Meghan Markle tells her leaky buddies she might just use 'Sussex-Royal' to sell swag, even after queen says 'no'

Class tells, it's said, and Meghan Markle is now showing Britain's royal family she has absolutely none.

Here's the latest from the Daily Mail:

Meghan Markle has told friends there is nothing 'legally stopping' her and Prince Harry from using their Sussex Royal name, despite the Queen banning them from using it, has learned.

The 38-year-old complained to her inner circle that using the name 'shouldn't even be an issue in the first place and it's not like they want to be in the business of selling T-shirts and pencils,' the insider said. 

They added: 'Meghan said she's done with the drama and has no room in her life for naysayers, and the same goes for Harry.' 

On Tuesday, DailyMail revealed the Queen and senior officials agreed the two could no longer keep the word 'royal' in their 'branding', despite the likely thousands of dollars Meghan and Harry have already sunk into their website and trademark applications.

Didn't she get a hint?  Not only is she disrespectful of the queen, who gave her the now shucked royal title, but she seem to view her gift from her mother-in-law as a moneymaking device.

This, as the Brits say, is "not done."

And what's with this "leaks to the press" thing?  Classy royals associate only those who don't...

Peerage power derives from the sovereign and is highly symbolic, so to be openly vowing to defy the queen on the use of a title that the queen herself gave is a good way of getting the whole thing yanked.  Harry and Meghan, despite dumping royal life for the private sector and leaving the others to do the work of royals, still have a few of their titles, but they're not supposed to use them.  Well, they are, and for the tackiest of reasons: money-making purposes.

That's not the half of it, though.

Calling a product line "Sussex Royal" in itself is about as tacky as it gets.  It's got the distinct odor of "parvenu."

It's something done by con men or low-class hucksters with ambitions, not authentic royals.  It has the sound of a phony title, not a real one, leaving the unavoidable suggestion that the Sussexes dropped their real royal titles for ersatz ones.  Pasting that little "royal" up there in the title as a reminder to the rubes signals a sort of absence of confidence as well as a preening desire to still be treated like royals, despite bugging out on the royal family.  Because if you have to announce you're actually royal to your audience...well,  you aren't.

Royals know that the classy way to announce themselves, in fact, is through understatement.  In Meghan's and Harry's case, "Sussex" might be acceptable or, better still, "Meghan-and-Harry" if they what they wanted was to sell goods under some kind of brand name.  Tacking "royal" onto the whole thing howls of gauche, screams cheesiness.  The duke of Marlborough, for instance, answers his phone "Marlborough!," not "Marlborough royal."  When Prince William and Duchess Catherine paid a visit to Beverly Hills for a polo game a few years ago, the goggling locals asked the couple what the proper way to address them was, since they didn't know.  "William," "Kate," the heirs to the throne replied sweetly, winning hearts all around for their apparent modesty and unpretentiousness.

Real royals know how this stuff is done.

Not Meghan, who's now dragging Harry down into her low-class Hollywood C-list orbit.

The Daily Mail reports that Mrs. Windsor now says she's not going to do that.  It's rather late for that, though.  Why did she pay for all the trademarks for hoodies and other tourist tschotschkas to sell?  The pair claim they were being protective by getting those names out of circulation, but who believes that?  Nope, they wanted to sell goods and make money off that very new peerage of theirs that they don't think represents anything other than a money-making opportunity.  It's as classless in every sense as it looks.

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