A few hours before Meghan Markle walked down the aisle to marry Prince Harry at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday, May 19, the royal family announced the official titles Queen Elizabeth II would be giving to her grandson and his bride.
“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 official announcement read. “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.”
According to reports, there has been only one other Duke of Sussex. Way back in 1801, the title was bestowed upon Prince Augustus Frederick, the sixth son of King George III. There has never been a Duchess of Sussex before Meghan Markle.
Markle’s new title is not unlike the one given to her sister-in-law Duchess Catherine. When Kate Middleton married Prince William in 2011, she became known as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.
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