CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Sussex Life today CLICK HERE

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex: How to address the royal couple, where they’ll live and more

PUBLISHED: 10:44 10 July 2018

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex exit St George's Chapel (Credit: Neil Hall/UPI Photo/Newscom/Alamy Live News)

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex exit St George's Chapel (Credit: Neil Hall/UPI Photo/Newscom/Alamy Live News)

Credit: Newscom / Alamy Stock Photo

From addressing them to their coat of arms, we run through a quick guide to the new duchy of Sussex

How to address the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex

According to Adam and Charles Black’s Titles and Forms of Address a royal prince or royal duke should always be addressed in the first instance as Your Royal Highness and subsequently Sir. Royal princesses or royal duchesses should be called Your Royal Highness in the first instance, and Ma’am thereafter. A letter should be addressed: “To His (or Her) Royal Highness the Duke (or Duchess) of Sussex.” It should start Sir or Madam, and be concluded with: “I have the honour to be Sir (or Madam), Your Royal Highness’s most humble and obedient servant.”

The Duke of Sussex’s other titles

On his wedding day Prince Harry was also granted the subsidiary titles of Earl of Dumbarton in Scotland and Baron Kilkeel in Northern Ireland.

Official residence

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s official residence is Kensington Palace.

The groups and charities the Duke of Sussex supports

The Duke of Sussex is an honorary member of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, honorary air commandant with Royal Air Force Honington, Captain General with the Royal Marines, Commodore-in-chief of the Royal Navy Command’s Small Ships and Diving, president of African Parks, Youth Ambassador to the Commonwealth and Honorary Life Member of the Royal Ontario Museum. He is patron of the Rugby Football Union and Rugby Football League, Rugby Football Union Injured Players Foundation, Rugby Football Union All Schools Programme, Silverstone Heritage Experience/Motorsport World, Wellchild and the London Marathon. Internationally he is patron of Dolen Cymru and Sentebale which both support people in Lesotho, the Invictus Games Foundation, Mapaction, and Rhino Conservation Botswana. He is joint patron, alongside his brother the Duke of Cambridge, of the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund, which supports projects to lift children out of poverty in Uganda, and is founder patron, with the Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, of the Royal Foundation which focuses on programmes concerned with mental health, wildlife and conservation, young people and the armed forces community. Find out more at

The Duchess of Sussex’s coat of arms

A coat of arms was created by Thomas Woodcock, garter king of arms and senior herald in England, for the Duchess of Sussex following her wedding. It is shown side-by-side with the Duke’s already existing shield and his supporter of a lion.

The design, which was approved by HM The Queen, is on a blue background representing the Pacific Ocean, with two golden rays symbolising the Californian sunshine. Three quills represent communication and the power of words. The grass supporting the shield features a mix of California’s state flower, the golden poppy, and the wintersweet which grows at Kensington Palace. It is supported on the right by a songbird with an open beak, again representing communication, with a coronet composed of two crosses patée, four fleur-de-lys and two strawberry leaves.

More on Sussex…

The history of Horsham - One of the prettiest streets in West Sussex, a Romantic poet and a surprising number of executions make an historical tour of Horsham a memorable experience for Clive Agran

The history of Brighton - Clive Agran gets a new perspective on the much loved seaside city of Brighton


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sussex Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sussex Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sussex Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from People

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Academy Award nominee, beloved comedienne, and organic cattle herder: Dame Julie Walters is certainly a woman of many talents both on and off the screen

Read more
Monday, November 12, 2018

This year marks the bicentenary of Mary Shelley’s horror novel Frankenstein. Amanda Hodges explores its Sussex connections

Read more
Monday, November 12, 2018

As giant snails take over Brighton and Hove between September and November 2018, Sally Turner speaks to an artist behind two distinctive snail designs about what inspired her creations

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search