Royals’ lesser-known titles – from Kate’s Scottish style to Beatrice’s unique title

Most royals such as Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have a main title that they go by – but nearly all also have several other titles that are little-known and hardly used

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One of the perks of being a royal is getting a grand title to add to your name.

Of course, it’s well known that Kate Middleton goes by the title of the Duchess of Cambridge while Prince Charles also has the lofty title of Prince of Wales.

But for many of the royals – it’s not just the one title they boast, some have two or even three extra but lesser-known titles.

So what are some of these titles? We take a look…

Prince William

Since his birth in 1982, William has been a prince as he is a grandson of the monarch.

And on his wedding day in 2011, he was gifted a dukedom, meaning he was given the new title of the Duke of Cambridge.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have several titles


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However, he also has two other titles that were also given to him upon his marriage. One is his Scottish style Earl of Strathearn and another is his Northern Irish title, Baron Carrickfergus.

Kate Middleton

As a non-royal before marrying William, Kate did not have a title before her wedding day.

But as her husband William was made Duke of Cambridge, she also became Duchess of Cambridge.

She also took the female versions of his other titles meaning she is also Countess Strathearn and Lady Carrickfergus.

Prince charles

Prince Charles with wife Camilla on Christmas Day


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As the heir to the throne, Prince Charles has the grand title of Prince of Wales.

But he also has a huge list of other titles that he can use given his position as heir and eldest son of the monarch.

These include Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew and Earl of Chester.

Meanwhile, after the death of his father Prince Philip, he inherited his titles of Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich.

Prince harry

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who were made Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they married


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Like his older brother William, Prince Harry has always been a prince since his birth.

And in the same way, he was also granted a dukedom on his wedding day becoming Duke of Sussex.

In addition, he was also granted the Scottish title Earl of Dumbarton as well as the Northern Irish style Baron Kilkeel.

Meghan Markle

Like her sister-in-law Kate, Meghan also didn’t have any title before marrying into the royal family.

And after husband Harry was made Duke of Sussex – she took the title Duchess of Sussex.

She also took the female versions of his other titles meaning she is also Countess of Dumbarton and Baroness Kilkeel.

Princess Beatrice

Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi



Like her cousins William and Harry, Princess Beatrice has been a princess since birth as a granddaughter of the Queen.

And it appears that on her wedding day to husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi she inherited a unique title – but not from her grandmother.

That’s because Edo is an Italian count meaning that when he wed Beatrice – she became a countess.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Mr Mozzi’s father, Count Allessandro Mapelli Mozzi, said: “Edoardo is the only male descendent taking the family into the next generation.

“He is a count, his wife will be a countess automatically and any of their children will be counts or nobile donna.”

Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex

Prince Edward with wife Sophie Wessex


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Unlike his brothers who were granted dukedoms on their wedding days, Prince Edward was given the title Earl of Wessex and his wife Sophie was made Countess of Wessex.

But as a present from his mother the Queen for his 55th birthday, Edward was given another title – Earl of Forfar.

This means that Sophie takes on the female version – Countess of Forfar.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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