Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry in talks about their use of the word 'royal': report

By Heather Cichowski

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have been keeping a fairly low profile since they announced they were "stepping down" from their roles as senior members of the Royal Family on Jan. 8. They are currently in a "period of transition" in Canada and the UK, and it seems that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are busy trying to finalize the details of their future. According to reports, this involves "ongoing discussions" about whether they will use the word "royal."

"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," a royal source reported to People. "Discussions are still ongoing.”

Prince Harry and Meghan at Canada House in London, the day before they made their announcement to step down. Photo: © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The talks reportedly involve the Queen and senior officials, according to the Daily Mail. The discussions are thought to specifically focus on whether the Sussexes will use "royal" as part of the branding for their new non-profit initiative, for which they revealed plans after their decision to step back.

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It's thought the term "royal" will not be part of Harry and Meghan's future branding, according to CNN.

The Sussexes currently use the @sussexroyal Instagram handle and launched their official website, Sussexroyal.com, after announcing their decision to strive towards financial independence and take a step back from their royal roles. So, it will be interesting to see how the results of the discussions will affect their current branding.

As part of initial talks with the Queen at Sandringham in January, Harry and Meghan agreed they would no longer use HRH status (His Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness) and they would no longer formally represent Her Majesty. The couple also agreed to repay public expenditure on Frogmore House.

In addition to debating about the use of the term "royal" in their future ventures, the Sussexes have reportedly been busy working on different aspects of their non-profit. On Feb. 13, they reportedly attended a seven-hour brainstorming session at Stanford University to meet with academics and professors in the hopes of figuring out a name for the initiative.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex reportedly had their brainstorming session at Stanford. Photo: © Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Getty Images

Prior to that, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were reportedly the keynote speakers at an exclusive JPMorgan event in Miami on Feb. 6. It's said Prince Harry opened up about how he's been in therapy to get help with the death of his mother, Princess Diana.

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