How Camilla's title affected why Meghan and Kate aren't referred to as 'princess'

Danielle Stacey
·Royal Correspondent

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Meghan Markle became a member of the Royal Family when she married Prince Harry on May 19, 2018.

The couple were given the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex by the Queen on their wedding day.

Similarly, when Kate Middleton tied the knot with Prince William on April 29, 2011, they officially became known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

So, why aren’t Kate and Meghan referred to as princesses?

One of the reasons could be because of Camilla Parker Bowles.

Kate and Meghan on Christmas Day at Sandringham [Photo: Getty]
Kate and Meghan on Christmas Day at Sandringham [Photo: Getty]

CNN royal contributor Victoria Arbiter explains on Yahoo UK‘s ‘The Royal Box’ that although Camilla legally is Princess of Wales, she took the title of the Duchess of Cornwall when she married Prince Charles in 2005 – out of respect to the late Princess Diana.

Historian Kate Williams adds: “That’s why it’s Duchess’ throughout the Royal Family – because she [Camilla] is a Duchess.”

Williams also explains why there’s such a big debate about Camilla’s future title when Charles becomes king: “There has not been an official notification, and Charles has said in a few interviews, he used the word queen, it’s obviously more Charles’ expectation and wish that she would be queen, but at the moment the official line is that she’ll be princess consort.”

Arbiter thinks the Duchess of Cornwall will be Queen consort when the time comes.

She says: “I don’t think Charles will stand for her being anything less.”

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