Meghan Markle Is Using Her Maiden Name Again, What That Means for the Royal

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been finding her own way since she left the royal family. Ever since she married Prince Harry, she’s had to abide by a certain set of rules and hasn’t been free to do as she pleases. Though she is still married to Prince Harry, the two stepping down from their roles as senior royals has opened them both up to more opportunities and given them a lot more freedom. Now, Meghan has even used her maiden name again.

Meghan Markle
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle break away

Tensions had been reportedly running high in the royal family for a while. Harry even admitted to having issues with his brother, Prince William.

“We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we are so busy,” he said in the documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey. “But, you know, I love him dearly. You know, the majority of the stuff is probably — well, the majority of the stuff is created out of nothing. But, just as I said, as brothers, you know, you have good days and you have bad days.”

After a particularly tumultuous year in the press, Meghan and Harry were ready to step away from the spotlight.

“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” they captioned a photo on Instagram. “We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the royal family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty the queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.”

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Unfortunately, the two weren’t able to work out a deal with the queen to become part-time working royals so they had to leave their positions altogether. Since then, the pair have been working on becoming financially independent, taking on speaking gigs, and signed with the Harry Walker Agency which represents the Obamas.

Meghan Markle using her last name

Meghan is formally still the Duchess of Sussex but for the first time since stepping down from her job as a working royal, she was credited by her maiden name.

While speaking at the Girl Up Summit, she was introduced as The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.”

She had stopped using her maiden name in official capacities in 2018 when she married into the royal family. She is even listed as Rachel Meghan Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex on her son’s birth certificate, according to Insider. So, this is quite the deviation from the norm.

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What does this mean?

One could credit this naming to a slipping of the announcer’s tongue, however, she was also credited with her maiden name on Girl Up’s YouTube video of the speech, so it’s clear that it wasn’t an accident. It could have been the organizer’s decision to credit her with her maiden name. Meghan hasn’t spoken on the decision, so it’s hard to know for sure.

We’ll have to wait to see how she refers to herself in future engagements to see if the use of Markle is back and here to stay.