It is set to be the most talked about royal event of the year – Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle in May. Talk, however, has already turned to how the couple will be styled after their nuptials and bookmakers are seeing it as highly likely that Harry and Meghan will receive Scottish titles – Earl and Countess of Dumbarton being a favourite.
The Earldom of Dumbarton has been extinct for over 250 years though bookmakers have it at 3/1 second favourite behind the Earl and Countess of Ross. The military links with the Earldom of Dumbarton make it a perfect fit for Prince Harry, who served nine years in the Armed Forces.
Wendy Bosberry-Scott, co-editor of the reference book Debrett’s Peerage and Baronetage, commented on the likely contenders, “The Scottish title Prince Harry receives is likely to be an Earldom but there are very few clues here. One potential candidate is Ross, but this was last held by King Charles I – who was executed in 1649 – so it may well be considered unlucky. Dumbarton is another possibility but, at this point, it is merely speculation.”
The last Earl of Dumbarton was George Douglas who was born in 1687 and was a Scottish nobleman and soldier. He was the 2nd Earl of Dumbarton after inheriting the title from his father, also named George Douglas.
A spokesperson for McBookie commented, “History is pointing to Ross or Dumbarton but perhaps Forfar would be the perfect choice for a prince and his bride.”
It is expected that in England, Harry and Meghan will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Wendy Bosberry-Scott concluded, “Many factors will have to be considered before a suitable title is chosen.”
Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, on 19th May 2018. The couple’s engagement was announced in November 2017.