What is Meghan Markle’s full name, why does she not use Rachel and what was her Suits character called?

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MEGHAN Markle has officially become part of the Royal Family and given up her acting career for a role in public life.

Prince Harry’s wife goes by her middle name Meghan professionally. But what is her real name?

As an actress the Duchess chose to go by her middle name Meghan
As an actress the Duchess chose to go by her middle name Meghan
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What is Meghan Markle’s real name?

She is known around the world as Meghan Markle – with fans stunned by the revelation her real name is actually Rachel.

It is the same as her character in hit US TV show Suits, where she plays paralegal-turned-lawyer Rachel Zane.

It is not known which name her  husband Prince Harry calls her by.

The Queen used Meghan’s full name when she officially blessed the couple’s marriage, saying: “My Lords, 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.”

Why does she use the name Meghan?

It’s not unusual for celebrities to change their names for the stage.

Meghan’s in company with Elton John, Katy Perry and Jamie Foxx, who all famously swapped their first names for more glamorous monikers.

Even Prince Harry goes by a different name to the one he was born with.

His birth name is Henry Charles Albert David, and his official title is Prince Henry of Wales.

 

Kensington Palace released this statement announcing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement.
Kensington Palace released this statement announcing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement, calling the Suits actress by the name of Meghan

When did the Royal Family announce Harry and Meghan’s wedding?

The official announcement confirmed the pair became engaged in London in November 2017.

It read: “Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty the Queen and other close members of his family. Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms Markle’s parents.”

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh said they were “delighted” for their grandson and his bride-to-be, and “wish them every happiness”.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge added: “We are very excited for Harry and Meghan. It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.”

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Meghan wore a stunning bespoke ivory gown for her wedding to Prince Harry
Meghan wore a stunning bespoke ivory gown for her wedding to Prince Harry
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When did Meghan Markle and Prince Harry get married?

The Royal Wedding took place on Saturday, May 19 2019.

The ceremony was  held at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle – with the Queen, hundreds of guests and the world’s media all in attendance.

Meghan’s Hollywood pals were in attendance including the Clooneys, Priyanka Chopra, Sarah Rafferty and Serena Williams to name a few.

After their wedding, the couple will lived together in Harry’s home, Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.

They then moved to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor after it underwent an extensive renovation which includes a nursery for baby Archie.


What is Meghan’s official title?

Ms Markle became an HRH and a senior royal after marrying Harry and joining the Windsors.

The former Suits actress became the Duchess of Sussex following the Royal Wedding.


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