On February 21, the couple's spokesperson released a statement clarifying the new rules. “While The Duke and Duchess are focused on plans to establish a new nonprofit organisation, given the specific U. K. government rules surrounding the use of the word ‘royal,’ it has been therefore agreed that their nonprofit organisation will not utilise the name ‘Sussex Royal’ or any other iteration of ‘royal,’" the statement said on their website. "For the above reason, the trademark applications that had been filed as protective measures and that reflected the same standard trademarking requests as done for The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have been removed.
Unfortunately, according to Us Weekly, this public statement high-key upset Queen Elizabeth II and caused another round of family drama. “She’s so disappointed that her own grandchild would heap so much embarrassment on the monarchy and bring all this unwanted attention on his family at the worst possible time," a source told the publication.
While the queen has been very supportive of Meghan and (Prince) Harry's choice to step back from senior royal duties and life in the U. K. (reportedly urging the family "not to obstruct their aspirations for a new life"), it's all taken a bit of a toll.
Meghan Markle reportedly feels “picked on” by the Royals https://t.co/iCjdhjkzSP— Glamour (@glamourmag) February 27, 2020