, and be known as the Duchess of Sussex from the 19th of May onwards, but the new monikers won’t stop there.

Meghan will probably take on a duchess, countess and princess title when she marries Harry. Photo: Getty

In Scotland, the newest member of the royal family will likely go by another name, and the current top pick from the bookies is that Meghan will be known as the ‘Countess of Ross’ while Prince Harry will be the ‘Earl of Ross’.

Another alternative is that they be referred to as the ‘Earl and Countess of Dumbarton’, which may be a more favourable option after the last Earl of Ross - King Charles I – ended up being executed for treason.

Kate and Wills, who we also know as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are called the Earl and Countess of Strathearn in Scotland, meanwhile Prince Charles and Camilla go by the Duke and The Duchess of Rothesay.

In Scotland, she will likely be known as Countess Ross or Dumbarton. Photo: Getty

Interestingly, Meghan will also take on a ‘Princess’ title when she marries Harry, but she won’t be ‘Princess Meghan’.

Instead, her official title will be ‘Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales’, because women marrying into the royal family take on the title of their husband, and Harry’s official name is actually Henry.

Likewise, Kate Middleton adopted the title of ‘Her Royal Highness Princess William of Wales’ back in 2011, but her preferred name is the ‘Duchess of Cambridge’.

Diana took on Charles' more importance 'Prince of Wales' title when they married. Photo: Getty

Unlike Diana, we don’t call her ‘Princess Kate’, and it seems the same will continue for Meghan. The reason we use the ‘duchess’ title is because it actually holds more weight.

Being a royal duke/duchess, is actually higher on the social ladder than being a mere prince/princess, believe it or not.

“While Catherine is absolutely a princess, her correct title is ‘Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge,’” royal expert Victoria Arbiter told Yahoo Style about the precedent with Kate.

Kate is a princess, but we don't call her that because being a royal duchess is a bigger deal than a being princess. Photo: Getty

“She wasn’t born a blood princess, so she is not a princess in her own right. When she married William, she took on the rank of her husband, a royal prince. However, referring to her as ‘Princess Kate’ is simply incorrect.”

So why did everyone call Diana “Princess Di”? The answer comes back to Charles.

At the time he married Diana, he was already a prince twice; firstly because he was born one, and then because in 1969, he was made the Prince of Wales – which was the more important title of the two.

The Queen will given Meghan and Harry new names on their wedding day. Photo: Getty

Therefore, just as Kate took on her husband’s more important title of Duke, Diana adopted Charles’ title of Prince.

To make things even more confusing in Meghan’s case, she was actually born with the moniker Rachel – just like her character on Suits – so we may see vows asking ‘do you Henry take Rachel’.

Either way, it seems likely that Meghan will become a duchess, countess and a princess when he wedding day rolls around, but we'll probably only refer to her as 'Duchess Meghan'.

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