While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will technically still be part of the royal family and retain their titles as Duke and Duchess of Sussex, it was announced today that their “Royal” title will be withdrawn from endeavours when they leave the Crown this spring.
The couple plan on pursuing non-profit work. A statement from an official spokesperson reads: “While The Duke and Duchess are focused on plans to establish a new non-profit organisation, given the specific UK government rules surrounding use of the word ‘Royal’, it has been therefore agreed that their non-profit organisation will not utilise the name ‘Sussex Royal’ or any other iteration of ‘Royal.’”
While Harry and Meghan recently attempted to trademark “Sussex Royal,” the statement confirms that applications have been removed.
Their official website and Instagram account are still under the SussexRoyal domain, so we can anticipate they will change soon. It has also been revealed that their HRH titles will be retained, but no longer used.
According to the statement, the couple’s non-profit will centre around “cause-driven” work – Meghan is an advocate for women’s rights and Harry has focused on the environment and community building.
On Wednesday it was confirmed that Harry and Meghan would be departing from their senior royal roles on March 31, after initially announcing their intentions to become financially independent in January.
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