In a new statement, the Sussexes accused the Queen of bias towards them while stating that the Queen of England does not control the use of the word ‘Royal’ across the world.
They added that in spite of this, they would stop using the word in their branding from now on.
This is coming more than a month after the couple made a shock announcement that they would step back from being senior royals. This move cost them their HRH titles and required them to return the £2.4 million that they received to refurbish Frogmore cottage.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reportedly spent a lot of money on trying to secure trademarks for ‘Sussex Royal’ around which they’d planned to center their new branding.
It looks like that plan has been foiled and they have shared a message in that regard on their website. Read below:
“As shared in early January on this website, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not plan to start a ‘foundation’, but rather intend to develop a new way to effect change and complement the efforts made by so many excellent foundations globally.
“The creation of this non-profit entity will be in addition to their cause driven work that they remain deeply committed to. 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 will not utilise the name ‘Sussex Royal’ or any other iteration of ‘Royal.’
“For the above reason, the trademark applications that had been filed as protective measures and that reflected the same standard trademarking requests as done for The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have been removed.
“While there is not any jurisdiction by The Monarchy or Cabinet Office over the use of the word ‘Royal’ overseas, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘Sussex Royal’ or any iteration of the word ‘Royal’ in any territory (either within the UK or otherwise) when the transition occurs Spring 2020.
“As The Duke and Duchess of Sussex continue to develop their non-profit organisation and plan for their future, we hope that you use this site as the source for factual information. In Spring 2020, their digital channels will be refreshed as they introduce the next exciting phase to you.”