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Which Scottish title will be Prince Harry and Meghan Markle be given on their wedding day?


Speculation is growing as to which historic Scottish title will be granted to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day, 19 May 2018.

Traditionally, new titles are bestowed upon a royal couple on their wedding day by the Queen, and whilst royal watchers are expecting Prince Harry and Meghan to be named Duke and Duchess of Sussex, there is also an expectation that the couple will be granted a title to use whilst in Scotland, for example Prince William is known as the Earl of Strathearn, and his wife Kate is Countess of Strathearn.

Possible Scottish titles

Two of the bookmakers' current favourite for the new royal couple are Earl and Countess of Dumbarton, a title created by King Charles II in 1675 (which has been extinct for 250 years) or Earl and Countess of Ross. One previous holder of the title Earl of Ross was Henry Lord Darnley, the second husband of Mary Queen of Scots, who was murdered in 1567.

A possible earldom

Wendy Bosberry-Scott, co-editor of the reference book Debrett’s Peerage and Baronetage, said: “The Scottish title Prince Harry receives is likely to be an earldom but there are very few clues here.

“Dumbarton is a possibility but, at this point, it is merely speculation and many factors will have to be considered before a suitable title is chosen.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new titles are expected to be announced on their wedding day, with the nuptials due to take place in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

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