Meghan Markle breaks another royal tradition: receives a Coat of Arms

Meghan Markle has received her very own personal coat of arms; traditionally it would be given to her father.

Emily Treadgold

Another break with tradition for the royal family. Meghan Markle received her own coat of arms. 


Usually, a coat of arms is given to the father-of-the-bride, but amid the scandals with her father, it was decided to deliver Markle the gift.


The former actress worked with the College of Arms to create the design. The blue background represents the Pacific Ocean, and the gold rays across the shield represent her hometown of Los Angeles.

A Coat of Arms has been created for The Duchess of Sussex. The design of the Arms was agreed and approved by Her Majesty The Queen and Mr. Thomas Woodcock (Garter King of Arms and Senior Herald in England), who is based at the College of Arms in London.

Kensington Palace

The three quills represent the power of words. Beneath the shield is a collection of poppies, the state flower of California, and wintersweet which grows at Kensington Palace.


Markle has been keeping busy traveling around the world with her new husband Prince Harry, and she's been adjusting to her new role as Duchess of Sussex.