Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Now Duke And Duchess Of Sussex

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The Queen bestowed the dukedom on her grandson this morning, with his wife-to-be automatically becoming a duchess to his duke.

Prince Harry was also given Scottish and Northern Irish titles, becoming the Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.

As the fountain of honour in the UK, the Queen has the sole right of conferring all titles of honour, including life peerages, knighthoods and gallantry awards.

A statement said: “The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.
“Prince Harry thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Ms. Meghan Markle on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.”

There has only been one previous Duke of Sussex, Prince Augustus Frederick, the sixth son of King George III and Queen Charlotte.
He had the title conferred upon him at his birth in 1801.

However, his two children did not inherit the title because both his marriages were in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act, as his father did not approve of the women’s standings, making the children illegitimate.

Like Harry, he married for love rather than choosing a bride of royal lineage.

Because neither of his marriages were approved by King George III, there has never been a Duchess of Sussex before, meaning Meghan is the first.

Notably, the first Duke of Sussex was appointed Governor of Windsor Castle in 1842 by his niece, Queen Victoria, who said he was her favourite uncle.

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