• Fri. Oct 7th, 2022

Historic Reason Why Royals Don’t Use Surnames Revealed – ‘Not Always The Same’

Historic reason why members of the royal family don't use surnames revealed

Members of the ROYAL FAMILY can be referred to by their name or title, and some of them have more than one,

which can be confusing, and it is also common to not  refer to a surname at all.

Due to the Royal Family’s fame and popularity, it is obvious that by referring only to first names, you will most likely know who is being discussed.

Members of the royal family go by their titles
Members of the royal family go by their titles (gettyimages)

According to the official Royal website, “members of the Royal Family can be known both by the name of the Royal house and by a surname which are not always the same and often they don’t have a surname at all.”

The full name of Prince William is William Arthur Philip Louis Mountbatten-Windsor, which means that when Kate Middleton married him in 2011, she could have become Catherine Elizabeth Mountbatten-Windsor.

Kate Middleton is not known as Catherine Mountbatten-Windsor
Kate Middleton is not known as Catherine Mountbatten-Windsor (gettyimages)

Surnames are only used by those who do not have a title in the royal family, so the Duchess of Cambridge is only referred to as Kate Middleton or by the title she was given upon her marriage.

Similarly, Meghan Markle took on the title of Duchess of Sussex but did not become known by Rachel Meghan Mountbatten-Windsor.

Meghan did not become known as Rachel Meghan Mountbatten-Windsor.
Meghan did not become known as Rachel Meghan Mountbatten-Windsor (gettyimages).

Royal members can use their family’s official title as a surname in addition to Mountbatten-Windsor.

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