Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s engagement was announced, the nation has been in a state of anticipation. Rumours have circulated around almost every aspect of their wedding and relationship and numerous questions have been asked. Who will design the wedding dress? Will Prince William be best man?
But the question on everyone’s lips is: what will the couple’s new titles be post-nuptials?
Traditionally, Queen Elizabeth II grants every royal union a set of new monikers and it is widely believed that Her Majesty will bestow the couple the sparkly new titles of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
However those aren’t the only titles the pair will receive. They’ll also be given a set of Scottish titles.
When Kate Middleton and Prince William wed back in April 2011, the couple were granted the titles of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. But they were also honoured with separate Scottish monikers, the Earl and Countess of Strathearn.
While Prince Andrew was given the title of Earl of Inverness on his wedding day and Prince Charles is known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland.
According to several reports, it is likely that Harry and Meghan will take on the title of the Earl and Countess of Ross.
Co-editor of Peerage and Baronetage, Wendy Bosberry-Scott told The Press and Journal, “The Scottish title Prince Harry receives is likely to be an earldom but there are very few clues here.”
She continued: “One potential candidate is Ross, but this was last held by Charles I – who was executed in 1649 – so it may well be considered unlucky. Dumbarton is another possibility but, at this point, it is merely speculation and many factors will have to be considered before a suitable title is chosen.”
And one of the most quintessential factors that Her Majesty must take into account, is the fact that Prince Harry’s new moniker needs to be in fitting with other members of the family’s rank. For instance, his title cannot be more highly regarded than his brother, Prince William’s.
Paul Petrie of McBookie.com told Royal Central: “This might seem like a bit of royal pass-the-parcel but actually a lot of thought and research goes into bestowing a title.”
He continued, “There is history and prestige behind each one and the Queen will be advised on what is the best fit for the couple and no doubt have her own ideas too.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new titles will be announced on their wedding day by Her Majesty so we’ll just have to wait and see.
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