Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Trademarked Sussex Royal For A Very Specific Reason

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been resting during the holidays after their whirlwind year as senior members of the British royal family. The pair have been vacationing on Vancouver Island in Canada away from the grueling spotlight and their constant commitments.

The couple has been scrutinized in the media for their practices and their perspectives. The Duchess of Sussex, in particular, has felt the brunt of the criticism as an American woman of color trying to fit in the traditions of the British royal family.

With rumors that the Sussexes are going to approach royal life differently in 2020, their latest move hints at a major clue.

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Tonight, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the first of a two game series of the Major League Baseball #LondonSeries, in support of @WeAreInvictusGames. Tonight’s highly anticipated game between the #Yankees and #RedSox took place at London stadium, Olympic Park. The @WeAreInvictusGames, of which His Royal Highness is Founding Patron, has been selected as charity partner for the @MLB 2019 series. The Invictus Games Foundation is the international charity that oversees the development of the Invictus Games, an international adaptive multi-sport event in which wounded, injured or sick armed service personnel and veterans participate. It celebrates the power of sport in recovery and how it can help, physically or psychologically, those suffering from injuries or illness. The word ‘invictus’ means ‘unconquered’ – it embodies the fighting spirit of the competitors. As part of the partnership, the Invictus Games Foundation have a team participating in London’s #Softball60, the social softball series built for the city and targeted to introduce the sport to new audiences and demonstrate that it is an inclusive sport. On this #ArmedForcesDay, tonight’s event was also a chance for Their Royal Highnesses to shine a light on the men and women here in the UK and around the world who have sacrificed so much for their country. Discover more about the Invictus Games Foundation through the link in our bio. Photo credit: PA

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The Sussexes have no plans to renounce their royal duties

Though the duchess did say that she and Prince Harry would walk away from royal life if things didn’t improve — they have no plans on renouncing their titles at this time. Royal commentator Juliet Rieden told Nine News Australia,

I don’t think we can say for sure that they never will renounce their duties. Certainly the Royal Family would not want them to, of course. They are very valuable to the Royal Family, they are wonderful ambassadors. They are very, very popular and they are very engaging when you meet them. I have been watching the Royal Family for a long time now and Harry and Meghan have a very tactile connection with the public. 

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle will approach royal life differently in 2020

Since their old strategy is not working — the Sussexes may be stepping into royal life with a very different perspective in the New Year. In their ITV documentary, Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, Markle revealed that being under constant scrutiny is very difficult, especially as a new mother.

Still, despite all of that, the Sussexes aren’t ready to give up on royal life. They will simply restrategize. “That warmth is something that really benefits the Royal Family, Harry and Meghan just have to find a way to make it work for them,” Rieden said. “It’s just like with anyone in a new job – you have to find a way to do your best but also make your skills shine.”

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Today is #earthday – an opportunity to learn about, celebrate and continue to safeguard our planet, our home. The above, Their Royal Highnesses in Rotorua, New Zealand. Of the 170 different species originally planted in the early 1900’s, only a handful of species, including these majestic Redwoods, remain today. Next, we invite you to scroll through a series of 8 photos taken by The Duke of Sussex©️DOS sharing his environmental POV including: Africa’s Unicorn, the rhino. These magnificent animals have survived ice ages and giant crocodiles, amongst other things! They have adapted to earth’s changing climate continually for over 30 million years. Yet here we are in 2019 where their biggest threat is us. A critical ecosystem, Botswana’s Okavango Delta sustains millions of people and an abundance of wildlife. Huge bush fires, predominantly started by humans, are altering the entire river system; the ash kills the fish as the flood comes in and the trees that don’t burn become next year’s kindling. Desert lions are critically endangered due partly to human wildlife conflict, habitat encroachment and climate change. 96% of mammals on our are either livestock or humans, meaning only 4% remaining are wild animals. Orca and Humpback whale populations are recovering in Norway thanks to the protection of their fisheries. Proof that fishing sustainably can benefit us all. Roughly 3/4 of Guyana is forested, its forests are highly diverse with 1,263 known species of wildlife and 6,409 species of plants. Many countries continue to try and deforest there for the global demand for timber. We all now know the damage plastics are causing to our oceans. Micro plastics are also ending up in our food source, creating not just environmental problems for our planet but medical problems for ourselves too. When a fenced area passes its carrying capacity for elephants, they start to encroach into farmland causing havoc for communities. Here @AfricanParksNetwork relocated 500 Elephants to another park within Malawi to reduce the pressure on human wildlife conflict and create more dispersed tourism. Every one of us can make a difference, not just today but every day. #earthday

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry just trademarked Sussex Royal

It looks like Markle and Prince Harry’s new royal strategy includes expanding their brand. The royal couple filed an application to trademark the name. The trademark covers printed materials — like magazines and booklets — as well as clothing items, education, social care services, and charitable fundraising.

Royal fans are whispering that merchandise and possibly even a magazine. The application was actually submitted in June 2019 but was only made public this week. The trademark might not ever be used, but it will prevent others from using the Sussex Royal brand name.

If the Sussexes do plan on selling merchandise it could be another way to expand their charitable contributions into the world. It would also offer them the opportunity to have tighter control over their brand.