Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have said the monarchy doesn't own the word "Royal" in a tense statement.
It comes days after new Megxit details were thrashed out, with The Queen reportedly issuing a ban on the Sussex Royal brand.
Harry and Meghan have since posted a lengthy statement on their Sussex Royal website, detailing the new arrangement.
At one point, it reads: “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.”
Meghan reportedly earlier claimed there is “nothing legally stopping” her and Harry from using the name.
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A friend of her’s told the Daily Mail: “Meghan said the global projects they are working on speak for themselves and they chose that name to protect the royal name, not profit off of it.”
It means they cannot use Sussex Royal on merchandising, despite having already spent thousands on a range of goods from T-shirts to bandanas and literature.
They will also have to choose a new name for their planned charitable foundation, which was due to use the label.
The couple will no longer carry out royal duties as of March 31, although they will still receive police protection because of Harry's military service and Meghan's "independent profile".
They also appeared to complain that the palace is treating them differently to other family members.
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The statement continued: “While there is precedent for other titled members of the Royal Family to seek employment outside of the institution, for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, a 12-month review period has been put in place.
"Per the agreement, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties and not undertake representative duties on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen."
The pair will be shutting their Buckingham Palace office as they jet off to Canada.
As of April 1, they will be represented by their UK foundation team.
They will retain their HRH titles but not actively use them, a spokesman confirmed.
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Harry and Meghan will take part in at least six more engagements before the March 31 deadline.
Harry will join Jon Bon Jovi as he re-records his song Unbroken with the Invictus Games Choir on February 28.
On March 5, he will attend the Endeavour Fund Awards and join Lewis Hamilton the following day at the official opening of the Silverstone Experience, a new racing museum.
Meghan will join her husband for the Mountbatten Music Festival on March 7.
The annual performance at the Royal Albert Hall by the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines raises money for The Royal Marines Charity and CLIC Sargent.
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