Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Sussex Royal Trademark Was Just Blocked

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have embarked on their new life away from the confines of the British royal family. Now that the couple no longer works for the royal family, they will have to make their own way in the world — becoming financially independent.

With so many possibilities on the table including film and TV specials, speaking engagements and book deals — the Sussexes’ next step will be to define their brand. We already know that the pair have a heart for charity work, mental health issues, education for women and girls, and animal rights. All of those passions can be used to guide their business ventures.

Though they are no longer going to be using their His/Her Royal Highness titles, the duo have already begun the process of trademarking Sussex Royal, but their efforts are being blocked.

This is how Meghan Markle and Prince Harry could make money

Since they are no longer being supported by Queen Elizabeth, the duke and duchess will need to work to become financially independent. Presently, the Sussexes have a combined personal wealth of $30 million. “We could easily compare them to any former presidents,” Royal commentator and author Kristen Meinzer explained to Business Insider. “My mind keeps going to Barack and Michelle Obama and how [they] make money. The reason I compare the two is that they’re already friends with each other and I would put them on the same level in terms of fame.”

This is the reason Prince Harry and Meghan Markle trademarked Sussex Royal

Though the public just uncovered the Sussexes’ trademark paperwork in the weeks leading up to their resignation, it appears that the pair have been planning their exit for some time. The application was submitted in June 2019 and covers printed materials — like magazines and booklets — as well as clothing items, education, social care services, and charitable fundraising.

Rumor has it that the pair could be cooking up a magazine or even looking into selling merchandise. Either way, now that they are not beholden to royal rules — they can decide their own path.

The Sussex Royal trademark was just blocked

For the duke and the duchess, it’s vital for them to keep the “royal” aspect of their branding — experts say that it could be worth billions. However, the duo’s trademark was just blocked by an Australian doctor who filed a complaint against the trademark.

 “Filing a notice of threatened opposition is relatively easy and can be done online for free,” Lee Curtis, a chartered trademark attorney told Express. “The filing of a formal notice of opposition is much more involved. Right now, the threatened opposition delays the progress of the Sussex Royal application by at least one month, but if a formal opposition is ultimately mounted, this will involve the payment of an opposition fee, the drafting of formal grounds of opposition and the filing of evidence and legal submissions in support of the opposition. The whole opposition could take at least a year to get to a decision and is thus not an action entered into lightly with a possible costs award against the losing party.”

We’re sure the Sussex’s lawyers are working overtime to get this debacle sorted.