The royal family is very particular about names. So much so that the queen doesn’t allow nicknames in public and follows some strict protocol when selecting official titles for her family members. On top of that, the royal family’s last name is a tad tricky — and only applies to certain members of the family. Did Meghan Markle legally change her name after marrying Prince Harry? Find out, ahead.
The royal family’s last name
While they might not use it, the royal family does have a last name. However, it wasn’t always that way. Before 1917, the royal family didn’t technically have a surname. But, when King George V declared Windsor as the family’s house name, he also marked it as the royal family’s last name. From then on, some royals used Windsor as a last name.
Then, when Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip married and ascended the throne, they added their own flair to the royal family’s last name. All descendants of the queen and her husband technically fall under the Mountbatten-Windsor side of the family tree. However, most of them don’t use it — and some use entirely different last names.