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Thu, 11 Oct, 2018Tiana Gullotta

Why the royals don’t live in their dukedoms

Why the royals don’t live in their dukedoms

Although they were crowned Duke and Duchess of Sussex five months ago, Prince Harry and Meghan only visited the beautiful region of Sussex on the south coast of England for the first time at the beginning of this month.

Prince Harry and Meghan’s itinerary included visiting Edes House in Chichester and the seaside resorts of Bognor Regis and Brighton, as well as the lavish Royal Pavilion (also known as the Brighton Pavilion), built by playboy Prince Regent, George IV in the 1780s.

While Prince Harry and Meghan rent a country home in Oxfordshire, there is a lot of confusion surrounding the idea that royals are named after the area they live in, but do not reside in their dukedoms.

The Royal Pavilion, also known as the Brighton Pavilion.

Royal dukedoms are ceremonial titles bestowed on princes by the monarch and displays their importance through appointing the highest title one can receive. Once the title is passed on to the next generation, they become standard dukedoms and cease their royal role.

If the royal family lineage dies out, the name becomes extinct. Current vacant titles include the Duke of Cumberland, Hereford and Windsor.

Controversially, in our feminist age, the law currently only allows for dukedoms to be passed on to male heirs.

If Harry and Meghan have daughters, they will become Ladies, unless the Queen amends the rule. An amendment can be a possibility as her official royal website strongly claims, “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist”.

What do you think about royals not living in their namesake dukedoms? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. 

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