Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got engaged in November last year, we’ve been trying to find out everything and anything about their wedding.
Who is going to design Meghan’s dress? Where will the wedding take place? Who will walk the bride down the aisle? What will the Queen wear? Why isn’t Meghan having her best friends as her bridesmaids? Will Kate attend when the wedding is SO close to her due date? Why has Harry not yet asked Will to be his best man?
The questions are numerous.
However, what we do know now is what Meghan Markle will likely change her surname to once she’s married Prince Harry.
Meghan’s full name at the moment is Rachel Meghan Markle, but once she ties the knot, she will become Rachel Meghan Mountbatten-Windsor. Quite a mouthful, we know.
It’s common for descendants of Queen Elizabeth to carry the name Windsor as well as Mountbatten, reflective of Prince Philip’s surname. Queen Elizabeth made the change in surnames used in 1960, according to the official royal website.
‘In 1960, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh decided that they would like their own descendants to be distinguished from the rest of the Royal Family, as Windsor is the surname used by all the male and unmarried female descendants of George V. It was therefore declared in the Privy Council that the Queen’s descendants, other than those with the style of Royal Highness and the title of Prince/Princess, or female descendants who marry, would carry the name of Mountbatten-Windsor.’
It is also likely that the Queen will grant Harry a royal dukedom on his wedding day, which will give Harry and Meghan the titles of Duke and Duchess – most likely of Sussex.
Yep, all a tad confusing we know. Good luck filling out all the paperwork for your move over there, Meghan.
Via Marie Claire UK