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Queen Elizabeth Is 'Drawing a Line in the Sand' with 'Sussex Royal' Ban

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By Zachary Holt

Queen Elizabeth has been making some tough decisions in regard to her grandson, Prince Harry, and his wife, Meghan Markle, as of late.

It was particularly devastating for the queen when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made the decision to relinquish their roles as senior members of the royal family and move to North America, but she's done her best to support the couple's desire to begin an independent life away from the crown.

The queen can only do so much, however, when it comes to allowing Prince Harry and Meghan to profit off of their namesake if they're not willing to participate in the royal family's responsibilities and obligations.

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The Queen Cites the Use of 'Sussex Royal' by Prince Harry and Meghan as Improper

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Just this week, it was reported that Queen Elizabeth II had made the decision to ban Prince Harry and Meghan from using the brand name 'Sussex Royal', citing it as inappropriate and improper with the couple not be associated with the royal family as senior members.

An inside source close to the royal family shared what's going on behind the scenes while speaking with Harper's Bazaar. "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 and discussions are still ongoing," they said.

Prince Harry and Meghan Are Preparing the Development of a New Brand Amid Ban by Queen Elizabeth

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The problem for Prince Harry and Meghan is that they've invested years and large sums of money into building that brand. Regardless, it's not something the queen is willing to concede, even though nothing has been put in stone as of this writing. The hot topic is still being reviewed by the queen and other senior members of the royal family according to reports.

It does seem, though, that the former royal couple is preparing to develop a new brand name, independent of 'Sussex Royal'. "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. Details will be shared in due course," an insider revealed.

Commercial Sector Pursuits Could Damage the Reputation of the Monarchy

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With the anticipated decision of the queen banning the use of 'Sussex Royal' by Prince Harry and Meghan, she's sending a message and trying to protect the monarchy, Dan Wootten, a royal commentator explained.

"Her decision to ban Harry and Meghan from using the Sussex Royal brand when they officially Megxit, in just a few weeks, would have been personally difficult for the monarch," Wootten said on Talk Radio this week.

"The Queen rightly wants to try to be supportive of her grandson’s new start even though she is personally very upset by their choice to quit as a senior royal. But she also knows that the couple’s desire to make a lot of money in the commercial sector is potentially perilous for the reputation of the monarchy."

Royal Expert: 'Sorry Guys You Cannot Have It Both Ways'

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According to Wootten, the queen is essentially saying that the former royal couple can't have both the fame of being a member of the royal family and cash in on the private sector endeavors. The latter could be potentially detrimental to the image of the monarchy if the royal name was still attached to the couple's business dealings, hence the queen's MO for the brand name ban.

"This decision to ban Harry and Meghan from using Sussex Royal is the Queen drawing a very clear line in the sand. She is saying, ‘sorry guys you cannot have it both ways," Wootten explained.

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