The announcement of Prince Harry’s engagement with Meghan Markle had set tongues wagging.
The world will eagerly wait to see what title Queen Elizabeth would bestow on the bride once she ties the know with the former’s grandson on May 19, 2018.
There are speculations that Harry will most likely be made a Duke and Markle a Duchess.
When their engagement was announced in November 2017, there were many facts that were presented by the media.
The Guardian said that the British press termed the relationship ‘scandalous’ for a number of reasons – Markle is divorced, she is older, and that her mother is ‘visibly back, with dreadlocks.’
These details came to light and were discussed because she was engaged to Harry, fifth in line to the British throne, according to the publication.
The New Yorker said that Harry could perhaps be made the Duke of Sussex as there are limited titles available.
Charles Kidd, the editor of Debrett’s Peerage & Baronetage added that the other titles were highly unlikely, for instance, Clarence has not been used for a long time since it is considered that it would bring him bad luck.
The last Duke of Clarence was executed by his own brother, while another Duke, Prince Albert Victor, a grandson of Queen Victoria, was involved in a gay-prostitution ring scandal. He later died of influenza after he was engaged to Princess Mary of Teck.
The title of Duke would be a sort of ‘promotion’ for Prince Harry. The official announcement referred to Harry as ‘Prince of Wales’, which is a formal designation of the sons of Prince and Princess of Wales, Charles and Diana.
According to The Lord Chamberlain’s Order of 1520, mentions that the Duke takes the first position and his wife becomes a Duchess.
A title of ‘Duchess’ should not be a surprise, as it is not the first for a person of color to be part of the Royal Family.
The Guardian said that there have been Africans throughout Europe since the Roman times. Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III, may have had some African heritage.
Another instance is Queen Philippa, wife of Edward III, who was described as having broad nostrils and a wide mouth, and as being ‘brown of skin all over.’
Markle, who has spoken about both positive and negative experience of being a person of mixed identities, is proud of her heritage. It is only to be seen the stance the Royal Family would take in the modern world.