A statement from their team confirmed the reports that the Queen told them they couldn’t use “royal” in their branding.
“While The Duke and Duchess are focused on plans to establish a new non-profit organisation, given the specific UK government rules surrounding use of the word ‘Royal’, it has been therefore agreed that their non-profit organisation, when it is announced this Spring, will not be named Sussex Royal Foundation,” the statement read.
”The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘SussexRoyal’ in any territory post Spring 2020,” it added. “Therefore the trademark applications that were filed as protective measures, acting on advice from and following the same model for The Royal Foundation, have been removed.”
“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,” the source says. “Discussions are still ongoing.”
The source added that plans are also continuing for the couple’s new organization.
“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 organization,” the source said. “Details will be shared in due course.”
The news comes after ET recently learned that the two had attended brainstorming meetings with professors at Stanford University in connection with the new charitable organization.
The new non-profit comes after the couple announced their royal exit in January and commenced their new life in Canada with their son, Archie.
The smiling couple was photographed getting off a commercial flight at Victoria International Airport in British Columbia on Friday.
According to another ET source, the couple is relishing West Coast life, with Meghan’s healthy habits “rubbing off” on Harry, who has adopted more of a plant-based diet and shown an interest in cooking.
“Meghan has always been very health-conscious,” the source says. “Her healthy habits are rubbing off on Harry too.”
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