Queen BANS Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from using 'Sussex Royal' brand
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Queen BANS Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from using 'Sussex Royal' brand

PRINCE HARRY and Meghan Markle have been banned from using the title of 'Sussex Royal' by the Queen following their high-profile split from the Royal Family.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been told to drop the word 'royal' from all their branding after quitting their royal duties last month.

The couple had previously trademarked the title in an attempt to benefit financially following their family split - registering the trademark internationally on items such as clothing, stationary, books and reading materials - and were using the title for their joint Instagram page.

They've also taken steps to set up a new charitable organisation: Sussex Royal, The Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but it now appears it'll be in for a rebrand.

The Queen, as well as her senior officials, have decided that the term 'royal' must be removed from all their merchandising, and that the their ongoing use of the title generally needs to be reviewed.

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"As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are stepping back as senior members of the royal family and will work towards financial independence, use of the word 'royal', in this context, needed to be reviewed," a source revealed.

"As part of the process to transition the Duke and Duchess of Sussex into their new chapter, planning has been well underway around the launch of their new non-profit organisation."

While it's thought the news is a major blow for Harry and Meghan, who will effectively have to start from scratch and re-register everything under a new label, it's understood that the couple have accepted the Queen's decision.