Prince Harry and his wife Meghan face being banned from using their ‘Sussex Royal’ label after stepping down as senior royals.
According to the Telegraph, the Queen and senior royal officials have deemed it no longer appropriate for the couple to continue using the term ‘royal’ in their branding since relocating to North America.
The couple had sought to register Sussex Royal as a worldwide trademark and apply it to a range of products, including clothing and merchandise.
Financially independent life
With Harry and Meghan committing themselves to a "financially independent" life, market experts suggested that the so-called 'Sussex brand' would have made them a fortune.
However, the couple are understood to have accepted they will not be able to use the title, with a source saying it "needed to be reviewed" after they announced they no longer wanted to be working members of the family.
The matter is a very sensitive one and neither the Sussexes’ spokesperson nor Buckingham Palace would comment directly on the decision last night (18 Feb).
Discussions are still ongoing
A royal source said, "As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are stepping back as senior members of the Royal Family and will work towards financial independence, use of the word 'Royal', in this context, needed to be reviewed. Discussions are still ongoing.
“As part of the process to transition The Duke and Duchess of Sussex into their new chapter - planning has been well underway around the launch of their new non profit organisation. Details will be shared in due course.”
The couple first used the Sussex Royal name after they created their own household last year, when they split from Prince William and Kate at Kensington Palace.
Prince Harry is due back in the UK next month before the Sussexes’ new arrangements come into effect in the Spring.
Work is still going on in Buckingham Palace to finalise Harry and Meghan’s departure – and this name change is part of the negotiations.