EntertainmentControversy surrounds Prince Harry and Meghan's new website, sussex.com, amid royal title exploitation claims

Controversy surrounds Prince Harry and Meghan's new website, sussex.com, amid royal title exploitation claims

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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5:33 AM EST, February 13, 2024

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle departed from the British court several years ago. Despite this, it does not mean they have wholly severed ties with their royal past. They have often alluded to the times when they resided in London. For Harry, exiting the court was akin to drawing a definitive line. It's well known that his relationships with his family have been strained, an aspect highlighted by the publication of his candid autobiography.

Are Harry and Meghan planning a comeback to business?

Harry's estrangement from relatives and his departure from the court do not necessarily equate to him bidding farewell to his title, which is undisputedly linked to his royal past and lineage. He recently launched a new online service, named sussex.com, with Meghan. The domain name hearkens back to their stint as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex just a few years ago when they undertook diplomatic visits.

It's noteworthy that the sussex.com domain has supplanted their Archewell foundation's previous website. The couple intend to use this new platform to chronicle their wide-ranging activities.

The royals are not pleased with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The royal family members are reportedly unhappy with this development. There are suggestions that the website's new name could be viewed as an exploitation of the royal image.

"They will have serious problems for using the Sussex name. This is a royal title and if the website is used commercially, it will be shut down. It's astounding they fail to see how absurd this is" - a source revealed to the DailyMail.

However, another royal insider adopts a somewhat more lenient stance toward the situation, asserting they are indeed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

"That's a fact. That's their surname and moniker," they summarise.

The online rebranding of the Sussexes has been accompanied by speculation that they are scouting for new production companies to partner with. Their £18 million (about $24 million) Spotify contract has recently been terminated. Rumors have also emerged that Netflix may choose not to renew their £80 million (roughly $107 million) contract.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle© Getty Images | PA Wire/PA Images
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle© Getty Images | PA Wire/PA Images
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle© Getty Images | PA Wire/PA Images
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