Will Harry and Meghan use their real names at royal wedding?

Ciara Sheppard

In St. George’s Chapel on Saturday May 19th, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will stand in front of millions to say their vows, officiated by The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby – but what will they be called?

It’s a well-known fact that Meghan is in fact not Meghan Markle’s legal first time.

Instead, the bride-to-be is called Rachel Meghan Markle, and prefers to go by her middle name publicly.

Similarly, Harry’s real name is Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales.

There’s a high chance Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will go by their given names on the big day. Photo: Getty

Judging by most of the official royal address so far, it could be that Meghan is called her preferred name during the Order of Service.

In all statements given by Kensington Palace in the lead up to the wedding, Meghan has been titled simply ‘Ms. Meghan Markle’, including on the wedding invitations.

However, the Queen used her given name, Rachel, in her official consent letter.

The letter read: “I declare My Consent to a Contract of Matrimony between My Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales and Rachel Meghan Markle, which Consent I am causing to be signified under the Great Seal and to be entered in the Books of the Privy Council”.

It’s worth nothing she also called Harry ‘Henry’.

We can’t be sure if Meghan and Harry will go by their given names or her preferred names to say their vows, but if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 2011 nuptials are anything to go by, it’s likely we’ll hear Rachel and Henry in the chapel.

During their marriage – where Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, conducted the vows – Kate was simply called ‘Catherine Elizabeth’ while William was called ‘William Arthur Philip Louis’. 

Both went by their official titles.

Despite Meghan never using her given name, the bride-to-be hasn’t yet legally changed it (though she might after the wedding), so it may be that the officiant will be required to use Rachel.

Where ‘normal’ brides would have the choice in which name they would like to use in their ceremony, a royal wedding is obviously a far more formal occasion.

This is why Meghan was likely to have been named Meghan during her wedding to film producer Trevor Engelson back in 2011.

Of course, what Meghan and Harry are called on the day remains to be heard, so be sure to keep a keen ear out come May 19th.

For all the latest details on everything Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, check out our rolling Royal Wedding coverage here.

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