Why Kate Middleton’s Family Received A Coat Of Arms, But Meghan Markle's Family Didn’t?

Date May 28, 2018

The new Duchess of Sussex received her coat of arms, which, according to tradition, shows that she is an official member of the royal family.


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Meghan worked closely with the College of Arms to create the perfect Coat of Arms design that could represent her on a personal level. The design was approved by the Queen and Garter King of Arms.

The blue background of the shield represents the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, while the two golden rays across the shield are symbolic of the sunshine of The Duchess's home state. The three quills represent communication and the power of words. Beneath the shield on the grass sits a collection of golden poppies, California's state flower, and wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace.

Meghan’s coat of arms is very differed from Kate's one. Kate’s was granted to her father Michael Middleton and created for her whole family. But Meghan's one represents just herself and was not given to her father. But why such difference?

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According to the royal tradition, a coat of arms represents the family of a royal it is given to, and the patriarch of the family usually receives it.


Kate’s coat of arms has an acorn that represents her and her two siblings, while a gold band that represents her mother.


There was no official statement as to why Meghan’s father Thomas Markle Sr. didn’t receive a coat of arms, but many think it would be too complicated to award it to Thomas, who didn’t attend the royal wedding, reportedly due to health problems. He was also involved in a scandal where he admitted staging photos for paparazzi.

That might be the reason why Meghan’s coat of arms consists of elements that represent only her. Nonetheless, it looks very impressive!

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