Meghan Markle may receive this huge honour before the royal wedding

Meghan Markle has already experienced a huge amount of change since announcing her engagement to Prince Harry - she's moved in to Kensington Palace, become close with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and even been baptised and confirmed, ahead of her wedding.

And with just 54 days to go until she marries the Prince, it seems she’ll also be receiving a big royal honour.

Ahead of the 19th May, the former actress could well be getting her own Royal Coat of Arms, before officially marrying in to the royal family.

The royal coat of arms will represent her own family. Then, her crest would join with Harry’s own Royal Coat of Arms, after their wedding.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex were also given their own coat of arms ahead of their wedding days – as people marrying in to the royal family.

In actual fact, the coat of arms is generally granted to the father of the bride-to-be, meaning Meghan’s dad Thomas Markle would be a big part of it.

In 2011, the Middleton coat of arms was given to Catherine’s father, Michael.

The royal honour touchingly featured three acorns, symbolising the three Middleton children, the Duchess, and her siblings Pippa and James.

If Meghan is given a coat of arms, it will be personal to her and her heritage. Reportedly, the College of Arms, a part of the Royal Household, does a thorough research of the recipient’s family history, before designing the crest.

It is expected that 36-year-old Meghan’s design will feature the Markle family name, as her family has British heritage stretching back to 1856, when an ancestor of their’s worked in Windsor Castle.

At the time of Catherine and William’s wedding, Thomas Woodcock, Garter Principal of Arms, discussed the significance of a royal coat of arms.

The Daily Express reports that he said, “Every Coat of Arms has been designed to identify a person, school or organisation, and to last forever.

“Heraldry is Europe’s oldest, most visual and strictly regulated form of identity and it surrounds us in Britain, giving clues to our history and surroundings.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s coat of arms

Discussing the Duchess’ marriage specifically, he said, “After her marriage, Catherine Middleton will place her father’s Arms beside those of her husband in what is known as an impaled Coat of Arms.” And it’s a fact that will also ring true for Meghan and Harry.

Thomas continued, explaining, “This will require a Royal Warrant from The Queen.”

Currently, all descendents of the Queen, including Harry, Prince William, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice hold their own arms, based on the Queen’s Royal arms.

The consorts of the royal family members also have their own shields, which have been joined with their spouses to make their joint coat of arms.

It’s also expected that Meghan will become a Duchess following her wedding to Prince Harry – although her specific title has not yet been announced.

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