Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Giving Up on "Sussex Royal"

Jenny Hollander

From Marie Claire

It's time to close the curtains on "Sussex Royal," the moniker that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry adopted as a married couple and have continued to use in their branding efforts as they transition into a new kind of life together. In a statement from Buckingham Palace given to royal reporter Omid Scobie, the Palace confirms: "It has therefore been agreed that their nonprofit organization, 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."

Back in January, after announcing their decision to step back as "senior members" of the royal family, Meghan and Harry applied to formally trademark "Sussex Royal," which is the name of their Instagram page and their website. The idea was that the couple would be use the moniker for their upcoming nonprofit, as well as for any merchandise they sell. But that trademark request was formally opposed, which paved the way for a month-long wrangling inside the Palace over whether the couple would get to use the word "royal" for the financial benefit of themselves and for their nonprofit.

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The answer is...no, they will not. Although they will technically keep their titles as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the duo will relinquish their HRH titles and the ability to use the term "royal." They will remain members of the royal family, but won't be allowed certain privileges—like the name "Sussex Royal," it seems. The trademark request has been dropped along with the announcement.

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