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Baron Kilkeel is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created on 19 May 2018 by Queen Elizabeth II as a subsidiary title for her grandson Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, upon the occasion of his marriage to Meghan Markle.[3] It is named after the small fishing port of Kilkeel, County Down, with a population of 6,887, in the District of Newry, Mourne and Down in Northern Ireland.[3] On the same day, he was also created Duke of Sussex and Earl of Dumbarton.[4] Traditionally, male members of the royal family are granted at least one title on their wedding day by the monarch.[5]

Barony of Kilkeel
Coat of Arms of Harry, Duke of Sussex.svg
Arms of Prince Henry, Duke of Sussex, the present Baron Kilkeel
Creation date19 May 2018 (announced)[1]
16 July 2018 (Letters Patent)[2]
MonarchElizabeth II
PeeragePeerage of the United Kingdom
First holderPrince Henry, Duke of Sussex
Present holderPrince Henry, Duke of Sussex
Heir apparentArchie Mountbatten-Windsor
Remainder tothe 1st Baron's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten[2]



Prior to 2018, there had never been a noble title connected to Kilkeel (from Irish: Cill Chaoil, meaning "church of the narrow"[6][7]), which lies within the historic barony of Mourne.[8] In the Middle Ages, it was said to be the centre of power of the Mugdorna (Múrna, Mughdorna, Mourne), an Irish tribe.[9] It is located near the Mourne Mountains and is used as the base for a large fishing fleet.[10][9]

The barony was newly created to allow Prince Harry to hold a Northern Irish title.[11] The title of the barony was discussed between the Queen and Prince Harry privately; however, the Queen was the one who chose the title to bestow.[12]

First creation, 2018Edit

Baron Portrait Birth Marriages Death
Prince Harry
House of Windsor
also: Duke of Sussex and Earl of Dumbarton (2018)
  15 September 1984
St Mary's Hospital, London
son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer
Meghan Markle
19 May 2018
1 child, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor
now 34 years, 301 days old

Line of successionEdit


  1. ^ Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle: Announcement of Titles, The Royal Household, 19 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b "No. 62358". The London Gazette. 20 July 2018. p. 12928.
  3. ^ a b "Harry and Meghan appointed Baron and Baroness of Kilkeel". Belfast Telegraph. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  4. ^ Dewan, Angela. "Duke and Duchess of Sussex: Harry and Meghan's new titles". CNN. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to become Duke and Duchess of Sussex". USA Today. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  6. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  7. ^ Placenames NI
  8. ^ "Kilkeel". IreAtlas Townlands Database. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Royal wedding 2018: Harry becomes Baron Kilkeel". BBC News. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  10. ^ Press Association 2017. "Baron of Kilkeel is Prince Harry's Northern Irish title". Windsor Observer. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Baron of Kilkeel is Prince Harry's Northern Irish title". Belfast Telegraph. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  12. ^ Post reply (19 May 2018). "Harry becomes the Duke of Sussex and the Earl of Dumbarton". The Herald. Retrieved 19 May 2018.