Harry and Meghan to be barred from using ‘Sussex Royal’ brand

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex face being banned from using their self-anointed ‘Sussex Royal’ label after stepping down as senior royals, it emerged last night. 

It is no longer appropriate for the couple, who have relocated to North America with their son Archie, to continue using the term ‘royal’ in their branding, the Queen and senior officials are expected to conclude.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on October 15, 2019 in London, England.© 2019 Mark Cuthbert Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on October 15, 2019 in London, England.The Duke and Duchess launched their ‘SussexRoyal’ website after announcing they were stepping back from the monarchy in January. They also made applications to trademark the ‘Sussex Royal’ brand for a wide array of products.

However, the couple are understood to have accepted they will not be able to use the title, with a source saying it “needed to be reviewed” after they announced they no longer wanted to be working members of the family. 

They first employed the label on their Instagram page after splitting their household from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They were expected to use the moniker for their new charitable organisation, slated to be launched later in the year. 

Queen Elizabeth ll and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to view a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF) on July 10, 2018 in London, England.© 2018 Anwar Hussein Queen Elizabeth ll and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to view a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF) on July 10, 2018 in London, England.A royal source said last night: “As The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are stepping back as senior Members of the Royal Family and will work towards financial independence, use of the word ‘Royal’, in this context, needed to be reviewed. Discussions are still ongoing.

WIDNES, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex  during a visit to the Catalyst Museum by the Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex. This is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)© 2018 Mark Cuthbert WIDNES, ENGLAND – JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a visit to the Catalyst Museum by the Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex. This is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)“As part of the process to transition The Duke and Duchess of Sussex into their new chapter –  planning has been well underway around the launch of their new non profit organisation. Details will be shared in due course.”

Source: Telegraph.co.uk

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