Meghan Markle's Latest Appearance Bewilders Fans as They Question the Use of a Royal Title

Laura Beatham
Dec 15, 2020
09:15 A.M.
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Meghan Markle made a surprise appearance in the form of a speech on the behalf of CNN heroes, which sparked a debate on whether or not she still had her "Duchess of Sussex" title.


A debate surrounding Meghan Markle's title sparked after CNN Heroes posted a video of Markle saying a speech in honor of those who have been most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

This is Markle's first appearance since the actress shared her heartbreaking and moving written account of her miscarriage in the New York Times in November.


In the video, Markle is standing in the garden of her and Prince Harry's Californa home. She is wearing a pretty beige long-sleeved blouse and had a smokey eye makeup look.

Markle honored people who have been most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, explaining that for many families across the country the effects of the pandemic have been catastrophic, she continued to say,

"But in the face of this devastating reality, we also saw the power of the human spirit and the remarkable ways that communities respond in challenging times."


The sentiments of the video were met with support as many Twitter users replied to the video with red heart emojis and other tokens of appreciation, however, the video did spark an argument on whether Markle is still a Duchess.

A few users questioned whether she was still the Duchess, however, some users were more adamant that she is no longer a Duchess. Many others were keen to set the record straight on the matter.

Members of the royal family received their title from the Queen on their wedding day.


Prince Harry and Markle announced in January 2020 that they would no longer be working in their roles of "Senior Royals". It was agreed that the couple would be able to pursue a personal income but would not carry out engagements on behalf of The Crown.

One user replied to the video of Markle's video speech to honor those who have worked hard to make ends meet due to the coronavirus, straightforwardly that,

"She isn't a duchess anymore!"


However, this is not the case as the couple kept their titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex after being released from their roles as senior members of the royal family.

Rather they will no longer be using the titles of Her and His Royal Highness and the couple may not use "royal" within their personal branding anymore, for example, "The Royal Duke and Duchess of Sussex."


Members of the royal family received their title from the Queen on their wedding day. In 2018, when the Sussex's were married, Queen Elizabeth gave her grandson the title of Duke of Sussex.

So although the question of Markle's title received much attention, and will probably continue to be questioned by royal followers, she is the Duchess of Sussex as she is married to the Duke.

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