Published: Sat, February 22, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Queen Elizabeth could ban Harry, Meghan from using Sussex Royal brand

Queen Elizabeth could ban Harry, Meghan from using Sussex Royal brand

Prince Harry seems to be adjusting to his new life after stepping down from the royal family smoothly and swimmingly.

Now, according to global media reports, Harry and Meghan may have to drop the word "royal" from their branding. "Details will be shared in due course".

There have also been talks of registering the term "Sussex Royal" as a global trademark-with the expectation for use on items ranging from clothing, books, stationery, and other merchandise.

A source previously told People magazine how the Duke and Duchess felt "a weight had been lifted off their shoulders" after deciding to step back from the royal family.

Harry remains to be a prince since he was made one at delivery and his resolution to depart royal life behind gained't change that.

Harry and Meghan's new arrangement will begin as of March 31, 2020.

Meanwhile, the duo will be back in the United Kingdom in the next few weeks to complete around six formal engagements, including Prince Harry's attendance at an Invictus Games event with singer Jon Bon Jovi next week. Also, the couple's office, which looked after their royal engagements, located in the Buckingham Palace would be shut down from 1st April.

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"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", a royal source said.

The news comes after reports that the palace had banned the couple from using the word "royal" in any of their branding, casting the future of their new Sussex Royal website, which they launched last month, into doubt. Prince Harry will retain the ranks of Major, Lieutenant Commander, and Squadron Leader - but during the 12-month trial period, Harry's honorary military positions will not be used.

Meghan and Harry had been hoping to launch their new charitable organisation, Sussex Royal, The Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, later this year but the name will have to be rethought.

Queen Elizabeth II said the agreement followed months of discussions and was a "constructive and supportive" way forward for her grandson and his family after Prince Harry and Meghan had announced plans to step back as senior royals.

Fans have also wondered whether or not Meghan and Harry will retain their titles, including the ones that don't involve "His Royal Highness" and "Her Royal Highness", such as "Duke and Duchess of Sussex".

"In general, the themes of their cause related work will remain unchanged, which includes the Commonwealth, community, youth empowerment and mental health, collectively".

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