Meghan Markle Can Never Be an Official Princess But That Doesn’t Matter

Meghan Markle can be a divisive public figure, but there’s little doubt that the work she’s doing is for the greater good. Ever since her marriage to Prince Harry in May 2018, Markle has been working hard to change the face of the royal family and to bring the ages-old institution all the way into the 21st century.

Upon her marriage, Markle became formally known as the Duchess of Sussex – prompting many fans to wonder why she isn’t titled “Princess Meghan” when she’s married to a prince.

Why is Meghan Markle not an official princess?

Although Meghan Markle is married to Prince Harry and is styled as a princess through marriage, she’s not born into royalty, and therefore, will never be a British princess by blood. 

That detail likely matters little to Meghan Markle, who experiences the challenges and joys of royal life just as every other member of the royal family does, blood princess or not.

Over the past several years, ever since she first became involved with Prince Harry, Markle has been slowly immersing herself into the day to day tasks and routines of a working royal. Soon, she and Prince Harry will welcome their first child, and while their baby won’t be known as a prince or princess either, the little royal will get to enjoy a privileged existence that most could only dream of. 

Could she ever become queen?

So, Meghan Markle isn’t an official princess. There’s also a very slim, next-to-none chance that she will ever be queen, thanks to the line of succession in England. For Prince Harry to become the king, and Meghan Markle to be his queen consort, he would have to bypass his father, Prince Charles, his brother, Prince William, and all of Prince William’s children.

Obviously, this likely won’t ever happen, and probably isn’t even a possibility in the royal family’s mind. The knowledge that he will probably never be king has likely given Prince Harry a bit more of a sense of freedom than Prince William and enables him to live a slightly more private life than his older brother.

In line with this more private lifestyle, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will reportedly be doing everything that they can to give their baby a quiet, normal life, out of the spotlight. Their new home, Frogmore Cottage, is well away from the palace, in the countryside – the perfect spot for a young family to relax and get away from it all. 

She’s doing a world of good

Meghan Markle will certainly never hold the highest titles in the royal family, but she could still have the biggest impact. When she married Prince Harry, it was seen as something truly unprecedented in history. Markle, a divorced American, was an active member of the royal family. With her platform, she was given the ability to reach out and do some good on a global scale, and Markle has certainly embraced the opportunity.

Over the past year, Markle has thrown herself into her work and dedicated a good portion of her time to charities such as Mayhew, an animal-focused organization that offers community support and rehoming services, and Smart Works, a charity that provides assistance for unemployed women. 

Of course, Markle also means hope for many people. The fact that an average American woman was able to find her perfect match and marry into the royal family, doing good for people all over the world is incredibly inspirational. No matter what the future holds for Meghan Markle, she’s already making great strides in changing the face of the royal family for the better.