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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have spent much of 2019 finding ways to make space for their own new, little family. In April, they moved from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. About a month later, in early May, they welcomed their son, Archie.
As a result of their move, what was originally the “Fab Four” (Meghan, Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton), is no longer as much of a unit. This year, Meghan and Harry made their distinction between Kate and William even more official by registering a trademark for their organization, Sussex Royal The Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The couple first filed to register this trademark with the Intellectual Property Office’s website on June 21, per People. The day before, they had officially separated from the Royal Foundation, the organization they shared with Kate and William. The filing was published last week.
This split, the Palace said in June, happened to “best complement the work and responsibilities of Their Royal Highnesses as they prepare for their future roles, and to better align their charitable activity with their new households.”
This news came alongside rumors that the two couples were feuding. Despite these rumors, royal officials have denied any truth to them. In January, a royal source told ELLE.com that there were no negative feelings between Meghan and Kate, in particular.
“The stories of the two duchesses having a major ongoing feud are just overblown,” the source said. “They have enormous respect for each other and are both devoted to representing Her Majesty in the humanitarian and charitable work they do.”
This registered trademark will allow Meghan and Harry to “take legal action” against anyone who uses their brand without permission, according to the UK’s government website.