Not-So-Royal Update: Meghan and Harry Drop “Royal” From Trademark Application

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In the weeks following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s announcement that they would “step back” from the Royal Family, details continue to emerge about the next chapter of their life. Now, it seems that the couple will no longer be allowed to use their Royal titles, personally or in a trademark. Read on to find out why…

Harry And Meghan: Dropping The Royal Trademark

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2019 was a rough year for the British Royal Family. So no one expected Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle to start the year off by announcing they would leave the Royal life behind! Still, it seemed like the drama had died down, after Queen Elizabeth II showed full support for the couple’s decision. Now, however, details are emerging regarding the couple’s new life and the consequences of their decision.

“We are pleased to now be able to share with you an update on many of the details agreed at a meeting of The Royal Family in January 2020, which outlines The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new roles, taking effect Spring 2020,” Harry and Meghan shared. The update also included information on the couple’s future use of the title “Royal” in their future ventures. The statement said the couple’s non-profit organization would not use the word “Royal” at all! Meanwhile, the couple also filed notions to drop the “Royal” trademark! The reason? “There is not any jurisdiction by the monarchy or Cabinet Office over the use of the word ‘royal’ overseas,” the statement read.

Still Heir To The Throne

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As a reminder, the Queen had already warned Harry and Meghan to expect some turbulence. “The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family,” the palace announced after the couple’s announcement in January. While not the world “royal,” the His/Her Majesty titles hold the same weight. So, its no surprise Meghan and Harry also needed to drop “Royal” from their trademark.

Meanwhile, the couple’s latest update also shared Harry and Meghan’s future security and home plans. While they are still searching for a new home, you can expect it to have the latest and greatest security system for baby Archie! “This is based on The Duke’s public profile by virtue of being born into The Royal Family, his military service, the Duchess’ own independent profile, and the shared threat and risk level documented specifically over the last few years,” The Sussex Royal’s website read.

Another question many asked is, will Harry would remain in line for the throne? As it turns out, yes, he will! Nothing’s changed, and Harry remains sixth in line, behind Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

“Wishing Everyone A Smooth Transition”

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The update also listed the couple’s regrets in the transition. Chiefly, Harry and Meghan say they wish they had been able to agree with the Queen on a hybrid role, including royal and non-royal duties. However, starting next month, Harry and Meghan will not perform duties within the family or represent it.

Meanwhile, the couple continues to work hard on the transition. First, they will locate a safe place to live with their infant son, Archie. Then, they will begin working on personal projects to become financially independent. So far, it seems like they will both operate a charity and start a production company. Of course, both Meghan and Harry have worked with dozens of charities, like Smart Woks and the Invictus Games. Meanwhile, Meghan worked as an actress before marrying Harry, and is rumored to already be working with Disney.

All in all, the Queen wishes the couple well and wants them to lead a “happy and peaceful life.” In a statement, the palace said all efforts will be made to ensure a “smooth transition.”

Sources: The Guardian, Yahoo!