Is a royal wedding really on the way?! Will there be another Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress to fawn over? Will Prince Harry's sister-in-law—a.k.a. the Duchess of Cambridge—add "bridesmaid" to her list of royal duties?! OMG. Deep breaths, everyone... It seems like the world is pretty much expecting Prince Harry to propose to his sweetheart, actress Meghan Markle, and become the next royal to walk down the aisle. We certainly wouldn't be complaining. In fact, we already know what we'd wear to watch the nuptials (on live TV, of course). But it begs the question, what exactly will Markle's royal title be if she were to say "I do" to Prince Harry? Will this American actress become a legit princess? Will Markle have to take princess lessons from the queen? Do we have a Princess Diaries situation on our hands?
Well, as it turns out, if Markle decides to wed Prince Harry she technically wouldn't be a princess according to People magazine's royal expert Imogen Lloyd Webber, as reported by Cosmopolitan.
Apparently, one simply can't become royal through marriage. Wait, what?
Ever wonder why Kate Middleton goes by the Duchess of Cambridge instead of Princess Kate? Yep, that's why. In fact, even Princess Diana was never actually Princess Diana. And similarly, if Kate's hubby were to one day take the throne, she would receive a title akin to Diana's, making her the "HRH The Princess of Wales" if Prince William were to ever rule.
But like her late mother-in-law, Kate wouldn't technically be a true princess—even with the title.
Because of this princess technicality, Cosmo reports that when it comes to Markle, she would become known as—drum roll, please...—"Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales" if she were to tie the knot with Prince Harry.
Then, if her hubby opts to take further nobility upon marriage, Markle's title would become something similar to Kate's. For instance, royal historian Marlene Koenig of The Royal Musings blog reports that Harry might eventually adopt the title of the Duke of Sussex (just like how his big bro is now the Duke of Cambridge), making Markle the Duchess of Sussex. Phew!
Best of luck making sense of all that, Princess Meghan—uhh sorry, we mean Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales...