When Prince Harry ties the knot with Meghan Markle in just a few months, Queen Elizabeth will bestow new royal titles upon the newlyweds (just as she did for Prince William and Kate Middleton, who became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after they married in 2011). So far, we’re guessing Harry and Meghan will become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, though that’s yet to be confirmed by Buckingham Palace.
The new title most likely won’t be the only new honors the couple receives to mark the happy occasion. There’s a royal precedent for the queen to grant separate Scottish titles to the couple. William and Kate, for example, are the Earl and Countess of Strathearn, and Prince Andrew is Earl of Inverness. As well as being Prince of Wales, Harry and William’s father, Charles, is the Duke of Rothesay.
Picking a title depends on a number of factors, including a consideration of which dukedoms and earldoms are currently available, and of the respective ranks of other members of the royal family. The queen usually waits until the day before a wedding to announce the couple’s new titles, so we’ll be kept guessing a little while longer.
“The Scottish title Prince Harry receives is likely to be an earldom, but there are very few clues here,’ Wendy Bosberry-Scott, the co-editor of Debrett’s Peerage and Baronetage, told The Press and Journal (via Royal Central). “One potential candidate is Ross, but this was last held by Charles I — who was executed in 1649 — so it might be considered unlucky.” The Ross title was also used by Lord Darnley, the husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, who was strangled in 1567.
“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,” she added, referring to a currently extinct title.
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