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Did Meghan Markle Legally Change Her Name?

Meghan name change

For a woman who claims to have hated her time as a royal, Meghan Markle appears to have made a name change. A big thank you to a fantastic source (you know who you are) for pointing this out. So, in recent tax documents for Archewell, Meghan is listed as ‘Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex’, not ‘Rachel Meghan Markle.’

We know there will be sugars who say, “You’re an idiot. It’s her name.” Here’s the thing: you might actually be right. There was a rumour a while ago stating that Meghan had done a massive name change on all her documentation, including her passport and likely her driver’s licence so everything reflected her new life.

For the life of us, we cannot find the rumour again. However, there might be some credence to it. Our reasoning for this comes from the drama surrounding Meghan’s name change on Archie’s birth certificate. At the time, the Sussexes blamed Buckingham Palace for the edit.

Initially, the birth certificate read in the mother column, “Rachel Meghan, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex”, before it was changed to omit Meghan’s name and leave in “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.” The image below is the original version of the birth certificate.

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This second image explains what was changed.

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Publications Have Changed Meghan’s Name In Their Social Media Post Description And The Domains

There have also been countless outlets that have removed and then reposted social media posts regarding Meghan. In the original posts, she was called Meghan Markle before a name change was done to refer to her as The Duchess of Sussex.

There is another aspect to this, and that’s the domain names. Some time ago, some decided to check to see if any domains were registered either by Meghan or her team, and they found a ton of domains reserved before she and Harry were even married. It was also confirmed to Town and Country Magazine when their daughter was born.

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Meghan knew just months after she met Harry that she would marry him. In the image above, the first couple of domains are the following:


The first two were registered in November 2016, while the third was registered in May 2017. Meghan knew she would undergo a name change because she knew Harry was desperate to get married and have children. Also, the Duchess of Sussex domain tells us she DID know how titles worked and who the family was.

Proof Meghan DID Research Harry

When William and Harry’s uncle Prince Edward was to be married to Sophie Rhys-Jones, there were two dukedoms he could have gotten: Cambridge (which eventually when to William) and Sussex (which went to Harry). Instead, Edward asked to be made the Earl of Wessex, after Colin Firth’s character in Shakespeare in Love. It was later announced that after the deaths of both his parents, he would become the Duke of Edinburgh.

So when the Cambridge title was given to William, it became apparent that he would get the Duke of Sussex when he married. It also backs up what Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne told Tom Bower about how she warned Meghan about dating Harry only to be told that Markle had thoroughly researched him.

Finally, in California, you can change your name to anything as long as it doesn’t have special characters. One example is how Elon Musk and Grimes had to alter their son’s name.

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C.J. Hawkings has written for the now-defunct Entertainment website, Movie Pilot and the still functioning WhatCulture and ScreenRant. She prides herself as a truth seeker and will do (almost) anything for coffee or Coke No Sugar. Oh! And food!

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