Here's the Surprising Reason Why the Royals Don't Use Their Last Names

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May 01, 2018May 01, 2018

The Royals are some of the most famous people on the entire planet. Their family has been in the public eye for decades and their every move is chronicled by the constant eye of paparazzi and fans.

While everyone knows who they are, most people couldn't even tell you their last name! Now, it seems the surprising reason why the Royals rarely use their last name is answering that question for a lot of people.

According to Time, the Royals are typically so well known that they don’t need a last name to be recognized. “Members of the Royal Family can be known both by the name of the Royal house, and by a surname, which are not always the same,” the official royal website reads. “And often they do not use a surname at all.”

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If the Royals did decide to use their name, many people might be surprised. For example, Prince Harry’s full name could technically be Henry Charles Albert David Mountbatten-Windsor, and Markle could become Rachel Meghan Mountbatten-Windsor.

The Queen was actually born as Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor due to the fact that she was born in the house of Windsor. Likewise, Harry and William were known to have the last name of Wales when younger due to their father's official title.

“It was therefore declared in the Privy Council that The Queen’s descendants, other than those with the style of Royal Highness and the title of Prince/Princess, or female descendants who marry, would carry the name of Mountbatten-Windsor,” the official royal website reads.

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