After tying the knot in May 2018, the royal couple was pronounced the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. To this day, they also hold official prince and princess titles—and they always will.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Carriage
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Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said their I dos back in May 2018, fans of the royal family have followed their ever-evolving love story as the now-Duke and Duchess of Sussex. While the couple has stepped down from their roles as senior royals in the last couple of years, they will always hold the same royal titles in their lives. Markle has used her duchess title since tying the knot and after moving to the United States with Prince Harry, particularly on the website for their nonprofit, Archewell. However, she is still a princess, too, according to royal experts.

"Of course Meghan is a princess," Marlene Koenig told Insider. "She would be styled as Princess Henry if Harry did not have a Dukedom." Prince Harry was given his Duke of Sussex title on his wedding day by Queen Elizabeth. Plus, Markle and Prince Harry are both Prince and Princess of the United Kingdom, no matter their status as senior members of the royal family.

The royal couple listed their "prince" and "princess" titles as their occupations on the birth certificates of their children, Archie and Lilibet. The same goes for other members of the royal family: Prince William and Kate Middleton also listed "prince" and "princess" as their jobs on their kids' birth certificates.

The duke and duchess will always be able to use their royal titles since the duke is the son of Prince Charles, who is next in line for the throne. This makes it his "birthright" to use royal titles, along with his wife of four years. "The Queen made the decision to honor Harry by making him a royal duke on his wedding day. He is, and will always be, a prince—given he is the second son of the heir to the throne," Robert Jobson, a royal editor at the Evening Standard, previously told Insider.


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