This is a provocative suggestion – particularly to those of us who live in monarchies. I mean, in England, we have a queen. A queen! We have to call her things like “your majesty”. YOUR MAJESTY! Like she’s all majestic, like an eagle or a mountain. She’s just a person. A little old lady in a shiny hat – that we paid for. We should be calling her Mrs Windsor. In fact, that’s not even her real name, they changed it in the war to distract us from the inconvenient fact that they were as German as the enemy that teenage boys were being encouraged, conscripted actually, to die fighting. Her actual name is Mrs Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
Well, no, not really. Philip changed his name by deed poll to Mounbatten before their marriage. So she’s by conventional practices, Mrs. Mountbatten.
After all, the Saxe Coburg and Gotha came from Albert when he married Victoria. So men marrying the Monarch do bring their surnames with them.