Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Reportedly Slammed by Palace Insider for Taking a Swipe at the Queen over 'Royal' Trademark

Prince Harry and Meghan came under fire, yesterday, after they shared a carefully sniping update reportedly aimed at the Queen and other titled Royals in General.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had agreed to let go of the Sussex Royal brand when they officially step down as senior royals, on March 31.

In a turnabout release, the couple claimed the Queen did not have the power to limit how they use "Royal" when addressing themselves.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a visit to Johannesburg, South Africa on October 2, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a visit to Johannesburg, South Africa on October 2, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

The Sussex royals, in a well-worded update, claimed that neither the British government nor the Royal Palace has the right to restrict their use of the word "Royal" outside the shores of Britain.

The "update" also described the British media as unfairly critical. The couple also threw subtle jabs at other royals. The statement read in part:

"While there is precedent for other titled members of the royal family to seek employment outside of the institution, for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, a 12-month review period has been put in place."

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‪This evening The Duke and Duchess of Sussex accompanied Her Majesty The Queen and members of @TheRoyalFamily to the annual @RoyalBritishLegion Festival of Remembrance. This special event, which has taken place every year since 1923 at the @RoyalAlbertHall, commemorates all those who have lost their lives in conflicts.‬ • ‪This year’s Festival marked the 75th anniversary of a number of crucial battles of 1944, with a particular emphasis on the collaboration and friendship of the British, Commonwealth and Allied armies who fought them. A unique tribute was given to acknowledge those involved both past and present, culminating in a special parade of some of the last surviving veterans who fought and served in 1944.‬ • ‪Their Royal Highnesses, who last year attended their first Festival of Remembrance together, were honoured to once again pay tribute to all casualties of war and remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.‬ ‪#FestivalOfRemembrance ‪#WeWillRememberThem‬ Photo © PA / Royal British Legion

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Buckingham Palace was not going to sit idly as the Sussex royals defined where the Queen's jurisdiction began and ended.

A royal insider declared that the couple had "lost all sense of perspective." The insider continued, "It was their decision to do this and the family is clearly trying their best to facilitate it."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are settling to their new life in Canada and focusing on raising their young son.

Although the "update" was a verbal missile aimed at the Crown, certain members hope the words were meant to serve a therapeutic effect and not to trigger a war of words.

One of them said, "Let's just hope they feel they have got whatever they want to get out of their system." 

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Today, we are excited to be able to announce details for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming tour to Africa! 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇦🇴🇲🇼 • In just two weeks, Their Royal Highnesses will embark on this official tour focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment. This programme has been many months in the making, and The Duke and Duchess are eager to focus their energies on the great work being done in Southern Africa. From meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to joining ‘Waves for Change’ on Monwabisi Beach, the South Africa programme will be educational and inspiring. The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines. HRH will also travel to Malawi where he will check in on the British Army’s partnership with African Parks and will be working on the ground supporting local communities. The Duke is particularly proud to be able to deliver an exciting new initiative, a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy three-country partnership which he designed and consulted with Governments in Namibia, Botswana and Angola to protect forest and wildlife corridors around the Okavango Delta. The Duchess will be working with local organisations to promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship and leadership. With such a textured culture and history, Their Royal Highnesses are grateful for the opportunity to connect with those on the ground in Southern Africa and to be inspired by the work being done and learn how they can be better supported. As President and Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust and The Duke’s role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke and Duchess cannot wait to meet with young leaders mobilising change and adding to the beauty of these Commonwealth countries 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇦🇴🇲🇼 • “We look forward to seeing you soon!” • Photo ©️ PA images / Tim Graham - Getty Images / @Sentebale /@AfricanParksNetwork / @YouthAlert

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Although the couple are very far from the British isles, Palace insiders believe the issue can be resolved amicably, if the couple tones down on their snipping. An insider advised that the couple be gracious in their approach.

While the British royalty absorbs the punch, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are settling to their new life in Canada and focusing on raising their young son.

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Happy Heritage Day South Africa! 🇿🇦 • Today we are celebrating the great diversity of cultures, beliefs and traditions that make up the rainbow nation. Bo Kaap streets filled with colour and music while Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed to one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Cape Town. The area has seen inter-community tension rise over the last few years, yet days like today show how faith, traditions, food and music bring people together, and celebrate the things that unite each and every one of us. The Duke and Duchess are so happy to have been invited to the festivities in Bo Kaap today, and were overwhelmed by the amazing welcome. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️ photos PA images / SussexRoyal

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A source close to the family reported that life has been kind to the relocating couple. The source added that the couple are "besotted and very sweet with each other." 

It is hard to predict how this would end. Supporters at both sides, however, hope that this issue is resolved in good time.

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