PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle look set to become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they announced their engagement yesterday.
The 33-year-old fifth in line to the throne and the 36-year-old American actress will marry in the spring at a yet to be announced location.
On the morning of the wedding the Queen is expected to give the prince a dukedom, with most royal experts predicted he will be given the title Duke of Sussex.
This means Meghan Markle could become history’s first Duchess of Sussex.
Genealogist Charles Kidd, editor of Debrett’s Peerage & Baronetage, said the dukedom of Sussex was the frontrunner.
He said: “I think the others are highly unlikely. Clarence hasn’t been used for a long time and it’s been sort of tainted by bad luck.
“One Duke of Clarence was the eldest son of Edward VII and there have been a lot of fairly salacious stories surrounding him. Another Duke of Clarence was executed for treason.”
Windsor – last used by the abdicated Edward VIII – is also likely to be off the table.
In an interview broadcast last night, Prince Harry revealed he proposed during a cosy night in over a roast chicken.
He said: “It happened a few weeks ago, earlier this month, here at our cottage; just a standard typical night for us,” the prince said.
Ms Markle added: “Just a cosy night, it was – what we were doing just roasting chicken.”
She described it as “just an amazing surprise. It was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got on one knee.”
She added: “As a matter of fact I could barely let you finish proposing, I said – can I say yes now?”
Harry’s father, Charles, said he was “thrilled” and “very happy indeed” at the news. The Queen said she was “delighted for the couple” adding that she wished them every happiness.
Source: The Argus