Meghan Markle and Prince Harry surprised fans when they announced they would be stepping back as senior members of the royal family, according to Fox News.
A spokesperson for the couple confirmed that they will refrain from using the word “royal” or “Sussex Royal” brand in any capacity going forward. Their reasoning cited “specific UK government rules.”
However, both Fox News and TMZ report that Harry and Meghan’s official website insists that the Queen does not have any ownership over the term “Royal.” They will not use the term, but this is a choice they have made and it’s not because the Queen owns the term.
“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,” Harry and Meghan wrote on their official website.
“We are pleased to now be able to share with you an update on many of the details agreed at a meeting of The Royal Family in January 2020, which outlines The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new roles, taking effect Spring 2020,” the post reads.
“We had hoped to be allowed to share these details with you sooner (to mitigate any confusion and subsequent misreporting), but the facts below should help provide some clarification around this transition and the steps for the future.”
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“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘Sussex Royal’ in any territory post-Spring 2020,” the spokesperson told People magazine.
But in a more lengthy post on Harry and Meghan’s official website, the pair detail exactly how the transition will take place while also insisting that the Queen does not have any ownership over the term “Royal.”
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The “Royal” debacle is just one of several changes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex touched upon in their “Spring 2020 Transition” post on their website on Friday.
The details outlined on the website include: a previously reported review period that will take place after 12 months; the Sussexes will be financially independent; they will retain but will not use their HRH — His or Her Royal Highness — titles; and they won’t make any “representative duties” on behalf of the Queen, but they will be allowed to maintain their patronages.
In addition, Prince Harry will still keep his place as sixth in line to the throne.