Why Meghan Markle will never be a princess
She might have married a Prince and became a full-time member of the royal family, but that doesn’t make Meghan Markle a Princess.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have just become husband and wife, and fans are wondering if she can now be referred to as Princess. However, the former actress will not be a Princess because she is not a bloodborne royal, as reported by BBC.
Royal custom dictates that to become a Princess, one must either be born the daughter of a Prince or become a Prince’s wife. But marrying Prince Harry won’t technically make Meghan a true Princess, thanks to Prince Harry’s position in the royal line-up.
Harry’s mom, Diana, was given the title Princess of Wales, a courtesy title held by the wife of the Prince of Wales. But she was never formally referred to as Princess Diana for the same reason.
Typically, family members are given the titles of Duke and Duchess, but the Queen can choose to bestow more than one title.
Once Prince Charles becomes King of England, Prince William will become “Prince of Wales,” making Kate the “Princess William of Wales.” But because Harry is currently sixth in line for the throne, he will probably remain just a Duke.
The rules for William and Kate's children meant that only Prince George would have been a Prince and his younger sister, Princess Charlotte, would have been Lady Charlotte Mountbatten-Windsor.
However, the Queen intervened when Kate was pregnant with George in 2012 and issued a new patent to alter the fact that only the first-born boy could be a Prince. And that is why the sweet little Charlotte is officially a Princess.
It stated: "All children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of royal highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour."
The Duchess of Sussex's full name is Rachel Meghan Markle, but was announced as Meghan by Buckingham Palace, which she will be using as her official name for royal proceedings.
Although Meghan will never be a Princess in her own right, she can still technically be referred to by the ‘Princess’ title if it’s in reference to her husband, as Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales.
Prince Harry chose a Hollywood actress to be his wife, but it is not uncommon for members of the Royal Family to marry someone 'without royal blood.' In 1986, Prince Andrew Duke of York exchanged vows with Sarah Ferguson.
She was never known as a Princess, instead only referred to as the Duchess of York. Their daughters, Eugenie and Beatrice, were born into the Royal Family, and carry the titles Princess of York.
However, Harry and Meghan's children, if they have any while Elizabeth II is on the throne, will not be HRHs or Princes or Princesses, but will be known instead as Lord or Lady (forename) Mountbatten-Windsor. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa.