Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have gained a lot of attention and criticism for their decision to step down as senior members of the royal family. Many support the couple in their desire to focus more on their young son and new family. Others have been more critical of the move. Moving forward after the transition is a complicated matter. Meghan and Harry got the attention of an outspoken royal critic when they released a statement addressing one of these issues.
Prince Harry and Meghan’s choice to no longer be working members of the royal family has been controversial from the beginning. The pair have decided to prioritize their young family and focus on Archie. The pressure and demands of a royal schedule can put a strain on a family. Critics have been attacking their choice to step down and every aspect of the transition. As Meghan and Harry spend more time away from the UK it’s unlikely that the criticism will die down.
The use of the term ‘Royal” is one of the more contentious details of Meghan and Harry’s life after their separation from royal duties. Legally the Queen has the sole discretion to control who does and does not use the term within the UK. Globally there would be no conflict with the use of the Sussex Royal brand. Presumably out of respect for the Queen Meghan and Prince Harry have chosen to forego any use of the term at all.
In a statement published on their website, Harry and Meghan addressed a change in branding for their nonprofit efforts. They specifically mention their intention to avoid all international use: “While there is not any jurisdiction by The Monarchy or Cabinet Office over the use of the word ‘Royal’ overseas, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘Sussex Royal’ or any iteration of the word ‘Royal’ in any territory (either within the UK or otherwise) when the transition occurs Spring 2020.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have many outspoken critics. Piers Morgan is among the loudest. He took to Twitter to share his disdain of their statement. “The staggering disrespect these two keep showing to the Queen is outrageous. Who the hell do they think they are?”. Piers went on to attack anyone who stood up for the couple and reiterated his disapproval of the statement. He was clearly outraged by their decision to respect the Queen even in countries where it was not required of them.
The staggering disrespect these two keep showing to the Queen is outrageous. Who the hell do they think they are? https://t.co/QUBSzQ2Fyq
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 22, 2020
It’s unclear what so many critics of the Duke and Duchess found objectionable about the couple’s statement. Many see their choice to include the fact that there is no royal jurisdiction over international use of the phrase as disrespectful. The statement was meant to do the opposite. Despite the fact that the couple could use their branding if they would like, they still choose to honor and respect the Queen’s wishes. The Sussex’s are a trending topic that are sure to continue drawing discussion.