While Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle continue their move away from the Monarchy and family, the couple had few things to say in response to the Queen banning them from using the word Royal in their branding.
“While there is not any jurisdiction by The Monarchy or Cabinet Office over the use of the word “Royal” overseas, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use “Sussex Royal” or any iteration of the word “Royal” in any territory (either within the UK or otherwise) when the transition occurs Spring 2020,” the statement on their website read in part.
Earlier this year, Harry and Meghan decided to go it alone and leave the royal family. But not before the Queen had something say about it.
“I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family,” read the statement.”I recognize the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.”
With that statement the Queen decided that the couple cannot use the word royal in their branding. This was a blow to the couple because the play was to capitalize on their Sussex Royal brand. Their Instagram account, which broke a record for the fastest time to hit 1 million followers in 6 hours, is labeled as such and now can no longer be used.
The website statement continued, “While there is precedent for other titled members of the Royal Family to seek employment outside of the institution, for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, a 12-month review period has been put in place. Per the agreement The Duke and Duchess of Sussex understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties and not undertake representative duties on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. The trademark applications that had been filed as protective measures and that reflected the same standard trademarking requests as done for The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have been removed.”
We’re fairly sure this won’t be the end of the battle between the Monarchy and the Prince and his American wife. Stay tuned.