Prince Harry’s new fiancée could receive a royal moniker long before she’s a British citizen.
Meghan Markle, who is set to become the first American-born member of England’s royal family, can be given a title such as “duchess” without earning citizenship if Queen Elizabeth approves, TMZ reported.
It takes five years for someone to earn British citizenship, and Kensington Palace does not plan to make an exception for Markle, according to the celebrity gossip site.
But Queen Elizabeth has the authority to give a title to Markle before she becomes a citizen. Should the Queen make it happen, Markle would become the first person who isn’t a British citizen to receive a royal moniker.
Meghan Markle: Prince Harry’s fiance
Kate Middleton received the title of Duchess of Cambridge when she married Harry’s older brother, Prince William.
They began dating in 2016, and kept their relationship under wraps until it was first announced last fall.
Queen Elizabeth has the authority to give Markle a royal title before she becomes a citizen.
Markle had been starring on the USA series “Suits” when they began dating, but confirmed after the engagement that she was giving up acting.
Their wedding is scheduled for next May.