The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Have Not Actually Visited Sussex

Hundreds of years ago, when pop-up toasters, bras, and penicillin didn't yet exist, if you were lucky enough to be named an English duke of a town, that meant you basically inherited all the land that goes with it. Sweet gig, right?

Thankfully for the actual residents of those areas, today things work a little differently. But that hasn't stopped Queen Elizabeth from bestowing dukedom and duchessdom to members of her family, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The newlyweds became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex once they got married, and while those titles designate nobility and don't come with ruler perks, they still matter to the royals.

Which makes it all the more surprising that as of right now, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not yet visited Sussex. Weird, right?

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Kensington Palace announced Thursday that Harry and Meghan will have their first-ever visit to their namesake on Oct. 3, a day after Kate Middleton returns from maternity leave. They've got a jam-packed schedule for when they visit, but that's to be expected, since they're getting to know the place they're literally named after.

It might seem strange to some that this visit didn't happen months ago, but compared to Prince William and Kate Middleton, Harry and Meghan are actually speedy. Will and Kate are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and after marrying in April 2011, it took them until November 2012 to finally make an official trip.

In comparison, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are miles ahead.

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