Question for the Sunday after THE Wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are now married.
They have been given Royal titles and are now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

Their images are known the world over. 

They will be introduced and addressed everywhere as "Their Royal Highnesses".

However, there may be occasion to introduce and address them as Mr. and Mrs.....

But Mr. and Mrs. Who?

Here's the question:

What's their last name?

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Comment by Ron Powell on May 20, 2018 at 7:41am

Hint: Most of the people Google-searching this question live in the UK.

Comment by Boanerges on May 20, 2018 at 7:54am

It's complicated, and I'm not sure I've got it all right.

While serving his two tours in Afghanistan with the Blues and Royals of the Household Cavalry, he was known as Capt. Harry Wales. However, the family name is Windsor, changed by George V during the First War.

Queen Elizabeth decided that to distinguish her descendants, they'd be known as Mountbatten-Windsor (Prince Philip's surname is Mountbatten). At least one source says her name could now be Rachel Meghan Mountbatten-Windsor. Confused? I am.

In addition, Harry and Meghan are now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, adding another layer. Harry was also given the titles of Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on May 20, 2018 at 8:15am

Mr. and Mrs. "Why the hell would you spend over $42 million freaking dollars on a wedding when you could have used it for something worthwhile?"

P.S.  I know that is a long last name, but you can shorten it to "Entitled gits!" if you'd like.

Comment by Anna Herrington on May 20, 2018 at 9:03am

I love that they spent $42 million just so I could get up in the middle of the night to see the romantic fairy tale  ; )

(and I am not one speck romantic, in general...)

This weekend's wedding was watched by estimated 2 billion people across the globe, the most watched event ever.

And taking the practical view for the royals:  considering The Commonwealth only recently *barely* decided to keep Prince Charles as Commonwealth head as he's so unpopular a royal, the $42 million wasn't a bad investment for those particular royals to invest to help ensure those in the commonwealth will more happily stay in the future, now Harry and Meghan...er... the Duke and Duchess/etc. will the more modern face of royals interacting with the commonwealth countries...

The British royals have managed to stay in existence for a thousand years while most other monarchies have fallen to the republic wayside. They know they need to continue to stay relevant, ie: having the appearance and duties of serving The People - and Prince Charles certainly doesn't cut it very well, as far as that popular opinion goes (although he is an excellent environmentalist but that doesn't trickle down in people's minds and hearts so much). Harry's generation does, and Harry, er...Duke Mountbatten-Windsor himself does, and Ms. Markle....er.... Duchess Mountbatten-Windsor.... is clearly part of that calculation. 

Plus all the love.

Adapt or die.

(And really, governments have spent much more $$$ for much worse sh**, frankly, routinely. The resulting global good will for Prince Charles in his stepping up for Meghan Markle and her mother at the wedding was, for him, priceless. Literally.)

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on May 20, 2018 at 9:34am

Now, and forever, the bloodline of the oldest world-wide empire will be, in part, African. That's worth quite a bit, a royal family starting to disassemble in a day some ages-old rigid stratifications.

And, Amy:  it's hardly as if that $42M would have been necessarily earmarked for something about which you would nod in approval. 

Comment by Foolish Monkey on May 20, 2018 at 9:45am

So far as I know the present royals are the house of Windsor.  

Didnt watch the whole shebang.  I don’t have much interest in modern royalty. After Charles and Diana and the rest, for me the bloom is off the rose.

But I did watch some highlights and the fashion commentary.  Mrs George Clooney was ravishing in her bumblebee yellow but the rest looked silly. Gah to all the stupid hats.  My grandmother was a haberdasher and I think she would have puked at the idiot swirls with headbands.  No class.  The exceptions were the queen in her roaring lime and purple and the brides mother in subdued fresh spring green.  The rest were a predictable yawn of expensive nonfashion  

IMO after this queen this song and dance is done.  I delighted watching her twitch after the preacher gave his typically ebullient and Jesusy home style dedication to the couple.  In fact many knickers wadded-up and squeezed tight.    I give props to Charlie who was generous and gentlemanly towards both mother and daughter in the face of a missing father of the bride.

This is surely a new age and dollars to donuts these young couples may be the last to enjoy this outdated historical theater. Even evoking Diana was a reminder of the excess and stupidity of the whole thing.  After all it was the bullshit and hysteria that killed that perfectly nice woman. 

Comment by Ron Powell on May 20, 2018 at 10:01am

@Amy;  Chances are the 42 million is a "bare bones" budget for a wedding that may well have cost 3 times as much....

Some of the money went to that gospel  choir...Just getting them there and providing appropriate accommodations would have been enough to crush the,wedding budget of the average black family in the US...

In addition some of the estimated cost includes the estimatedvalue" of certain amenities which were available to the couple on the house/free of charge...

In the US the tradition is the cost of the wedding is borne by the father of the bride....

Given that the Queen wouldn't think of having her grandson marry on a commoners resources and that Meghan is, indeed, African American, think of the 42 million as an installment on reparations....

Sometimes, it's good to be the Queen and in possession of more money than you can count....

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