Just 24 hours later, Prince Harry addressed their reasons for leaving in a speech at a private reception for the charity Sentebale, of which he is patron.
His hope was to “continue serving the Queen, the Commonwealth, and my military associations, but without public funding”.
Prince Harry said he has since “accepted” that this is not possible.
As they embark on their next step, questions have been raised about how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will afford to live as a “financially independent” family.
The variety of trademarked goods and services under the Sussex Royal brand could offer an insight into their future plans.
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With Meghan’s history in journalism as the founder of now dormant lifestyle platform The Tig, it’s interesting to note that one of the trademarks filled by the pair relates to “printed goods”.
Under this section are numerous sub-sections that include the ability for Meghan to create magazines, newspapers and newsletters under the Sussex Royal trademark.
This, teamed with their enlisting of The Tig’s blog designers to create their website, could suggest a step back into the world of content creation.
When discussing the role the media would play in their new set-up, they explained that their relationship with the media would change, placing greater emphasis on engaging “with grassroots media organisations and young, up-and-coming journalists”.
This approach could coincide with the printed goods trademark they’ve filed.
Another possibility is a Sussex Royal clothing label.
Meghan Markle is known to have a keen eye for fashion. She was named 2019’s most powerful dresser, owing to how influential her fashion choices are.
They’ve trademarked quite a variety of clothing, including footwear, scarves and neckwear, headgear, T-shirts, gloves and sportswear, coats, jackets, anoraks, trousers, sweaters, jerseys, dresses, pyjamas, suits, sweatshirts, hooded tops, caps, hats, bandanas, headbands and socks.
With Meghan’s fashion driving the biggest spark in sales and searches, it would make sense to capitalise on this popularity with a clothing line of her own.
It wouldn’t be her first foray into clothing. Last year, she created a capsule collection of essential workwear for Smart Works, a charity she is a patron for.
The charity helps unemployed women return to work by providing them with outfits and interview help.
Much of their other trademarks appear to pertain to their charitable foundation.
Harry and Meghan were said to be spending their six-week break pre-Christmas plannning the Sussex Royal Foundation.
When detailing how their “new role” would work on their website, it said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex plan to shape their charitable entity to respond to these pressing needs.”
The Sussex Royal Foundation will “advance the solutions the world needs most”.
Given that the charity features in the forefront of their plans, it’s unsurprising that many of the trademarks feature campaigning, charitable fundraising, education and social care services.
Many of the Sussexes’ current patronages fall in line with their trademarks, suggesting the Sussex Royal Foundation won’t veer a million miles away from the work they’re currently doing for their patronages.