Meghan Markle ‘very keen’ to keep Duchess of Sussex title after being inspired by two fellow royals

A royal commentator has claimed Meghan Markle is 'very keen to keep' her Duchess of Sussex title after seeing how 'useful' titles are to her cousins-in-law...

Meghan Markle is ‘very keen’ to keep Duchess of Sussex title, seen here walking behind the Queen's funeral cortège
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It’s claimed Meghan Markle is ‘very keen’ to keep her Duchess of Sussex title after being inspired by two fellow royals.  


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s fairytale wedding ceremony at St George’s Chapel back in 2018 had so many unforgettable moments, from the first glimpse of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress to their carriage ride to Windsor Castle afterwards. This day marked Meghan officially joining the Royal Family and was when she became Duchess of Sussex. 

Despite Meghan and Prince Harry “stepping back” as working royals and settling in their Santa Barbara mansion since then, the couple retained their Sussex titles. Now it’s been claimed by royal commentator Neil Sean that Meghan Markle is “very keen” to keep her Duchess of Sussex title going forwards. 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and the Duchess of Sussex depart after their wedding ceremony

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As reported by Express.co.uk (opens in new tab), Neil expressed his belief on his YouTube Channel that Meghan Markle is “very keen” to remain Duchess of Sussex. He claimed that this is thanks to her friendship with two of the late Queen’s grandchildren, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice. 

"Harry and Meghan are very, very keen to cling onto those royal titles,” he alleged. “After much deliberation, Meghan decided that the titles would be a good thing, not just for her but for both her children too.”

The commentator suggested that this viewpoint was inspired by how “useful a title can be”, as Meghan reportedly feels is evident with her cousins-in-law. 

Neil continued, "Meghan became very friendly with senior members of the monarchy, predominantly Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice. After this, Meghan realized how useful a title can be, particularly when you want to move in the correct circles. That is the reason why they want to clutch hold of titles.”

Meghan Markle, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice on different occasions

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However, despite the recent claims from royal commentator Neil that Meghan Markle is “very keen” to keep her Duchess of Sussex title and has supposedly "realized" how useful they can be, the royal herself had previously indicated to Oprah Winfrey that titles weren’t something hugely important to her. 

Instead, the Duchess whose husband Prince Harry is now fifth in the royal line of succession, said that she’s “just been Meghan” throughout her life when it comes down to it.

Getting candid during the Sussexes’ Oprah interview in 2021, Meghan explained that “all the grandeur” surrounding having a title isn’t as significant as being a “mom”. 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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“[A]ll the grandeur surrounding this stuff is an attachment I don’t personally have. I’ve been a waitress, an actress, a princess, a duchess - I’ve always still just been Meghan, right?” she shared. “I’ve been clear on who I am, independent of all that stuff, and the most important title I’ll ever have is mom. I know that.”

Meghan’s statement could perhaps be seen to echo how she and Prince Harry reportedly decided against their son Archie having a title when he was born. When they welcomed their daughter Lilibet in 2021, she too was born without a royal title.

However, since King Charles ascended the throne following the passing of Queen Elizabeth, it's been suggested that Archie and Lilibet could now technically be entitled to receive titles as grandchildren of the monarch. 

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