Thursday, May 30

Newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: What next for Titles, honeymoon, where they will live and more



Now that rings have been exchanged and bells have rung throughout the nation for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the attention upon the newest royal newlyweds turns to their next steps as a couple.

After months of anticipation following the announcement of their engagement – plus the wedding plans that followed the Prince and Ms Markle have captured the hearts of many thousands around the world.

Royal fans will be eager to watch the couple as they both grow into their newly defined roles and royal duties.  Here is everything we know so far about the next steps of Britain’s newest royal duo:

Where will they live?

The Prince and Ms Markle will live in Nottingham Cottage, where they have been residing since their engagement in November 2017.

Reportedly referred to as ‘Notts Cotts’, the modest abode, only yards away from Harry’s childhood home within Kensington Palace itself, has been a base for both the Prince and his brother William over the past decade.

As the previous occupants, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent two and a half years at the cottage after their royal wedding in 2011, before moving to a permanent apartment inside Kensington Palace to accommodate their growing family. Harry moved into Nottingham Cottage shortly after.

It is the smallest of Kensington Palace’s multiple residences, residing in a part of the grounds that once housed important members of staff. There are two rooms and a private garden.

In the long term, Harry and Meghan are expected to vacate Nottingham Cottage for a 21-room Kensington Palace apartment, adjacent to that of William and Kate.

The apartment’s roof and windows have recently been refurbished, while the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester moved out of it last November – giving legs to the rumours the newlyweds will move there.

As neighbours, the royal brothers could inhabit what was once a single suite of apartments at Kensington Palace, before it was split in two in the 1950s. The apartments are even suspected to share a secret door.

Initially however, the Prince will have a cousin for a neighbour: Princess Eugenie and her fiancé Jack Brooksbank recently took-up residence at Ivy Cottage after announcing their engagement in January this year.

The engagement came two months after the Prince and Ms Markle’s – and Princess Eugenie’s wedding has parallels too. Her wedding will also take place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, on October 12 later this year.

You can assume that both couples will see a lot of each other in the months ahead, in addition to other Royals who call Kensington Palace their home. This list includes the Duke and Duchess of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and of course the Cambridges.

It is yet to be confirmed when, and if, the Prince and Ms Markle will relocate from Nottingham Cottage.

What will their first engagement as a married couple be?

When the champagne stops flowing in the early hours of Sunday in Windsor, the newlyweds will begin preparing for the first engagement as newlyweds. Their first engagement will be just three days after the ceremony, on Tuesday May 22.

They will be in attendance at Buckingham Palace for the Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday patronage celebration in the palace’s gardens, joined by Prince Charles, who turns 70 in November, and the Duchess of Cornwall.

The garden party involves 6,000 guests from almost 400 of the Prince of Wales’ patronages and 20 military affiliations. The guest list includes some of the emergency services personnel who were the first to respond to the bombing at the Manchester Arena last May; the anniversary of the attack falls on the same day as the party.

This engagement sets the tone for the couple’s conduct as enthusiastic supporters of charities, having asked their wedding guests to donate money to seven chosen charities as a wedding gift.

Where will they go on honeymoon?

Although most couples are headed for the airport departure lounge as soon as the disco ball slows on the wedding reception dancefloor, Harry and Meghan have delayed their honeymoon until an unconfirmed date.

Many speculators believe that Namibia is the most likely destination for the couple, who will no doubt be looking for an ‘off-grid’ honeymoon after the intensity of the wedding.

Namibia is renown for its private desert camps, spectacular sand dunes and animal safaris. It will be everything that a royal honeymoon requires. Much like that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who spent their 2011 honeymoon in the sun and seclusion of the Seychelles.

Others suspect they might travel to Botswana, which was the location for a getaway holiday when the Prince and actress begun dating.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could also consider a staycation, just as the Queen and Prince Phillip did in 1947. The couple spent their honeymoon at Broadlands House in Hampshire – although that would be no guarantee of favourable weather.

What will their titles be?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Kensington Palace has announced.

By tradition, male members of the Royal family receive a title from the monarch on their wedding day, and the vacant title Duke of Sussex has always been regarded as the most likely choice for the Prince.

The only previous Duke of Sussex was married twice, but neither of his marriages was approved by his father, George III, meaning they were considered unlawful.

It means that Ms Markle is the first woman entitled to use the title HRH The Duchess of Sussex.

The Prince will also take on the titles Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.

The only previous Duke of Sussex was married twice, but neither of his marriages was approved by his father, George III, meaning they were considered unlawful. This means that Ms Markle would be the first woman entitled to use the title HRH The Duchess of Sussex.

Ms Markle’s full name is Rachel Meghan Markle, but she was named as Meghan in Buckingham Palace’s announcement of the engagement, meaning she is unlikely to revert to Rachel when she is married.

Other options include the dukedoms of Clarence, Connaught, Windsor, Albany, and Cumberland and Teviotdale.