On Friday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, made another interesting decision to drop the word Royal from their brand.
Their spokesperson stated that based on the specific governing rules of the UK government in the use of the word “Royal,” the couple decided not to name their recent non-profit organization Sussex Royal Foundation.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘Sussex Royal’ in any territory post spring 2020,” their spokesperson iterated.
In addition to this, Harry and Meghan released another statement on Saturday, “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.”
“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,” the statement added.
The couple, in January this year, surprised the world when they announced their plans to discontinue their British royal family responsibilities and “transition into a new working model.” Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan had equally applied for a UK trademark termed “Sussex Royal,” which cover many of the items in the following categories -clothing, campaigning, charitable fundraising, education and social care services.
However, a royal source informed CNN this week that the same trademark Sussex Royal is currently being reviewed.
Going further, it was gathered that Prince Harry and Meghan are no longer using the titles His and Her Royal Highness, have stopped accessing some state funding and have returned the Sovereign Grant funds used to refurbish their official residence.
Later this month, the couple plan to return to the UK to dot the Is and cross the Ts before they are eventually relieved from their office as senior members of the royal family.
On Wednesday, report had it that the office of Harry and Meghan’s situated at Buckingham Palace would formally close and their 12-month transition period will commence from March 31.