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ROYAL experts have said any future children of Prince Harry and Meghan Merkle will take the second name Sussex – if, as expected, they are given the dukedom.
The fifth in line to the throne announced his engagement to the American actress on Monday.
It is expected that the Queen will make Harry the Duke of Sussex on his wedding day.
This would make Meghan the Duchess and their children would be known by the second name Sussex.
Yesterday, further details were announced about the much anticipated wedding.
Kensington Palace said the wedding next May will “reflect their characters and personalities” and be a moment of “fun and joy”.
The prince and his bride-to-be will say “I do” in the historic surrounds of Windsor Castle’s 15th century St George’s Chapel.
As palace aides announced more details of the big day, it was revealed that American Ms Markle is to become a British citizen, and will be both baptised and confirmed ahead of the religious ceremony.
The royal family will pay for the wedding, including the church service, the music, the flowers and the reception, the palace said.
But the security costs for the high profile celebration will fall to the taxpayer.
The Queen will be there, as will the rest of the royal family, along with Ms Markle’s parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte are also expected to take on the roles of pageboy and bridesmaid. The palace revealed that Ms Markle has met them on many occasions.
Kensington Palace is yet to confirm the exact date of the nuptials, who will be Harry’s best man or Ms Markle’s bridesmaids, and how many guests will attend.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, who had their religious blessing in the same chapel in 2005, were joined by around 800 people.
Harry’s communications secretary Jason Knauf said Windsor was a “very special place” for the prince, and that he and Ms Markle had regularly spent time there together during their 16-month romance.
He said the couple were delighted to be holding the wedding in the castle’s “beautiful grounds”.
Mr Knauf said the newly-engaged pair, who were grateful for the warm wishes they had received, “want the public to feel part of their day” – and are looking at ways to achieve that.
Source: The Argus