The Queen was left furious with her grandson after Prince Harry took a “step too far” in their new lives outside the firm, a new book claims.
The Monarch was praised for her diplomatic handling of the Duke of Sussex’s sensational request to step down from royal duties in January.
Harry and wife Meghan Markle sought independence and more privacy in a world removed from the palace spotlights.
But, according to a new book, The Queen’s patience was tested with her grandson when he took a “step foo far” in reinventing himself.
In his latest biography Battle of Brothers, royal author Robert Lacey claims Meghan and Harry's decision to market merchandise under their own royal trademark – Sussex Royal – without discussing it with the Queen and taking legal action against a number of media organisations without her permission caused the "family to finally hit back".
According to the Mirror, the Sussexes reportedly spent thousands trademarking products such as t-shirts, bandanas and literature.
While it is not unusual for royals to flog merchandise – the Queen has souvenirs and Prince Charles has a range of biscuits and jam – the Queen was reportedly fuming that the pair didn’t consult her.
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Lacey said: “Once again Harry had totally failed to consult the Queen about a major initiative affecting his royal work and image — and the image of the crown as a whole. The family finally hit back.
“Elizabeth II had always had a soft spot for Harry, and she had been delighted by the arrival of Meghan, whose personal energies seemed to complement her grandson’s so well.
"As Head of the Commonwealth and reigning over an ever more multicultural society in Britain, the Queen had especially welcomed the exciting new dimension that a mixed-race recruit brought to the Windsor identity — and as we shall see later in this series, she herself had spotted when things were going wrong, and had helped devise a strategy she firmly hoped would make things easier for the couple.
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"But there were some matters on which Elizabeth II would not compromise — and chief among them was the authority of the crown. By not disclosing their plans to market merchandise under their own royal trademark, Harry and Meghan had trespassed dangerously on that authority. To commercialise the crown required the crown’s consent — and the Sussexes had not sought that."
As part of their Megxit negotiations, the Queen banned Meghan and Harry from using the brand 'Sussex Royal', which they were reportedly extremely annoyed about.
He claims that their failure to get her permission for their lawsuits "took their rebellion one step too far."
The pair spectacularly split from the palace and broke hearts around the world.
They relocated to Santa Barbara where they forked out for a plush £11m mansion to raise little baby Archie.
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