This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 01/04/2017.
Prince Harry will be known as the Duke of Croydon when he gets married
Everyone’s favourite member of the Royal Family, Prince Harry, will be given the title the Duke of Croydon when he gets married, it has been announced.
It is understood that His Royal Highness has chosen the title himself due to the seriously good time he had in the borough during the late 2000s.
The press was banned from reporting it at the time but Harry and brother William spent most Saturday nights in the town’s pubs and clubs for a number of years.
They would normally start off in The George or The Goose and end up in either Reflex, Tiger Tiger or Yates’s – depending on which one was doing the best deals on alcopops.
A source close to the Royal Family explained: “Everyone thinks that the princes spend every weekend ski-ing, playing polo or shooting pheasants.
“But the reality is they are really normal guys. Rather than pretentious clubs in Chelsea or Mayfair they would prefer to head to Croydon where nobody was that bothered about how stinking rich they were.
“They had some epic nights out, although Harry was barred from Walkabout for a while after a bouncer found him and a young woman from New Addington getting a little bit too frisky on the dancefloor.
“After a particularly heavy night they would often stay in a local Travelodge and then go for a Toby Carvery on the Sunday before heading back to Buckingham Palace for that week’s royal engagements.”
Harry has now put his partying days behind him and there is speculation that he may soon propose to girlfriend Meghan Markle.
When royals that everyone’s heard of get married it has been tradition since dinosaur times for them to get a posh new title and a couple of palaces.
Prince Willian went for the Duke of Cambridge because it is also the name of a pub in Peckham where he used to play dominoes with Prince Edward when back from university for the summer.
It was thought that Harry would go for the Duke of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch as his new title just to annoy royal reporters on the news.
But it is understood he wants to show how much his secret nights out in Croydon meant to him.
It is thought the Queen approves of the decision and even suggested he consider being called the Duke of Thornton Heath as she has fond memories of some really heavy nights out there with Prince Philip when they were courting.
Philip was famously banned from a number of pubs there in the late 1940s due to his habit of challenging locals to sword fights which often got well out of hand.