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Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton share the same job title

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton share the same job title
29 May
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It’s been just over a week since Meghan Markle married into the Royal Family, cementing her place in history and gaining a new title, Her Royal Highness (HRH) the Duchess of Sussex.

And now, the former actress has a new occupation to add alongside her name.

Meghan Markle is officially a Princess of the United Kingdom – a job title she shares with sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, aka the Duchess of Cambridge.

The title was used by Kate on the birth certificates of her and Prince William’s three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

Princess Charlotte’s birth certificate. (Getty)

And because Kate and Meghan each have the HRH status ahead of their Duchess title, the two women share equal status.

It means they don’t have to curtsy to one another. They are required to curtsy only to the Queen and other monarchs, but not other royals with a HRH title.

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This includes Prince Charles and Camilla.

Although Meghan’s occupation is Princess of the United Kingdom, she can’t technically be called Princess Meghan.

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That’s because she is a princess by her marriage to Prince Harry only.

Only those born into the Royal Family become true princes and princesses.

But there is one big difference between Kate and Meghan.

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When Charles succeeds the throne as King of England, Prince William is likely to inherit his father’s current title, Prince of Wales.

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This would make Kate’s new title Kate, Princess of Wales much like her late mother-in-law Diana, Princess of Wales.

Although she was widely known as Princess Diana, this was incorrect.

Diana, like Kate and Meghan, became a member of the Royal Family by marriage and not birth.

Complicated?

It’s all thanks to the centuries-old Peerage System, which sets out the rules and rankings for members of the British nobility.

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