On Friday night, London time, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released a lengthy statement, detailing what their life outside the British Royal Family will look like.
The statement, which came just weeks after the couple first announced their decision to step down as senior members of the Royal Family, was released following news that the Queen had denied Harry and Meghan permission to continue to use their “Sussex Royal” brand.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s entire personal brand – including their website, Instagram account and a rumoured new charity – currently uses the Sussex Royal branding.
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The new statement, which was released to “mitigate any confusion and subsequent misreporting” surrounding the couple’s exit from the royal family, confirmed that the couple’s revised role will begin on March 31, as they enter a 12-month review.
Since the statement was released, however, royal experts and social media users alike have begun decoding what the couple’s lengthy statement might actually mean.
In recent days, some experts and commentators have shared that they believe the couple’s statement alludes to their disappointment over recent developments. Here’s what royal experts think Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s statement really means.
Their royal titles.
In their statement, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appeared to respond to the Queen’s decision to remove their royal branding, as they questioned whether they should be allowed to use the title abroad.
Last week, Buckingham Palace released a statement, announcing: “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.”
In response, Meghan and Harry wrote: “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.”
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