PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle will walk down the aisle in weeks – but what will that mean for the bride’s name?
The couple, who got engaged last year, will exchange views at St George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19.
But despite the former Suits star marrying her prince, it is unlikely she’ll be known as Princess Meghan.
Instead, it is believed that both she and Harry will be given the Duke and Duchess of Sussex title.
Technically, Meghan could use the Princess title after she ties the knot, although as it’s through marriage she would probably be styled as HRH Princess Henry of Wales – using her husband’s official title.
And there is speculation that Meghan may ditch her first name altogether.
As her real name is actually Rachel, she may decide to start using this when she becomes a married woman.
Royal commentator James Brookes told Express.co.uk: “With regards to the title, the Dukedom of Sussex has had a lot of attention.
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“There’s no reason that Harry and Meghan can’t take the title. It’s not been used since the mid 19th century, and it only had one holder.
“Prince Augustus Frederick – King George III’s sixth son – was Duke of Sussex from 1801 until he died in 1843.
“His marriage was classed as invalid, so the children he had were illegitimate and couldn’t take the title.
“The backstory of a rocky wedding might make it a little unpleasant or awkward for Harry and Meghan by association, but it’s a bit far-fetched to think they wouldn’t have it because of that.”
He added: “In terms of Meghan’s surname, when she marries and becomes Her Royal Highness, she won’t have to use one.
“As soon as she’s married, I think we’ll start to see Meghan just use her first name when she’s signing visitors books, condolence books, wreaths, etc.”