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'Call Me Harry' Sounds Nice, but Didn't Meghan Want a Prince?

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By Erin Brundige

For that matter, don't we all? Speaking at an event in Scotland this week, His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David, the Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton, and Baron Kilkeel, requested to be introduced to his audience as just "Harry." Which begs the question- if attendees at a tourism conference wanted to hear insights from Prince Henry Charles Albert David, are they ok with settling for the thoughts of a bloke named Harry? And for that matter, is his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, content with plain old Harry too?

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Her Love Isn't Blind

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It's well known by now that before she became a duchess, Meghan Markle was already on the prowl for a prince. Three years before meeting Harry, the Suits star enlisted the help of TV personality Lizzie Cundy in finding a "famous British man." Her own sister Samantha even informed the world prior to her wedding to Prince Harry that the relatively unknown actress had long aspired to be a princess. While it may have been love at first sight, there's no question that Prince Harry had been chosen as Markle's next husband based on pre-determined criteria.

Lest We Forget...

Trevor Engelson and Meghan Markle
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In fairness, the Duchess wouldn't be the first woman who seems to have chosen a husband (or two) for strategic reasons. But she may be one of the few to have done it multiple times. Her first husband, Trevor Engelson, was already a film producer when he met Markle, who had not yet even reached the status of a Suitcase Girl on "Deal or No Deal." It was undoubtedly Engelson's connections that helped Markle break in to Hollywood and begin the career that would lead her to a starring role on "Suits."

Back to Canada

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But in a strangely familiar event, the two divorced after a mere two years when, it is said, the strain of Engelson remaining in LA for work and Markle acting in Canada proved too much for the marriage. Now that the strain of privileged royal life has proved too much for the Duke and Duchess, resulting in a mad dash back across the pond to Canada, it seems the two are content to forge a new existence without the restrictions of representing the Crown.

All That Glitters is Not Royal

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But with the freedom and ability to earn their own income they have found in Canada, the Sussexes also faced a surprise- the Queen did not approve of their use of the world "royal" for their own purposes. In a bitingly-worded statement on their website, the pair specifically noted that the Queen does not have jurisidction over the word "royal" overseas, but take the position that the couple have elected not to use it. And although the Sussexes would have us believe that they have no regrets about their new life, the bitter tone of their statement speaks otherwise. While Harry seems ready to drop his royal title, one has to wonder if Meghan will drop hers in public so willingly. After all, when the royal luster has rubbed off the pair, all that remains is Meghan and Harry. Will they be enough for the world? Will he be enough for Meghan? Time will tell.

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