Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, aka The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have posted a new statement on their website saying that “the Queen does not own the word royal across the world” after they were forced to drop their ‘Sussex Royal’ brand.
Just hours after announcing they would stop using the word ‘royal’ they posted a new statement in insisting on keeping their HRH titles even though they would not ‘actively use’ them.
Many believe that the second statement has a little bit more of a hostile tone to it.
“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.”
Continuing to say that they will step back from Royal duties.
‘Per the agreement The Duke and Duchess of Sussex understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties and not undertake representative duties on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.’
However, Harry and Meghan insist that they will keep the prefixes His and Her Royal Highness, but just not actively while working in their “firm”.
Meghan and Harry say: ‘As agreed and set out in January, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will retain their “HRH” prefix, thereby formally remaining known as His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will no longer actively use their HRH titles as they will no longer be working members of the family as of Spring 2020.’
In the statement they also included the reference to the treatment of other royals, the fact that Harry is still sixth-in-line for the throne, will keep his military rank and that they are still entitled to public protection.
Unfortunately, many royal experts believe the episode is another PR disaster for the couple.
Even prince Charles’ biographer Tom Bower told MailOnline that the public is “finally seeing Meghan’s true nature and motives”.
“Her comments about the Queen’s decision smacks of spiteful fury,” he said. “I fear it will get worse.”
It has also been reported that Meghan complained to her inner circle that using the name ‘shouldn’t even be an issue in the first place and it’s not like they want to be in the business of selling T-shirts and pencils,’ an insider said.
They also added that Meghan said she’s done with the drama and has no room in her life for naysayers, and the same goes for Harry.
“Meghan said the global projects they are working on speak for themselves and they chose that name to protect the royal name, not profit off of it. She claims their success is inevitable with or without their current brand name.”