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Days after Queen Elizabeth II banned grandson Harry and wife Meghan Markel from cashing in on the “Sussex Royal” brand, the existing royals acquiesced, confirming in a statement that the name will be dropped and their trademark applications have been withdrawn. And Markle is particularly unhappy over the Queen’s ban, reports say.
“While The Duke and Duchess are focused on plans to establish a new non-profit organisation, given the specific UK Government rules surrounding use of the word Royal, it has been therefore agreed that their non-profit organisation, when it is announced this Spring, will not be named Sussex Royal Foundation,” read a statement from the couple issued from a spokeswoman on Friday, The Washington Examiner reported.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘Sussex Royal’ in any territory post Spring 2020,” the spokeswoman continued. “Therefore, the trademark applications that were filed as protective measures, acting on advice from and following the same model for the Royal Foundation, have been removed.”
As noted by the Examiner, reports flew in the wake of the Queen’s “royal” ban, indicating Markle was upset over the move. “Meghan said she was upset about the news and that there was ‘nothing legally stopping’ her and Prince Harry from using the branding,” the report said.
The new mother, according to The Daily Mail, told friends that using the term “royal” “shouldn’t even be an issue in the first place and it’s not like they want to be in the business of selling T-shirts and pencils.”
“Meghan said she’s done with the drama and has no room in her life for naysayers, and the same goes for Harry,” a source told The Daily Mail.
As reported by The Daily Wire on Tuesday, the Queen decided that it was improper for Harry and Meghan to use the word “royal” in their branding since giving up on their royal duties.
“Harry and Meghan have spent tens of thousands of pounds on a new Sussex Royal website to complement their hugely popular Instagram feed,” a report from The Daily Mail noted. “They have also sought to register Sussex Royal as a global trademark for a range of items and activities, including clothing, stationery, books and teaching materials.”
The @SussexRoyal Instagram page currently has 11.2 million-plus followers; the name of the page will now have to be changed. Additionally, SussexRoyal.com, Harry and Meghan’s site, has an “update” that was posted on January 18, promising upcoming changes to the site, seemingly in-line with their renounced titles:
Update: 18th of January 2020
In line with the statement by Her Majesty The Queen, information on the roles and work of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be updated on this website in due course. We appreciate your patience and invite you to explore the site to see the current works of Their Royal Highnesses.
In January, Harry and Meghan dropped the shocking bombshell on the Queen that they would be leaving behind their royal duties and working to become financially independent. About a week after the announcement, her majesty financially cut off the couple and stripped them of their titles.