The Queen doesn't own the title 'Sussex Royal' overseas: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Published: February 23, 2020


Weeks after announcing they would step down as senior members of the royal family, the drama surrounding Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s exit is showing no signs of slowing down.

On Friday, it was revealed that the duo would no longer use the “Sussex Royal” moniker in their branding efforts after Queen Elizabeth forbid it, reported InStyle.

However, in a new statement, Meghan and Harry make it clear that they are only dropping the title in order to comply with the Britihs monarch’s wishes, explicitly pointing out that she legally has no right to stop them from using the term overseas.

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“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. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit (link in bio) Image © PA

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“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,” they said.

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Meanwhile, Meghan and Harry have removed their applications to trademark the term, which they admit were “filed as protective measures” and “reflected the same standard trademarking requests as done for The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.”

The website also implies that the Sussexes feel that they are being treated differently to other members who have sought employment outside the monarchy, highlighting how they are subject to a one-year review.

“While there is precedent for other titled members of the Royal Family to seek employment outside of the institution, for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, a 12-month review period has been put in place,” they pointed out.

If the statement is anything to go by, Meghan and Harry are clearly not happy with the way the Queen is handling their transition and are not afraid to let everyone know as much.

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