Meghan Markle and Prince Harry say Queen doesn’t own the word ‘royal,’ has no jurisdiction overseas

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While it’s fair to say that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aren’t taking too kindly to Queen Elizabeth’s II’s demands, whether or not their cheeky response counts as a form of trash-talking is for you to decide.

On Friday, a spokesperson for the couple confirmed with the media that the couple will abide by the Queen’s demands and hereby refrain from profiting off the words “Sussex Royal” or “Royal” now that they’ve ditched the Royal Family.

The move was made because of pressure from the Queen — and despite the couple’s reported desire to center their new lives on a “Sussex Royal” brand.

“Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had spent thousands of dollars to secure the trademarked rights to the Sussex Royal tag,” CCN Markets reported earlier this week. “There was a website launched with the name last month. … Plans for the Sussex Royal brand had been well underway.”

But those plans came to an abrupt halt when the Queen banned them from moving forward because “they simply cannot sell themselves as Royals” when they’ve gone and ditched the Royal Family, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Suffice it to say, she wasn’t about to let them have their cake and eat it too.

But after a spokesperson for the formerly royal couple confirmed to the media Friday that they intend to abide by the Queen’s demands, they went ahead and published a blog post to their Sussex Royal website (which, FYI, they may soon have to be renamed) that seemed rather cheeky, to put it mildly.

While there is not any jurisdiction by The Monarchy or Cabinet Office over the use of the word ‘Royal’ overseas, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘Sussex Royal’ or any iteration of the word ‘Royal’ in any territory (either within the UK or otherwise) when the transition occurs Spring 2020,” they wrote.

To paraphrase, they basically said, “We’ll do what the Queen wants, but that nasty woman doesn’t own us or our words!”

Or at least that’s how their rude remarks came off to a large number of people:

As of noon, Friday, more angry tweets were emerging by the millisecond. So was blame for Markle, whom many believe is behind the couple’s latest act of rebellion.

In fact, many blame the couple’s decision to ditch the Royal Family on Markle as well, ergo why the infamous ditching has been dubbed #Megxit.

One of the most vocal proponents of this theory has been outspoken British commentator and columnist Piers Morgan.

Theories have even emerged suggesting that Markle had never intended to spend the rest of her life in London — that she’d purposefully and manipulatively planned #Megxit during the days even before she married Prince Harry in 2018.

The most damning piece of evidence is a report from just a month ago that Markle never transferred her wardrobe from her former home in Canada after she relocated to London for Prince Harry.

“ET Canada has learned from a first-hand source that the Duchess of Sussex packed up her clothes and put them into storage in Toronto to use at a later date – some of those outfits were ones she wore on [the TV series] ‘Suits,'” Entertainment Tonight Canada reported.

“Well, that day has come as Meghan has shipped a large collection of clothing to their rental home in Victoria. … [It] begs the question, did Meghan always plan on returning to North America in some capacity? Many have raised doubts around the step down of being senior royals and that both Prince Harry and Meghan had been planning this for some time.”

It’s certainly possible, though what’s known for certain is that there’s no way she could have ever predicted that the Queen would swoop in at the final minute and throw such a ‘yuge’ wrench into her plans.

For once, what Meghan wants … Meghan doesn’t necessarily get. Oh well!


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