Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will no longer be able to use the word "royal" in their branding after stepping down from the royal fam.
In a new statement, they shadily mention that the Queen doesn't have jurisdiction over the use of the word overseas.
Welp, the drama over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepping down as senior members of the royal family isn't over just yet. Yesterday, the Duke and Duchess released a statement about their transition out of royal life, and it kind of sounds like they're not too happy with how the Queen is handling things—especially when it comes to letting Meghan and Harry use the word "royal."
ICYMI, Harry and Meghan said that they would no longer use their "royal" title after stepping down, however it's very prominent in their branding, from their @SussexRoyal Instagram handle to their website, sussexroyal.com—and they even tried to trademark it. But the Queen has banned them from using the word, and even though Harry and Meghan are complying with her wishes, their new statement points out that the Queen doesn't have the legal right to stop them from using it abroad. They wrote:
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.
The statement also adds:
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.
So, um, something tells me that Harry and Meghan's upcoming trip to England should be interesting!
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