Royal review after Meghan 'given title of divorced woman'

Rhiannon Mills, royal correspondent

Sky News has been told by palace sources they are continuing to review how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be referred to in the future.

It comes after it appeared Meghan was given the style or title of a divorced woman.

On Saturday, it was said the couple would be referred to as Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex now that they will no longer use the rank of His or Her Royal Highness.

But the problem relates to the comma, because in the past only divorced women in the family have been styled that way - for example Diana, Princess of Wales and Sarah, Duchess of York.

Buckingham Palace has now told Sky News they believe that was said erroneously and they will be confirming in due course how the couple will be styled.

Sky's events commentator Alastair Bruce said: "The palace [on Saturday] made an announcement about what the duke and duchess were to be called.

"But it inadvertently gives all the wrong messages because, in convention, the style suggested is the one adopted to express divorce.

"As a result, this will be revisited and I'm sure that the expert, called Garter King of Arms, can provide advice.

"What had been suggested was 'Meghan, Duchess of Sussex' but placing the first name and comma before the title is the template for a divorced wife.

"As an example, Harry's mother was styled after her divorce as 'Diana, Princess of Wales' and the same format applies, post-divorce, to 'Sarah, Duchess of York'.

"I fear that eight years giving advice to Downton Abbey makes me eagle-eyed for such things."