Prince Harry and Meghan will not be using the Sussex Royal branding after spring, a spokeswoman for the couple has said.
Her Majesty has decided the title would be ‘best suited’ for use as the name of a new variety of spuds.
They have conceded the word royal could not be used following their decision to stop carrying out official duties on behalf of the Queen, and become financially independent.
The move by the palace is the latest addition to a tradition of historic regal potato naming, such as: Red Duke of York, King Edward and the Jersey Royal. And follows close behind the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s hat-tip to the starchy tuber by naming their daughter Charlotte, after the ever-popular salad variety.
A statement on Harry and Meghan’s website added: “While there is not any jurisdiction by the monarchy or Cabinet Office over the use of the word ‘Royal’ overseas, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘Sussex Royal’ or any iteration of the word ‘Royal’ in any territory (either within the UK or otherwise) when the transition occurs Spring 2020.
“We would also dearly love to wish every success to the inheritor of the ‘Sussex Royal’ brand in its first season of commercial propagation… ffs!”
The Duke and Duchess will also lose the money they are given each year from the royal purse and will have to repay the £2.4m of taxpayers’ money spent refurbishing their home in Windsor.
It’s unclear whether during their independence from the royal purse the couple will opt to live sustainably in Canada by growing their own Blighty-free potatoes.