What Is Prince Harry’s Legal Name? Duke of Sussex Drops HRH and Surname After Royal

There are many ways in which royals live life differently. For example, a lot of people know that they generally grow up in palaces filled with butlers, maids, and nannies. As adults, they might also be expected to do charity and diplomatic work instead of getting a 9-to-5 job like everyone else.

Something that also raises a lot of questions among fans is how royals approach their names. Prince Harry recently made news for “changing” his name after his royal exit, so there are no doubt many people who are confused about what his legal name is now. Read on below to learn about Prince Harry’s name and how it has changed over the years.

What was Prince Harry’s legal name when he was born?

Prince Harry visits the Help for Heroes Hidden Wounds Service at Tedworth House on January 23, 2016 in Tidworth, England
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Prince Harry was born as Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales. He is the son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana.

Both of Prince Harry’s parents were known as the Prince and Princess of Wales. As such, it was not surprising that “of Wales” became Prince Harry’s last name as well.

Technically, the royal family’s last name is Mountbatten-Windsor, which was made by combining Queen Elizabeth’s last name (Windsor) and Prince Philip’s (Mountbatten). Mountbatten-Windsor is the name that any royal can use for official purposes.

However, many royals choose to use their own title as their last name. Growing up, Prince Harry and his brother, Prince William, were known as Harry Wales and William Wales in school.

What did Prince Harry’s legal name become after he got married?

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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA

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When Prince Harry married Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in 2018, Queen Elizabeth granted him the title Duke of Sussex. Prince Harry, then, dropped his “of Wales” last name and used his Sussex title instead.

His legal name, according to his son’s birth certificate in 2019, was His Royal Highness Henry Charles Albert David Duke of Sussex.

However, it is important to note that his son, Archie, has the last name Mountbatten-Windsor. It is believed that, since Prince Harry and Meghan want to give Archie a more “normal” upbringing, they opted for him to use the last name Mountbatten-Windsor instead of Sussex.

What is Prince Harry’s legal name now?

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Spotlight on: Endeavour Fund Today we are taking a look back at the amazing work done by the @EndeavourFund, an organisation created by The Duke of Sussex to support the Armed Forces community. HRH was motivated by the ambitions of wounded, injured and sick (WIS) service personnel and veterans across the UK, who wanted to use sport and adventurous activity as part of their recovery. And what they choose to take on is extraordinary! These men and women break global records and set goals for those around the world – non-disabled and disabled alike, including:  The first amputee to cross Greenland icecap unsupported, the first triple amputee to qualify as a rescue diver, the fastest unsupported rowing time across the Atlantic, and so many more. The endeavours they take on are inspirational, but also have a tremendous impact on their physical, emotional and social recovery, as well as a lasting effect on the family and community around them. Since launching in 2012, the Endeavour Fund has supported nearly 6,000 WIS in sport and adventure challenges. As The Duke said, “The magic of the Endeavour Fund is that it enables those who had life changing injuries in their prime, many of whom felt defeated, to use the power of sport to find a new purpose. The renewed self-belief we see in everyone who participates, and how this transforms their lives and the lives of those around them is overwhelming. Beyond that, each man or woman who participates uses their endeavour as an opportunity to raise funds for another serviceman or woman who needs the same support they once did. It’s a powerful and meaningful process that I am so proud to be a part of.” • In 2019 alone, 17 grants were submitted benefitting nearly a thousand WIS and over 200 family and friends. 198 qualifications were gained and more than 80 are back in the workforce feeling fulfilled and with a renewed sense of purpose. Photo © Endeavour Fund

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Earlier this year, Prince Harry and Meghan announced they were splitting away from the royal family. As part of their exit agreement, the couple reportedly also dropped some things from their names.

When Prince Harry registered his new charity project, Travelyst, he dropped his HRH title. Additionally, there are reports that he will no longer use the last name Mountbatten Windsor.

At an event for Travelyst in Scotland back in March, the host shared with the crowd to keep things casual with Prince Harry, saying: “He’s made it clear that we are all just to call him Harry. So ladies and gentlemen, please give a big, warm, Scottish welcome to Harry.”

However, a source told Us Weekly, that Prince Harry is “not planning to officially drop his Mountbatten-Windsor title legally.” He will simply “keep things casual” whenever he can and go by his first name. For now, his legal name is said to be Prince Henry Charles Albert David, Duke of Sussex.

Will Prince Harry change his name even more?

It’s not clear whether this is the final version of his name or whether Prince Harry could change it even more. Some fans speculate that, given his alleged desire to be known by just his first name, there is a chance that he might simply go by Harry Sussex at some point.

Because Prince Harry and Meghan have shown that they are different than other royals, perhaps it could be possible for Prince Harry to change his last name to Markle. Additionally, the two of them could combine their names in some way as well.