Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will officially stop being working royal at the end of March and Meghan could possibly drop the surname “Sussex” when the departure is finally sealed.
The surname “Duchess of Sussex” was officially adopted by the former actress, Meghan Markle after she married Prince Harry in a lavish wedding ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor in May 2018.
Meghan Markle may need to drop the surname after cutting off as active members of the royal family and agreeing that they will no longer use their royal titles in an official capacity.
Meghan has the option to adopt the same surname the Queen and Prince Philip picked to pass on to their descendants as early as 1952.
Majority of the members of the Royal Family usually use their titles as surnames. The male-line heirs of the “royals” have the right to use Mountbatten-Windsor whenever it’s necessary.
However, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry decided to name their son “Archie Harrison” the Mountbatten-Windsor surname in a touching tribute to the “Duke of Edinburgh”.
Speculations are building on the fact that the current “Duchess of Sussex” may decide to join her son and adopt “Mountbatten-Windsor” so that she becomes “Meghan Mountbatten-Windsor”.
Before being known as the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry was called “Harry Wales” when he and his elder brother Prince William chose to bear their father’s surname. It’s not a new thing for the “Royals” to “change” surnames as they having been doing so in the past.
The royal family was forced to renounce their Saxe-Coburg style in the middle of World War I because of the war with Germany. Next, “King George V” adopted the name, “Windsor”, after one of the family’s favourite residences in Berkshire.
When Prince Philip got married to “Princess Elizabeth” as she then was, in 1947, he dumped his Greek and Danish names as he became a naturalised British citizen with the surname “Mountbatten”.
The two royal titles, Mountbatten-Windsor” were consciously merged after a lengthy battle over the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen over Philip’s right to give his children his surname.
When Queen Elizabeth inherited the throne in 1952, she announced that the royal family’s surname would be “Windsor” and not “Mountbatten”.
The decision didn’t go down well with the “Duke of Edinburgh” and he reportedly fled-up “I’m just a bloody amoeba,” alleging that he was the only man in the country whose children did not bear his surname.
Then in 1960, Queen Elizabeth gave him a concession and it was decreed that the Queen’s direct descendants who were not granted the title of Prince or Princess would be given the surname “Mountbatten-Windsor”.
To show how emotional the entire issue was for the “Duke of Edinburgh” and Her Majesty” the former Prime Minister’s journal entry reads: “The Queen only wishes (properly enough) to do something to please her husband, with whom she is desperately in love.
“What upsets me is the prince’s almost brutal attitude to the Queen over all this.”