Meghan Markle Losing 'Duchess' Would Give Her a 'Princess' Title Instead, History Expert Claims
British historian Kate Williams recently explained that Meghan Markle would receive the "Princess" title in its place if she were to lose her title as "Duchess of Sussex."
British historian Kate Williams shared on Twitter that critics' demand of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to drop their titles would elevate their status, which lessens the reason for dropping them altogether.
"Harry's title of Prince cannot be removed," Williams tweeted. "Thus if they were no longer Duke and Duchess, they'd be Prince and Princess. Which would, one might argue, be even more appealing on the world stage."
Williams, a history professor at the University of Reading, provided further details in a series of tweets. She explained that Markle's title would be Princess Henry of Wales, based on her marriage to Prince Harry.
"She does not use it now due to the Sussex titles. But if the Sussex titles removed, she would be quickly called in general speech Princess Meghan or indeed Princess Meghan of Wales," Williams added.
Cries to remove titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex from Harry and Meghan. But Harry’s title of Prince cannot be removed. Thus if they were no longer Duke and Duchess, they’d be Prince and Princess. Which would, one might argue, be even more appealing on the world stage..— Prof Kate Williams 💙 (@KateWilliamsme) May 16, 2021
The move would be wrong considering all others who kept theirs and would ultimately backfire, Williams said. But still, she contended it is needed following Harry's claim that Prince Charles didn't have a happy childhood.
One insider with access to the Queen said that title changes would not be up for discussion.
William concluded that albeit Harry and Markle already returned the Frogmore money, military titles, and patronages, the desire to punish the couple remains, though it may end up logistically impossible.
On a recent podcast with Dax Shepard, Harry echoed comments he made in the Oprah Winfrey interview, which seemed critical of Charles and the Queen, reinforcing calls for him and Markle to lose their titles.
Harry and Markle spoke with Oprah Winfrey last March, wherein no subject was off-limits. Then it was reported that courtiers were considering stripping their Duke and Duchess of Sussex title.
One insider with access to the Queen said that title changes would not be up for discussion. However, the insider mentioned that palace discussions would take place regarding the interview.
Markle's pen name is given on the front cover as: "Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex." However, royal author Angela Levin said this is not a good idea since she wants to distance herself from the Royal Family.