Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedding: When will it happen?

Royals typically have a short engagement

Samuel Osborne
Monday 27 November 2017 11:14 GMT
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have announced their engagement

Prince Harry is to marry his girlfriend Meghan Markle in Spring 2018.

Harry, 33, who is fifth in line to the throne, has been dating the 36-year-old American actress since the summer of 2016.

Ms Markle found fame in the US legal drama Suits.

When will the wedding be?

Royals usually have a short engagement and are traditionally during the week rather than at the weekend.

A brief statement by the Prince of Wales issued by Clarence House said: "The wedding will take place in Spring 2018.

"Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course."

William and Kate wed on a Friday and the Queen on a Thursday.

Where will the wedding take place?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square in Toronto, Canada (Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square in Toronto, Canada (Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation) (Getty)

It has not yet been announced, but St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle is a good bet.

The chapel is smaller than Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral, but still grand enough for a high-profile royal wedding.

Will the wedding day be a public holiday?

It will be up to the Government to decide whether to give Britons the day off.

An extra one-off bank holiday was added for William and Kate's nuptials, but William is a future king, whereas Harry is now only fifth in line to the throne.

Will Harry be made a Duke?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation)

Tradition dictates royal men receive a title when they marry, and Prince Harry is expected to become the Duke of Sussex.

On the morning of his wedding, the prince is likely to be given a dukedom by his grandmother the Queen.

Ms Markle would become both an HRH and a duchess after saying her vows.

Will Meghan Markle become a duchess or princess?


Meghan Markle 

 Meghan Markle 
 (Getty)

Harry, whose full name is Prince Henry of Wales, could turn down a title, in which case, Ms Markle would be known as HRH Princess Henry of Wales.

She is not entitled to be Princess Meghan - even though this may be how she eventually becomes known in the media and to the public.

Ms Markle will not be a princess in her own right, only through marriage, just like the Duchess of Cambridge - who would have used the title Princess William of Wales if she had not been a duchess.

Even if she becomes a duchess, Ms Markle will still technically also be HRH Princess Henry of Wales.

When Kate signed Prince George's birth certificate, she listed her occupation as "Princess of the United Kingdom".

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