Meghan Markle Has Stopped Signing Her Last Name Since Marrying Prince Harry

The members of the royal family don't have an official last name, per se, but Meghan Markle has changed her name a bit since joining the monarchy. The former actress has stopped signing her last name since marrying Prince Harry.

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When two humans decide to combine their lives, both are bound to have to change, at least a little. Sometimes those changes are relatively small, like opening yourself up to trying a new brand of toothpaste and other times they're really big, like deciding to legally change your name. Since her high-profile royal wedding in May, Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) seems to have made a name change of her own. (opens in new tab)

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While the members of the royal family don't exactly have a last name in the same way we normals do, their first name only styling is a kind of mark of membership to the family in and of itself. Since marrying Prince Harry, Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) appears to have dropped the "Markle" from her name — or, at very least from her signature.

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Here's a picture of Meghan's (opens in new tab) signature from late March, almost two months before the royal wedding, when she signed the visitors book signed at the Titanic Belfast maritime museum in Belfast, Nothern Ireland:

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Last week, Meghan and Harry (opens in new tab) traveled to their namesake, Sussex, (opens in new tab) where they signed the visitors book at Edes House in Chichester, West Sussex (opens in new tab).

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Pictures of Meghan's entry in the guestbook show just how much the Duchess' (opens in new tab) signature has changed since she became a royal. First, and most noticeably, Meghan (opens in new tab) has cleaned up her signature considerably, taking it from celebrity autography scribble to perfectly legible royal scrawl. Second, as Express (opens in new tab) points out, there doesn't seem to be any sign of her last name, Markle, in the revamped signature.

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Like her husband, Harry (opens in new tab), Meghan is now on a first name only basis with the world.

Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.