Southern seaside towns could reap benefits if Prince Harry becomes Duke of Sussex

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Sussex towns could see huge benefits if Prince Harry is given the Dukedom of the County on his wedding day.

The Prince is tipped to receive the title of Duke of Sussex when he marries Meghan Markle this weekend.

And, as many operators point out, the additional exposure for the county, should it acquire the world’s most famous newlyweds as its Duke and Duchess, could only be beneficial for the tourism industry as a whole.

Anne Ackord, chief executive of The Brighton Pier Group, said: “I think it would be a boost for Sussex to have its own Duke and Duchess and we will certainly invite them to the pier. A Royal visit to any part of Sussex would be good for tourism and raise our profile nationally.”

Peter Kyle MP for Hove and Portslade, said if the Prince were to receive the title it would be an “excellent way to shine a light on all the great things we have to offer in Sussex.”

Kyle said: “We can really benefit from the attention this can bring. They are not just a young couple, they are a youthful couple and combined they reflect very well the spirit and diversity that we have come to love in Brighton and in the rest of Sussex.”

Other titles the Prince may have bestowed on upon him include Kendal and Avondale, with a number of previously used titles also still available, such as Connaught, Clarence and Cumberland.

Nevertheless, genealogist, Charles Kidd, said he firmly believes the Duke of Sussex title will be given to Prince Harry.

Kidd said: “They’re quite limited in the titles that are available.

“The Duke of Sussex is the front-runner without any doubt.”

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