Meghan Markle is not only a duchess, but also a princess — and royal experts say that won't change thanks to Prince Harry

Meghan Markle became Princess of the United Kingdom in 2018 when she married Prince Harry.
She is still considered a princess after stepping down from her royal duties and moving to the United States.
This is unlikely to change as the royal title is Prince Harry's birthright.
Meghan Markle became Duchess of Sussex and Princess of the United Kingdom when she married Prince Harry on May 19, 2018.
But Markle only uses her title as Duchess regularly. For example, Archewell's website refers to her as the Duchess of Sussex, a charitable organization she founded with Prince Harry after she stepped down from royal duties.
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Still, it wouldn't be wrong to call her a princess. Tyler Perry, a close friend of the Sussexes who allowed them to stay at his Los Angeles home in 2020, referred to Markle as "Princess Meghan" in a social media post marking her Aug. 4 birthday.
“I've had a front row seat in your life for the last few years. I've seen you endure things that would have broken many people," Perry wrote.
"I am so incredibly proud to see how happy you, your husband and your children are now. It fills me with joy to say Happy Birthday to Princess Meghan," he added.
Markle will always be a princess of the United Kingdom
Though Markle left royal life and moved to the US in 2020, she's still considered the Princess of the United Kingdom — and that's unlikely to change anytime soon, according to royal commentators.
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"Of course Meghan is a princess. She would be referred to as Princess Henry if Harry didn't have a duchy," royal historian Marlene Koenig told Insider, referring to Harry's title of Duke of Sussex, which the Queen bestowed on him when he married Markle.
Markle and Harry in their wedding carriage on May 19, 2018. Aaron Chown/WPA Pool/Getty Images
The couple is still the Prince and Princess of the United Kingdom, even if they don't use the titles on a daily basis. For example, in May 2019, they listed "prince" and "princess" as their occupations on their son Archie's birth certificate. They listed the same on the birth certificate of their daughter Lilibet, who was born in California on June 4, 2021, after the couple stepped down from royal duties.
The same titles apply to Prince William and Kate Middleton, who also listed their occupations as Prince and Princess of the United Kingdom on their children's birth certificates.
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Markle and Harry said they would stop using their HRH titles when they step down from royal duties in Spring 2020. They made no such promise to stop using their other titles, even as some British public figures urged the Queen to move Harry from his duchy in September 2020.
The couple with their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor in South Africa in 2019.Toby Melville - Pool/Getty Images
Royal commentators previously told Insiders that Harry and Markle would not lose their titles as it is the Duke's "birthright" as the son of Prince Charles, the heir apparent.
"The Queen made the decision to honor Harry by making him Royal Duke on his wedding day. He is and always will be a prince - assuming he is the heir apparent's second son," Robert Jobson, royal editor of the Evening Standard, previously told Insider.
Katie Nicholl, a royal biographer, previously told Insider: "I think it would be highly unlikely that the Queen would strip Harry of his title. It is his birthright.”
It's also worth noting that other non-working royals, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice and Lady Sophie Windsor, have lived in the US for some time and have not been asked to give up their titles.
Representatives from the Duchess of Sussex and Buckingham Palace did not respond to Insider's request for comment.
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
American actress
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
Duke of Sussex
Charles, Prince of Wales
Eldest son and heir apparent to Queen Elizabeth II (born 1948)

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