IT’S a given that most children expect to have the same last name as their paternal grandparents and cousins.
But that’s not the case when you are born into the royal family, with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s future children to use different surnames from their relatives.
This is because members of the royal family who already have titles technically don’t have last names.
According to royal protocol, only those born without a title use the family name Mountbatten-Windsor.
The surname is relatively new and replaced Saxe-Coburg-Gotha during World War 1 to avoid the family of being accused of German sympathies.
But when required, younger titled members of the royal family have adopted surnames based on their family titles.
Prince Harry and Prince William were enrolled in school and the armed forces with the last name Wales because Charles is the Prince of Wales, while Prince George uses the surname Cambridge as his father is the Duke of Cambridge.
So it’s expected any future offspring of Harry and Meghan will use the name Sussex because of the couple’s title.
The title was one of three given to Harry and Meghan by the Queen following their wedding — and can’t be inherited by their daughters.
Originally published as Why Meghan’s kids will have a different last name