Since Queen Elizabeth officially lowered the ax, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry can no longer call themselves Royals— even on their own pages. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex invested hundreds of thousands of pounds on a revamped Sussex Royal platform and their hugely popular Instagram feed pair tried to license Sussex Royal as a worldwide brand for a variety of items and events, including clothes, documents, books and social services.
Meg and Har have been told to drop the term “royal” from their “Sussex Royal” web branding As per the Daily Mail. They tried to lock up international rights for that brand as they roll out their own post-Megxit ventures, but they would be sent back to the drawing board by the new rule from HRH. As we mentioned, the Palace, pre-and-post-Megxit, had extensive debates about which names they could use. We already knew that their HRHs had been stripped.
Reportedly, the Royal order to use “royal” is because QE2 thinks it is unacceptable for Meghan and Harry since they’ve chosen to go their own direction. The Instagram account and personal website also carry the nickname “Sussex Royal” as of Tuesday. It’s unclear if the Queen gave them a tough deadline, but it’s a sign with royal defectors that she is taking a hard line. Email to century to come, maybe? The development is thought to represent a major blow to the Sussexes, who are now facing starting again and re-registering everything under a new label from their website to their charity.
This period last year, Harry and Meghan first began using the Sussex Royal name after dividing their home from that of Cambridge’s Duke and Duchess–identified as Kensington Palace. And as they secretly prepared for a new life in Canada, it was obvious that Sussex Royal was at the forefront of the plans for Harry and Meghan. For everything from bandanas to notebooks,
dozens of trademark applications have been made–although sources have always emphasized that these were preventive measures to protect the trademark from others and never intended for commercial use. The pair have created a new website for private use. It went live last month to coincide with their declaration of the scandal, with the introduction:’ Welcome to the Royal Sussex network, your conduit for details on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.’