Today, the world will witness the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. After six months of excitement, we finally get to see the dress and the kiss and the cute child-only bridal party—and we don't plan to be disappointed.
But that doesn't kick off for a few hours yet, and in the meantime the Palace has given us a treat: They've announced what we'll be calling Meghan and Harry from now on. And we know the question you've all been waiting for: Does the fact she's married a prince now make Meghan a princess?
Not exactly, no. In the same way as Kate Middleton isn't "Princess Kate," Meghan won't be "Princess Meghan" on a day-to-day basis. Instead, she'll be Duchess of Sussex and Harry will be Duke of Sussex, just like William and Kate were made the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge following their wedding in April 2011.
Technically, Meghan's title will contain the word "princess" as soon as her marriage to Harry is official. It'll be "Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales," which makes things pretty confusing. But she won't actually be a princess, and will be referred to as the Duchess of Sussex on an everyday basis. Likewise, Prince Harry will be referred to as the Duke of Sussex from now on (though he'll still probably be referred to quite commonly as Prince Harry still—people just do what they want).
Kensington Palace announced the news of Harry and Meghan's new titles this morning, just a couple of hours before the wedding started.
The official statement read:
"The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.
"Prince Harry thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Ms. Meghan Markle on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex."
Happy wedding day, Duke and Duchess of Sussex!
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.