Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Etiquette of Royal Titles

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their newborn son, Archie Harrison - photo source Instagram

Why the Duchess of Sussex is not referred to as “Princess Meghan”

Since marrying Prince Harry in May last year, Meghan's official title has been Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales.

But the rules governing royal titles forbid the Duchess of Sussex from adopting the name Princess Meghan.

This is because tradition dictates that only those with royal blood are allowed to put 'prince' or 'princess' in front of their first name.

For example, the daughters of Prince Andrew are known as Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice because they are in the line of succession, rather than marrying in to the Royal Family.

Diana was given the title Princess of Wales as a courtesy but was never afforded the name 'Princess Diana' despite being referred to in this way by most of the public.

Similarly, Marie Christine Anna Agnes Hedwig Ida von Reibnitz - formally titled Princess Michael of Kent after marrying Prince Michael - is not called Princess Marie Christine. – Source The Daily Mail

Etiquette Enthusiast, Maura J Graber, is the Site Editor for the Etiquipedia©️ Etiquette Encyclopedia

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