Introducing the Duchess of Sussex! The title Meghan Markle is expected to take when she weds her prince (and Harry WON'T lose his place in line to the throne because she's a divorcee)

  • Meghan is expected to become a Duchess after the couple are given dukedom?
  • The title of Sussex ?is likely as it has not been filled by a royal since 1843
  • The title of 'princess' is only bestowed on those who are born into royalty?
  • Meghan's status as a divorcee won't pose a threat to Harry's royal status
  • Charles and Camilla - both divorcees - set a precedence when they wed in 2005?

In April 2011, Kate Middleton walked into Westminster Abbey and walked out as the Duchess of Cambridge.

And following the announcement of Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle, many royal fans will be wondering what title the actress will take on.

While many would presume that Meghan would take on the title of Princess having married a Prince, this is not the case.

Meghan will not be addressed as Princess Meghan - an honour reserved for women, like Princess Charlotte, born into the Royal Family. A possible title for Meghan would be HRH Princess Henry of Wales.

It is likely that the couple will, like Kate and William, be awarded a dukedom by the Monarch on the occasion of their wedding, with?Vogue?reporting that the newlyweds will become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.?

It is likely that the Queen will grant the couple a dukedom and Sussex is a likely title for the pair having not been in the royal family since 1843.?

Meghan's status as a divorcee also throws a potential hurdle (she divorced producer Trevor Engelson in 2013) but there's precedent for royals marrying divorcées, with both Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker Bowles divorced before they tied the knot in 2005.

Meghan Markle is expected to become a Duchess when she marries fiance Prince Harry with a princess title only given to those born into royalty?

Meghan Markle is expected to become a Duchess when she marries fiance Prince Harry with a princess title only given to those born into royalty?

Under the British Monarchy, the Prince or Princess title is only given to those who are born into royalty, meaning that if Meghan and Harry were to have children they would be referred to as princes and princesses.?

The same went for Kate and William at their wedding six years ago with Wills adding Duke to his own title after the Queen granted the couple with a 'dukedom'.

Kate is only bestowed the royal title in reference to her husband known as Princess William, and once he inherits his father's title she can then be referred to as Princess of Wales.

The same goes for Meghan and Harry. The 36-year-old US actress may be referred to as HRH Princess Henry.

It is likely that the Queen will grant the couple a dukedom and Sussex is a likely title for the pair having not been in the royal family since 1843

It is likely that the Queen will grant the couple a dukedom and Sussex is a likely title for the pair having not been in the royal family since 1843

Have all eyes on you like Meghan in sunglasses by Finlay & Co.

A superstar actress and a prince engaged. It really is the stuff of fairytales, isn't it?

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made their first public appearance together at the Invictus Games in Toronto, and what did the Suits star wear for such a big occasion? She kept it casual in a white shirt by Misha Nonoo (appropriately named 'The Husband') and some Mother Denim jeans, which she accessorized with an Everlane bag, Sarah Flint shoes and these eye-catching sunglasses.

They're by Finlay & Co., a brand whose famous fans include Cat Deeley, Sienna Miller, Pippa Middleton and Jessica Alba. We love the tortoiseshell effect and flattering round shape of these sunnies, which you can buy now by clicking the link (right). Not only will they be your best friend on holiday, but they'll hide any signs of jet lag or a late night back home too.

Or if you want to shop around a bit before you buy, our edit below is the place to go. Urban Outfitters has really have outdone themselves with these $18 frames!

* PRICES MAY NOT BE AS ADVERTISED
Meghan will not join the line of succession (the current places pictured) as marrying into royalty does not earn you a right to the throne?

Meghan will not join the line of succession (the current places pictured) as marrying into royalty does not earn you a right to the throne?

It is likely that the couple will too be awarded a dukedom by the Monarch on the occasion of their wedding with Vogue reporting that the newlyweds will become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The magazine reports that the county of?Sussex has not been filled since 1843, making it a strong candidate for the couples new title.??

Prince Harry is currently fifth in line to the throne and will move down to sixth when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome their third baby, expected to arrive in April.

However, while marrying Harry will give Meghan a royal title she will not join the line of succession.??

Marriage to a royal does not put you in line to the throne and you are in only if you have succession rights in your own right.

For example, Prince Philip is in Line of the Succession in his own right, as descendant of Queen Victoria.?

WHAT TITLES WILL THEIR CHILDREN BE GIVEN??

Any children born to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be a lord or lady, not a prince or princess - unless the Queen steps in.

Titles within the royal family were limited by Harry's great-great-grandfather King George V, who issued a Letters Patent in 1917.

It read: '...the grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of Dukes of these Our Realms.'

This means Harry and Meghan's children, should 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.

However, the Queen could issue a new Letters Patent to change this - just as she did for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's children.

George was always entitled to be HRH Prince George of Cambridge as the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales. But HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge would have been Lady Charlotte Mounbatten-Windsor.

