As the shockwaves continue to radiate about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to become semi-autonomous from the Royal Family so it has come to light that one way of generating income could be through licensing, with greeting cards, calendars and stationery already ring-fenced as one of the likely product areas.
Prince Harry and Meghan trademarked their brand ‘Sussex Royal’, paving the way for official branded products. It will of course all depend on whether they are granted the right to feature the royal crown in the brand.
The application was published on the intellectual property office website on December 20, reported Sky News, having originally been submitted on June 21 2019.
Prince Harry and Meghan submitted a trademark application for a number of items and services including cards, notepads and calendars, books, magazines, clothing and hats, promotional and campaigning materials (including fundraising), educational purposes (training, running activities and lectures) and social care services (counselling services and providing support).
The application could pave the way for the Sussex Royal brand to expand into merchandise and services. It could also be a way of blocking third parties from using the brand.
Sussex Royal – which is the username name of Prince Harry and Meghan’s Instagram account – is owned by the foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and is represented by law company, Harbottle and Lewis.
Rather disappointingly the royal couple chose to send an e-card as their Christmas greeting they certainly were appreciative of the actual cards that were sent to them for their engagement and wedding, including a whole clutch from those in the greeting card industry.
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