There has not been a Duke of Sussex since 1843, but royal experts think that could all be about to change.
The title has been dormant since Prince Augustus Frederick passed away 174 years ago, but could be resurrected if Prince Harry weds his actress girlfriend Meghan Markle. This would make Harry the second Duke of Sussex and Meghan the first ever Duchess of Sussex.
It is unclear exactly what this would mean at the moment, but having such a high-profile Duke and Duchess would undoubtedly give our county’s image a boost – overseas visitors would visit Sussex in their thousands if the title was given to the fifth-in-line and his partner.
Since being created Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine have made several official visits to the local area and supported numerous Cambridge charities. William and Megan are therefore expected to carry out similar duties in Sussex.
Royal expert Marlene Koenig said: “Sussex would be a good choice for Harry. The only one before him was a prince who married for love twice and did not care about the formality of his father’s marital law.”
This isn’t the first time rumours of the dukedom being resurrected – speculation that Prince Edward would receive the title were rife in 1999, but he was created Earl of Wessex instead. Prince William was then rumoured to take the title upon his marriage to Catherine Middleton, but the pair were instated to Cambridge.
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