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Harry and Meghan granted ‘Sussex Royal’ trademark

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Harry and Meghan during a visit to Edinburgh (pic: Terry Murden)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, have been granted a trademark for their “brand” as they plan a new life as “part-time” royals.

The move comes as the couple seek a more independent role within the Royal Family. It is thought they will continue to work for the Monarchy while splitting their time between Britain and Canada on other activities.

Royal watchers have speculated that they may take on more roles working on Commonwealth duties.

The couple have indicated a desire to set up new commercial and charitable activities and become financially independent. They have been granted Sussex Royal trademark by the UK’s Intellectual Property Office which will apply to goods and services ranging from printed matter to clothing, back in June. The copyright was approved by the office and published on its website on 19 December.

It applies to both the name ‘Sussex Royal’ and to their charitable organisation “The Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”

It will apply to hundreds of items including printed matter, clothing, campaigning, charitable fundraising, education and social care services.

As the evolving crisis – dubbed Megxit – brings echoes of the abdication of King Edward VIII and his relationship with the American divorcee Wallis Simpson, the Queen led a meeting to find a solution to the flare-up sooner rather than later in order for it to be brought to a halt.

From her home in Sandringham the Queen was expected to hold a conference call with Prince Charles, in Scotland, and with his two sons to try and resolve his and Meghan’s exit from the royal family. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed yesterday that they want to quit public life, though it later emerged the announcement came against the Queen’s wishes and request for it not to interrupt the Duchess of Cambridge’s 38th birthday celebrations. 

The talks will also involve government officials and Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Questions have been raised about how much the couple should continue to depend on public finance. They have a house on the Windsor Estate and draw income from Prince Charles’ interests. It is thought they will pay a rental on the house.



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