Last week, royal fans were collectively taken aback when it was reported that Queen Elizabeth forbade Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from using “Sussex Royal” as their brand name. The reason? The couple has renounced their titles, effectively making them, well, not royalty.
From the sound of things, the Queen’s ruling was a massive pain for Harry and Meghan because they reportedly spent an inordinate amount of time trademarking “Sussex Royal,” but ultimately, what the Queen says goes, so the Sussexes have no choice but to change their business name — before they did, though, they had a few choice words about the situation.
Over the weekend, the Sussexes attempted to lay everything out on their website.
In addition to offering details about their future plans, the couple wrote this:
“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.”
In another part, Harry and Meghan brought up Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Explaining why they filed so many trademarks, they wrote:
“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.”
In other words, don’t come after them about trademarking — everyone in the royal family does it.
And in yet another part, they appeared to take a swipe at Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
Overall, it doesn’t seem royal fans have taken to the couple’s wording very kindly.
Although it seems like Megxit is being dragged on, sources say the Queen is over it.