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March 30, 2018

A small detail on Meghan and Harry's wedding invitation may be insulting for the star bride

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The way Meghan Markle is described in the official invitations for her Wedding to Prince Harry is not the same than that of Kate Middleton when she was about to marry Prince William. Why is this?

People have noticed a detail in the way soon-to-be royal Meghan Markle, 36, has been addressed in the official invitations to her wedding to Prince Harry, 33, to take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018, according to Express.

The invitations have been released in early March and they were shared in social media through the official Kensington Palace Twitter account. There is a subtle detail in the invitation that most have missed but a few people have considered offensive to Markle.

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Apparently, the choice of words in the invitation could be pointing out to the fact that Markle is a divorcee, an acknowledgment that some might see as rude.

It is just one word but it means a different treatment for Markle that the one that Kate Middleton, 36, had when the invitations to her 2011 wedding to Prince William, 35. It took an expert royal commentator to understand what this could actually mean. 

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‘His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales KG KT requests the pleasure of the company of [insert guest name] at the marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales with Ms. Meghan Markle,’ is part of the text of the invitations.

To some, describing the L.A. born former actress as ‘Ms. Meghan Markle’ could be a subtle way to denote the fact that Markle was married and divorced before her engagement to Harry.

Markle was married for two years to film producer Trevor Engelson, 41, before the two signed their divorce in 2013. That information is hardly news to anyone after months of intense media scrutiny to Markle, especially since the engagement was announced.

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But where some people see an uncomfortable reminder of Markle’s marital status, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams sees a ‘sign of the Royal Family moving with the times,’ because to him, the ‘Ms.’ was used as a respectful and modern gesture for Markle.

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‘It is also appropriate as Meghan is a feminist. The use of Ms is a contemporary way of avoiding using Mrs or Miss. I think it certain that this is also something Meghan would have approved of,’ Fitzwilliams told Independent.

In contrast to this, Middleton, nowadays the Duchess of Cambridge, was described as ‘Miss Catherine Middleton’ on her wedding invitations from 2011.

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