Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal offspring is en route for a Spring arrival, and inquiring minds want to know how the mother-to-be will be signing her name on the li’l one’s birth certificate. Thanks to some digging, we know that “Harry” won’t even appear on the paperwork, and Meghan will be listed under her real name, “Rachel.” (“Meghan” is actually her middle name because Hollywood).
According to Marie Claire, Harry’s full title, “His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David Duke of Sussex,” will be used, along with Meghan’s official title: “Rachel Meghan, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.”
Royal expert Marlene Koenig tells Marie Claire: “Her name is not a part of her title, so, it will say Rachel Meghan, HRH the Duchess of Sussex.”
The baby will likely use Sussex as his or her last name, following in the footsteps of its parents, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, according to Town & Country (via Marie Claire). In fact, the kiddo may not even use a last name at all, says Koenig. “In real life, royals do not use a surname. They sign their first name only. Their titles will be on their passports.”
When Meghan and Harry’s in-laws, Prince William and Kate Middleton, welcomed Prince Louis back in April, his birth certificate listed him as “His Royal Highness Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge.” Kate and William were referred to as “His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Philip Louis Duke of Cambridge” and “Catherine Elizabeth Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.”
You can see Louis’ birth certificate, along with the certificates of his two siblings, over at Marie Claire.