SUSS-EX ROYALS: Harry and Meghan to stop using royal branding in spring 2020

 

London, United Kingdom

VIJAY SHAH via ROBERT JOBSON/Evening Standard

 

Princess Meghan (Meghan Markle) and Prince Harry, who recently stepped down from royal duties to pursue life as entrepreneurs and celebrities, have been asked by Queen Elizabeth II to cease using their Sussex Royal trademarks after the spring season this year, according to a report by London-based newspaper, the Evening Standard.

The former royals, who sensationally quit the British royal family earlier this year to begin new lives in both the UK and Canada, came under fire for using the brand name ‘Sussex Royal’ with detractors claiming they were profiteering off the name of the monarch. They had already launched a Sussex Royal website and logo to be used for their charitable and commercial activities, but were opposed by the Queen herself.

 

A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan’s company told the Evening Standard: “While The Duke and Duchess are focused on plans to establish a new non-profit organisation, given the specific UK government rules surrounding use of the word ‘Royal’, it has been therefore agreed that their non-profit organisation, when it is announced this Spring, will not be named Sussex Royal Foundation.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘SussexRoyal’ in any territory post Spring 2020.

“Therefore the trademark applications that were filed as protective measures, acting on advice from and following the same model for The Royal Foundation, have been removed.”

The former royal couple also maintain an Instagram account, opened in March 2019. The account, with the handle ‘@SussexRoyal’ has around 11 million followers.

The duke and duchess of Wales had ongoing discussions with the Queen and royal household representatives, with the Queen considering the use of the word ‘royal’ for the couple’s commercial activities as being ‘untenable’, according to the newspaper. 

Harry and Meghan have a handful of royal appointments left to perform, with their final departure date set for March 31, 2020. Dubbed ‘Megxit’ by the British media, their date of leaving will see them working on both sides of the Atlantic. Meghan Markle, who was born in the U.S. state of California, spent much of her earlier acting career in Toronto, Canada, where she starred in the drama series Suits. Their office at Buckingham Palace will also close down on Megxit day, with many of their staff already having been laid off.

 

SOURCES: 

Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984

HEM News Agency, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind

“Harry and Meghan will not use ‘Sussex Royal’ after Spring 2020” – Robert Jobson, Evening Standard (21 February 2020) https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/harry-meghan-queen-sussex-royal-not-use-a4368701.html

 

 

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