28 Feb Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Officially Drop Their Titles
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By: Becky Root
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry recently announced they will step back from royal duties and their roles as royals, a decision dubbed “Megxit.” Queen Elizabeth II applied royal grandmotherly pressure to get Harry and Meghan to drop the Sussex Royal trademarks they applied for and “step back” from their social media account and merchandise using that name. In response to the trademark rejection, Meghan and Harry issued a statement:
“While The Duke and Duchess are focused on plans to establish a new non-profit organisation, given the specific UK government rules surrounding the use of the work ‘Royal,’ it has been therefore agreed that their non-profit organisation will not utilise the name ‘Sussex Royal’ or any other iteration of ‘Royal.’”
Some sources report that the Queen is disappointed in her grandson’s behavior, but essentially she has supported his departure from his expected royal duties. A source reports that the Queen is eager to get the matter settled and behind them to reduce damage to the royal image.
Meghan and Harry’s royal departure is now set for March 31st, with a year long review period by the crown. Without much precedent of royals shrugging off their title, Buckingham Palace wants to ensure that both parties have time to be sure their expectations are met. Recently at an ecotourism summit, the transitioning prince even asked to drop his formal title and for people to address him simply as Harry.
Some in their circle may have been inspired by Meghan and Harry’s move. Rose Astor is the mother of Grace van Cutsem, the little bridesmaid at William and Kate’s wedding who had had enough of the subjects cheering and the royal kissing. Astor declared on Instagram that she will “step back as a senior member of my tax return.” She joked that she would, “Rather drink coffee, see my friends, love my family and do yoga.” So would Meghan, Harry, and her daughter, Grace, apparently.