Meghan Markle Was Given the Title of Dr. Sussex on a Government Website, Apparently

Meghan Markle was briefly listed as having the title "Dr The Duchess of Sussex" on a government website this week, but the mistake was corrected.

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  • Thanks to what appears to be a clerical error, Meghan Markle was briefly listed as being a doctor on an official government website this week.
  • The error seems to have originated when Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, filed paperwork to close down their Sussex Royal (opens in new tab) Foundation.
  • Multiple royal sources confirmed to The Sun that Meghan is not, in fact, a doctor. 

Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) briefly got a new title this week when a government website listed her as "Dr The Duchess of Sussex."

The issue, reported by The Sun (opens in new tab), seems to have arisen when Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry (opens in new tab), submitted the paperwork required to officially shut down their Sussex Royal Foundation. Royal insiders believe that the mistake originated from a filing error by Companies House staff. According to The Sun, Meghan was listed as "HRH The Duchess of Sussex (opens in new tab)" on the business website before her title was inexplicably updated to read "Dr The Duchess of Sussex." The error was corrected as of Friday.

"We are currently looking into this matter," a spokesman for Companies House said.

The Sun spoke to several royal sources about Meghan's "doctor" (opens in new tab) title, all of whom agreed it was definitely a mistake because Meghan is not a doctor in any sense of the word.

"The duchess is definitely not a doctor," one royal source said.

"I must admit doing a double-take when I saw Meghan had been made a doctor," another added. "She has been called a lot of things but I had never heard Doctor Meghan."

So, there you have it: Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) is, sadly, not secretly a doctor. But, for the record, we totally would have believed it if it turned out she had been getting her PhD or attending medical school in secret, because she's that amazing.

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Kayleigh Roberts
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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.