Now that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are officially the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, a question has weighed on the minds of royal fans: when are they going to have children? While the 36-year-old is not known to be expecting, we do know that their future kids will not be sharing a surname with their cousins, Prince William and Duchess Kate’s three kids – they will, in fact, be Sussexes.
While this isn’t written in stone, it can be assumed given that Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis all have the Cambridge family name after their parents’ official titles, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Similarly, both Prince William and Prince Harry carried their father’s surname of Wales, as Prince Charles is the Prince of Wales. Once they were married, however, Her Majesty granted them new titles and their children take these on once they are born. Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice use the last name ‘York,’ as their father, Prince Andrew, is the Duke of York.
So, all signs point to Sussex! As Prince George and Princess Charlotte are both enrolled in school and nursery as Cambridges, so too will the future children of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex likely be enrolled with that surname. But by the public eye, as all members of the Royal Family before them, they will only be referred to by first name, preceded by His or Her Royal Highness.
In 1960, as per the Royal Family’s official website, the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip , decided that their descendant would take on the surname ‘Mountbatten-Windsor,’ to pay tribute to both of their last names and set them apart from the rest of the family.