After a few weeks of peace and quiet on the royal front, drama has kicked off again. This time, it’s over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s use of the word ‘royal’ once they’re no longer working as senior members of the monarchy. Over the weekend, Buckingham Palace dropped an unexpected statement banning the couple from using the term, a move that no doubt surprised and annoyed Harry and Meghan given their branding is currently ‘Sussex Royal’ and a brand new sussexroyal.com website was just launched.
Harry and Meghan then released a statement of their own, which was a little heated. Not only did they point out that there is no restrictions on the word ‘royal’ outside of the UK where they will be operating, but people think they also made a dig at Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie being able to work outside of the family.
The part of the statement in question reads: “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.”
Now, a source has details how HRH Queen Elizabeth II feels about this whole thing. And, as expected, she’s not pleased. “She generally doesn’t want to talk about it,” they said. “The Queen has been keen to get this resolved because she sees it is damaging to the monarchy and on a personal level I think this has been rather hurtful for her. She has got to the point where she doesn’t want to think about it anymore, she just wants it over and done with.”
Another source, apparently a “friend of Harry’s” shared with Vanity Fair that “He and Meghan have a back-up plan in place” if this exit from the royal family doesn’t go as planned.
Harry “went into this knowing that he could lose his title, but his freedom is more important than any of that,” they said.