According to reports, Meghan, 38, and Harry, 35, hoped to use their “Sussex Royal” name for not just a new website but a “global trademark for a range of items and activities, including clothing, stationery, books and teaching materials” and a new charity.
The Queen and other senior officials reportedly agreed to ban the former actress and the Invictus Games founder from using the word "royal" in their titles. The twosome will now have to "re-brand."
The couple started using the term in 2019 after they broke away from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s household, Kensington Royal. Meghan and Harry have taken steps to set up a new organization called Sussex Royal, The Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
A source divulged to Page Six, “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.”
“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 nonprofit organization," the insider added.
Meghan and Harry threw fans in a tizzy when they announced on Instagram on January 8 that they planned to step down from the royal family. “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” they began. “We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen."
The Queen spoke out on January 13 for the first time about the shocking news following an emergency family summit to discuss Meghan and Harry's decision. The monarch said in a statement at the time, "My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family."
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