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Harry and Meghan’s ‘dig at minor royals’

‘Spiteful’: The duke and duchess have been accused of an unnecessary dig at his cousins PICTURE: REX

HARRY and Meghan have been accused of taking a ‘spiteful’ dig at the prince’s cousins Beatrice and Eugenie.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a pointed mention of ‘other titled members of the royal family’ as they revealed they are dropping plans to trademark their brand ‘SussexRoyal’.

The couple, who aim to be ‘financially independent’, said they intend to stop using the term from this spring as they adjust to a new life in Canada.

But in a 1,114-word statement, they emphasised that ‘The Monarchy’ did not have ‘any jurisdiction over the use of the word “Royal” overseas’.

And they added other titled royals had been able to ‘seek employment outside of the institution’.

‘Targets’: Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie PICTURE: REX

A source said that was a ‘pretty clear’ reference to minor figures like Beatrice and Eugenie. The princesses are able to hold jobs while also appearing at royal events. And they have retained their titles after their father stepped down from his public duties. Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said Meghan and Harry’s comments were ‘completely unnecessary’. ‘It simply emphasises the division that we know that’s there — the tone they’ve taken is that they are unhappy,’ he said.

Tom Bower, who wrote a biography of Prince Charles, described Harry and Meghan as showing ‘spiteful fury’.

In their statement, the couple insisted they would continue to need taxpayer-funded security protection due to ‘the Duke’s public profile by virtue of being born into The Royal Family, his military service, the Duchess’ own independent profile, and the shared threat’.