In December 2012, when Kate was around three months pregnant, the Queen issued a Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm declaring 'all the 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'.

A Letters Patent was granted in 1948 just before the Prince of Wales's birth because the 1917 decree excluded Princess Elizabeth's children from taking a royal style and title.

The Princess Royal's children, Peter and Zara Phillips, who do not hold titles, were Master and Miss Phillips when they were born. They were not entitled to be HRHs under the 1917 decree as they were born down the female line.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex's children, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn, are actually entitled to be a princess and prince as children of the son of the Sovereign.

But Edward and Sophie decided, with the Queen's agreement, that their children would use the courtesy titles of sons or daughters of an earl rather than the style prince or princess.?

Meghan's status as a divorcee also throws a potential hurdle (she divorced producer Trevor Engelson in 2013) but there's precedent for royals marrying divorcées

Meghan's status as a divorcee also throws a potential hurdle (she divorced producer Trevor Engelson in 2013) but there's precedent for royals marrying divorcées

The history of some of the dukedoms Prince Harry could be given by the Queen on his wedding day

The first and only Duke of Sussex was Prince Augustus, sixth son of King George III.

Suffering from asthma, he was deemed too delicate to join the military. He was sent abroad and married Lady Augusta Murray - whom he called 'Goosy' - in secret in Rome in 1793.

But the marriage was declared void by George III, who had not given his approval. It was later annulled on the grounds that it contravened the Royal Marriages Act 1772.

The prince became the Duke of Sussex in 1801. Lady Augusta did not become the Duchess of Sussex. She called herself princess and demanded a peerage, but never received one.

The duke's political views - such as backing parliamentary reform and the abolition of the slave trade - sparked a rift between him and his father and brother, the Prince Regent.

The duke's second marriage was to Lady Cecilia Underwood, ninth daughter of the Earl of Arran.

This was also deemed illegal because he did not seek permission from the king, so Lady Cecilia was not styled the Duchess of Sussex. She was later made the Duchess of Inverness by Queen Victoria instead.

This means Meghan Markle could become history's first Duchess of Sussex, if Harry accepts this title from his grandmother.

The Duke of Sussex was Victoria's favourite uncle and he gave her away at her wedding to Prince Albert.

He was musically gifted, had a fine singing voice, and amassed a huge library, a variety of singing birds and a large number of clocks.

His children from his first marriage were not recognised so when he died without a legitimate heir in 1843, his title became extinct.

The Queen's youngest son Prince Edward had been expected to be given the title the Duke of Sussex when he married in 1999, but in a surprise move he received an Earldom linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex.

THE DUKE OF CLARENCE

King William IV (1765-1837) held the double title of Duke of Clarence and St Andrews before he acceded the throne. He was also known as the 'Sailor King' for his love of the sea and career in the Navy, which began at the age of 13.

He was good-natured but could also be boorish and was fond of practical jokes, and swearing.

He was also dubbed 'Silly Billy' for his rambling speeches. From the early 1790s until 1811, William lived with his mistress, the actress Dorothy Bland, who went by the stage name Mrs Jordan. She bore him 10 children, who took the surname FitzClarence.

He later married Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen after being encouraged to produce an heir. She became the Duchess of Clarence and later Queen Adelaide. His reign, which began in 1830, saw the passing of the Reform Act of 1832.

He died on 20 June 1837, without any surviving legitimate children and was succeeded by his niece, Queen Victoria.

The official London residence of Prince Harry's father the Prince of Wales is Clarence House.

It was built for William IV when he was the Duke of Clarence following his marriage to Adelaide. He remained there as king and lived there until his death.

Another Duke of Clarence - this time the Duke of Clarence and Avondale - was Prince Albert Victor (1864 -1892), known as 'Eddy'.

He was Queen Victoria's grandson and the eldest son of King Edward VII, but died in his late twenties before he could accede to the throne.

Eddy was linked to a gay brothel scandal and was also a suspect in the Jack the Ripper murders, although this claim has been discredited.

The 1st first Duke of Clarence was Lionel of Antwerp, the third son of Edward III, who was given the dukedom in 1362, and the 2nd Duke of Clarence was Thomas of Lancaster in 1412, second son of Henry IV. Both died without male heirs.

In 1461, the 3rd Duke of Clarence - George Plantagenet - was given the title at the age of 11. But he was later imprisoned in the Tower of London. He was executed for treason by his elder brother Edward IV, apparently by drowning in a butt of malmsey wine.

WHERE DOES THE TITLE DUKE COME FROM?

The title duke comes from the Latin 'Dux' meaning 'a leader'.

It is the highest rank in British Peerage. The Queen is also the Duke of Lancaster, while the Prince of Wales is the Duke of Cornwall.?

The comments below have not been moderated.

The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.

We are no longer accepting comments on this article.