A commoner no more, Meghan Markle has just received her new royal title from Queen Elizabeth II. Today marks the royal wedding between Markle and Prince Harry, and just hours before they're set to walk down the aisle, Kensington Palace announced what the couple will hence forth be known as. Drumroll, please...
Following their royal wedding this morning, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The Queen made the announcement early this morning, according to People. Harry also received the Scottish title of Earl of Dumbarton, as well as Baron Kilkeel, which will be used in Northern Ireland. “The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel,” Kensington Palace revealed in their official statement.
“Prince Harry thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Ms. Meghan Markle on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.” Fun fact: Meghan Markle will reportedly be the first woman in history to have this particular title!
Sorry every other royal wedding guest, but the Queen just put you all to shame with this one-of-a-kind gift—titles are just something you can't pick up in a department store. Luckily, the ever-gracious Meghan Markle and Harry have requested charitable donations to be made in lieu of wedding gifts, which will definitely take the pressure off those looking for a wedding gift that'd compete with the Queen's.
There was much speculation that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. "They're quite limited in the titles that are available," genealogist Charles Kidd previously told The Daily Mail. "The Duke of Sussex is the front-runner without any doubt." Looks like the rumors were true!