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Old 01-20-2020, 03:19 PM
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They have been advised not to use it AT ALL. Even inside the UK. And they won't be referred to with the HRH by the Court. That is the deal.
But now that this element of the deal is under review, they might be able to use it after all, pending the outcome.
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Old 01-20-2020, 03:21 PM
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They still are the Duke & Duchess of Sussex & they still are HRH but won't use the style so why not Harry Sussex & Meghan Sussex? I'm sure there are other dukes who style themselves that way for work purposes (don't test me - I can't recall them). I do know for sure that the Duke of Gloucester's heir the Earl of Ulster calls himself Alex Ulster in his working role.
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Old 01-20-2020, 03:27 PM
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They still are the Duke & Duchess of Sussex & they still are HRH but won't use the style so why not Harry Sussex & Meghan Sussex? I'm sure there are other dukes who style themselves that way for work purposes (don't test me - I can't recall them). I do know for sure that the Duke of Gloucester's heir the Earl of Ulster calls himself Alex Ulster in his working role.
Using your title as your surname like that is usually done when no surname is available to you. Personally, it would make more sense to use Mounbatten-Windsor.

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But now that this element of the deal is under review, they might be able to use it after all, pending the outcome.
The only element, I believe, to be under review is how they are known by their Dukedom of Sussex title. Nothing in relation to their HRHs is under review.
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Old 01-20-2020, 03:30 PM
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But now that this element of the deal is under review, they might be able to use it after all, pending the outcome.
I’m sure it is under review since there are other non-working royals who are maintaining their HRHs.
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Old 01-20-2020, 03:34 PM
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Using your title as your surname like that is usually done when no surname is available to you. Personally, it would make more sense to use Mounbatten-Windsor.

Peers actually use titles as surnames, even when they have a legal surname (family name in American English). For example, they sign Westminster, Norfolk, Salisbury, etc.



In British passports , I believe the photo page lists the given names only of peers in the given name field (without prefixes such as His Grace or The Rt Hon) followed by the title in the surname field. In the observations page, they include then: "The Holder is [Prefix] [Given Names + Surname/Family Name], [ [Title(s)] [Post-Nominal Letters]" , i.e. the full package.


In any case, the British government's guidance on British passports states that they consider titles to be part of the legal name in the UK.


It is fascinating how the practice changes from country to country with respect to names and titles !
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Old 01-20-2020, 03:39 PM
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Mountbatten Windsor is far too long and not a snapy business name. they can use their title Sussex as a surname if they want to.
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Old 01-20-2020, 03:47 PM
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For a British peer, with or without HRH, the customary usage would be to bill himself for example Edward Wessex or Harry Sussex if he chooses not to use his title for business purposes - although he could certainly choose to use Harry Mountbatten-Windsor instead.

He would be Sir Henry Mountbatten-Windsor then and Meghan Lady M-W, as Harry is a K.C.V.O. and thus a knight with the right to put "Sir" before his name.
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Old 01-20-2020, 03:50 PM
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Using your title as your surname like that is usually done when no surname is available to you. Personally, it would make more sense to use Mounbatten-Windsor.
Alex Ulster's surname is Windsor.

The Earl of Snowdon (David Armstrong-Jones) sells his furniture as David Linley, which was his professional name when he was Viscount Linley. His surname remains Armstrong-Jones.
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Old 01-20-2020, 04:04 PM
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They still are the Duke & Duchess of Sussex & they still are HRH but won't use the style so why not Harry Sussex & Meghan Sussex? I'm sure there are other dukes who style themselves that way for work purposes (don't test me - I can't recall them). I do know for sure that the Duke of Gloucester's heir the Earl of Ulster calls himself Alex Ulster in his working role.

Michael Ancram used this name even when he was already Marquess of Lothian. Ancram is not the family name but the courtesy title for the heir -

Earl of Ancram but being a member of parliament, Michael Kerr (that's the family name) used his courtesy title as name and stuck with it till he became a Lord in the House of Lords. All legal.


So Harry could be The Duke of Sussex, Harry Sussex, Sir Henry Mountbatten-Windsor (because he is a knight as a KCVO), Henry Windsor (the queen naver made letter patents for the change of the House's name from Windsor to Mountbatten-Windsor for her descendants, so the old LP are still valid, making Harry Henry Windsor or even Henry Windsor, Lord Dumbarton, thus Henry Dumbarton.
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Old 01-20-2020, 04:24 PM
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Why wold he be Lord Dumbarton? He's Duke of Sussex.. the usual way is for the heir to use the secondary title but they've said that Arrchie is just Master Archie..
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Old 01-20-2020, 04:43 PM
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Why wold he be Lord Dumbarton? He's Duke of Sussex.. the usual way is for the heir to use the secondary title but they've said that Arrchie is just Master Archie..

I don't know about Harry and Meghan, because they might use their titles professionally, but what would be the point of Archie calling himself Lord Dumbarton if he grew up in the US or Canada ?



