Why is Prince Harry known by that name when that clearly is not his name? (Picture: Yui Mok Б WPA Pool/Getty Images)
In case you hadnБt already heard, a certain and are planning to get hitched very soon. And when the announcement of their engagement came out, it revealed something very oddб Б that Prince HarryБs real name is actually Henry. Harry has been going by his nickname since he was a boy, but did you know his full name is Henry Charles Albert David? Plenty of people didnБt. So why on earth do we call him Harry and not Henry? The reason why Prince Harry is called Harry and not Henry by virtually everyone, despite whatБs on his birth certificate, is a bit obscure. The name Henry derives from the Old French name Henri, and over time (during the medieval period) the English versionб Б Harryб Б started to be used over here.
Most monarchs called Henry were referred to by those who knew them as Harry, including Henry VIII. When Princess Diana and Prince Charles announced their second sonБs name, the palace said that heБd be known officially as Prince Henry Charles Albert David, but just БHarryБ to his family and chums. A little Henry and a large Henry, both of which were eventually known by family and friends as Harry (Pictures: People/ Getty) As the prince grew up, he was just referred to by Kensington Palace, and therefore the Press, and the public at large, as Prince Harry. So thatБs why Henry has just remained an БofficialБ title. ThatБs not the only rather obsolete part of HarryБs name.
All descendants of the Queen have a surnameб Б Mountbatten-Windsor, a combo of Prince Philip and Elizabeth IIБs namesб Б which barely get any use. To make things even more confusing, the real name of HarryБs fiancee Meghan Markle is actually Rachel. The happy couple, Henry and Rachel (Picture: AP) She shares her birth name with the character that made her famous in Suits Б Rachel Zane. When the couple actually get hitched, they will be formally known as Prince Henry of Wales and Princess Rachel of Wales. MORE: MORE: Harry or Henry? (Picture: Getty) In case you didnБt hear, a certain and Meghan Markle formally announced their engagement today. б It had been coming for days, but a lot of people were not expecting to find out HarryБs real name is actually Henry.
Harry has been going by his nickname since he was a boy, but did you know his full name is Henry Charles Albert David? Plenty of people didnБt and spent today having their minds blown. Some even suggested Clarence House made a royal БtypoБ in the announcement confirming the engagement. Say what??? Harry is a Henry! (Picture: Reuters) Twitter was typically rocked by the revelationБ To make things even more confusing, Meghan MarkleБs real name is actually Rachel. Yup, she shares her birth name with the character that made her famous in Suits Б Rachel Zane. Horse dumped in a pensioner\’s garden when granddaughter, 13, put address on Facebook When the couple actually get hitched, they will be formally known as Prince Henry of Wales and Princess Rachel of Wales.
Let that settle in. The beaming pair gave their first interview together a few hours ago and we found out exactly how Harry proposed Б he did it. БIt was such an amazing surprise,Б Meghan told the BBCБs Mishal Hussain. БIt was so sweet, so natural and very romantic. He got on one knee. Б Asked if she said yes right away, she replied: БOh yes, I barely let you [Harry] finish proposing. БI was like, БCan I say yes now? ББ And Harry added: БYes, and I had the ring in my finger and was like, Бcan I give you the ring now? Б БThe fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was the perfect indication for me that the stars were aligned. This beautiful woman fell into my life, and I fell into her life. Б MORE: MORE: