The royal family is famous together as just that, but individually, each member has their own title. The way they get them usually comes from the land which they own, and with so many royals we must wonder if they recycle titles?
A title can be received either by the monarch or at birth
Firstly, if a person is born into royalty, they will earn the title the day they come to this world. For example, when Prince Charles was born, he immediately got the title of the prince because the Quinn is his mother. Unlike that, titles such as duke and duchess can be assigned by the monarch, and they are given only to very important royals. The Quinn herself decides who will be granted which title, so she made Philip, Charles, William and Harry dukes which automatically makes their wives duchesses.
A connection between the titles duke and duchess with the land ownership
When the queen makes someone a duke, they receive the area of the Commonwealth as well. The official title of William and Kate is Prince William and Catherine Middleton, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The “of Cambridge” part means that the area was given to them to “rule” is the English city of Cambridge. Also, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, which has the same meaning.
Royal titles do get recycled
Even though royal titles aren’t recycled often, sometimes it does happen since the British territory isn’t large enough for all the dukes to get the part. James Stuart was named the first Duke of Cambridge, in 1664. The same title was given four times in the next 200 years. However, when Prince George died in 1904, the title went extinct. Then, more than a 100 years later, Queen Elizabeth gave the title to William and Kate.
The first Duke of Sussex
Despite this title not being so common, as the title of Duke of Cambridge, it was also recycled. The first Duke was Prince Augustus Frederick, who was the son of King George III, back in 1801. 175 years later, it was given the second time again, to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018. Since Autustos never asked for the monarch’s permission to marry his wives, none of them were duchesses, which makes Meghan the first Duchess of Sussex.