Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s shocking announcement couldn’t have had better timing, since they recently obtained a trademark for their royal brand.
That’s right, the couple applied for a copyright stamp, which includes the “Sussex Royal” name and their joint charity, The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex submitted the paperwork back in June 2019, it wasn’t approved until December, just three weeks before they announced that they’re stepping down as “senior” members of the royal family.
The copyright is granted by the U.K.’s Intellectual Property Office. All it means is Prince Harry and Markle have complete control over the “Sussex Royal” name, which covers a variety of areas, including printed merchandise, clothing, charitable fundraising and social care services.
According to the official Intellectual Property Office’s website, the royal couple originally submitted the trademark in summer 2019. On December 19, the copyright was approved and published on the government agency’s website.
Prince Harry and Markle practically broke the internet yesterday when they revealed that they’re breaking from their royal duties. They announced the news on their official Instagram account and wrote, “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. 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.”
Talk about impeccable timing.