According to the Daily Mail, Meghan’s “friends” are saying she and Harry feel “picked on” over all the new sanctions on when and where the couple can use their titles and the restriction on the use of the word royal. Meghan, according to a source, doesn’t appreciate the insinuation that she and Harry would use the title for financial gain.
Starting on April 1, Meghan and Harry will no longer be able to use royal in any of their branding (we’ll miss you, @sussexroyal). 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.
Now the Daily Mail source claiming to be close with the couple says it’s Meghan and, by extension, Harry who feel slighted. Apparently there are rumors that the queen put all these rules in place only to avoid backlash from other, possibly jealous, members of the family and court.
Honestly, it seems as though everyone involved would like to fast-forward through the next couple of months of this transition. 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. A source recently revealed to Vanity Fair that “this has been rather hurtful for her” and that Her Majesty just wants it “over and done with.”
On that, at least, it seems everyone can agree.
Originally Appeared on Glamour