He cannot use Lord Dumbarton as his legal name in the US and enroll (American spelling) in school or get a driver's license (American spelling again !) under that name, or at least I don't think he can. And I doubt he will be able to use titles in Canada either if he becomes a Canadian citizen, see my previous discussion on the titles controversy in Canada and Canada opting out of the British/Imperial honours system.
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Old 01-20-2020, 06:25 PM
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But now that this element of the deal is under review, they might be able to use it after all, pending the outcome.
I believe what's under review is the fact that she is styled as a divorced woman. Not the H.R.H decision. I think there would be a British uproar if they were allowed to use it to make money!
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Old 01-20-2020, 06:52 PM
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The fact is calling Harry as Harry Mountbatten-Windsor is incorrect. Yes it has been used in legal documents when a surname was needed, but that name was never meant to be used by HRH. It was announced that male line members of the family who didn’t hold a title, would use it as a surname. So basically Louise at this moment as her brother is Viscount Severn. And Archie as he doesn’t use his dads title as a courtesy.

Harry and Meghan Sussex fits more with protocol. Like when Harry was Harry Wales in school and army. Not just royals but as pointed out, customary among working peers as well. I believe the duchess of Kent teaches as Katherine Kent. It also has a better ring for business.
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Old 01-21-2020, 05:32 PM
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I remember reading a DM article where they speculated that the Queen was considering stripping him of the HRH and The Duke of Sussex, and leaving him with Earl of Dumbarton but thought it was could across as too punitive. If this is remotely true it seems that the Queen can strip the peerage without parliamentary action.
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It isn’t remotely true. The Queen cannot strip him of his Dukedom. Hence why you read it in a Daily Mail article because nobody bothered to fact check before pressing send.
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And that’s why it’s equally surprising to see everyone take the DM at face value all of a sudden.

The story emerged from the Evening Standard and not the Daily Mail.

What is being alleged in the article is that Queen Elizabeth considered a deal under which her grandson would be expected not to use his dukedom, just as he would not use his HRH. Whether the story has any factual basis or not, the idea would be something that could be done by the Queen without Parliament, by my understanding.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/q...-a4339031.html
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Old 01-21-2020, 06:37 PM
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The story emerged from the Evening Standard and not the Daily Mail.

What is being alleged in the article is that Queen Elizabeth considered a deal under which her grandson would be expected not to use his dukedom, just as he would not use his HRH. Whether the story has any factual basis or not, the idea would be something that could be done by the Queen without Parliament, by my understanding.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/q...-a4339031.html
Would Harry Dumbarton really sound good?
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OK here's another question. Harry and Meghan supposedly want to raise Archie as a "commoner". So are these titles automatic or can they refuse them?
In my opinion, although others disagree, there is no legal obligation to use any title.

In the case of a peerage, it is also possible to legally disclaim it within a set period of time after succeeding to the title.
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The rules for disclaiming a peerage are set out in the Peerage Act of 1963.

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The fact is calling Harry as Harry Mountbatten-Windsor is incorrect. Yes it has been used in legal documents when a surname was needed, but that name was never meant to be used by HRH. It was announced that male line members of the family who didn’t hold a title, would use it as a surname. So basically Louise at this moment as her brother is Viscount Severn. And Archie as he doesn’t use his dads title as a courtesy.

Harry and Meghan Sussex fits more with protocol. Like when Harry was Harry Wales in school and army. Not just royals but as pointed out, customary among working peers as well. I believe the duchess of Kent teaches as Katherine Kent. It also has a better ring for business.
James only uses "Viscount Severn" as a courtesy title and he will remain a commoner until he succeeds to his father's substantive title/s. As I understand it, he is therefore in the same boat as Louise and is a Mountbatten-Windsor.
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James only uses "Viscount Severn" as a courtesy title and he will remain a commoner until he succeeds to his father's substantive title/s. As I understand it, he is therefore in the same boat as Louise and is a Mountbatten-Windsor.
Per the interpretation taken up by the Royal Family, all descendants in male line (married women excepted) of Elizabeth and Philip are Mountbatten-Windsor, irrespective of their titles; however, the usage of the name is limited to occasions when no royal or peerage title is used (whether because the descendant does not hold such a title or because the title they hold is not used for that occasion).

Thus, the name Mountbatten-Windsor was entered on the marriage certificates of Queen Elizabeth's younger children, since their titles were not used in their marriage certificates.

But Countessmeout is right that apart from legal documents, James will never be required to use Mountbatten-Windsor if he conforms to customary protocol and uses "James Severn" for his private endeavors.
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He might be 'earl of Wessex' by the time he is looking for a 'professional name' - although I am still not sure how that will work out; as the duke of Edinburgh title has not been awarded at the same time as the earl of Wessex and viscount Severn titles, so not sure whether they can become subsidiary titles to the duke of Edinburgh title when it is awarded to Edward. Or that the ducal title won't have subsidiary titles, so Edward will simultaneously hold the ducal and earl titles; while the heir of these titles (or more specifically: of the Earl of Wessex title) will always be known as Viscount Severn.
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