Harry & Meghan Attract Criticism For Continued Use Of Royal Monogram In New Letter
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drew the ire of some when they included their royal monogram on a new letter to StreetGames charity. Find out why they're still using the crown emblem after abandoning their royal duties.
Harry and Meghan's royal monogram lives on nearly three months after their royal exit.
The crown emblem—which sits atop an elegant combination of the letters H and M—made a reappearance on a letter that the Sussexes wrote to StreetGames charity on June 19.
Harry & Meghan still make use of royal monogram
The continued use of the monogram prompted some backlash on Twitter after the charity shared the letter on Sunday. Though the couple signed off only as "Harry & Meghan" rather than with royal titles, their royal motif does appear at the top of the letter.
Wow! Thank you so much Harry and Meghan for your kind words and your continued support for StreetGames and the brilliant local organisations working to support their communities in these challenging times pic.twitter.com/4h9bMGTuTR— StreetGames (@StreetGames) June 21, 2020
The emblem was designed upon Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's royal wedding in 2018.
But in March 2020, they finalized their departure from the U.K. along with their duties as senior royals. Now, after living in Los Angeles for three months, critics have questioned why the couple continues to make use of the royal monogram.
As Hello! reports, it appears they are permitted to do so seeing as Harry is the son the heir apparent, Prince Charles. Likewise, in the statement made to announce the royal exit, it was confirmed that Harry and Meghan retain their HRH titles, though they won't actively use them.
"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family," the Queen said at the time.
Sarah Ferguson and Princess Diana used coronets post-divorce
Hello! added that Harry and Meghan are not alone in using a royal coronet or monogram after a high-profile change in royal status.
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York has continued to use her monogram in letters written after her divorce from Prince Andrew. Princess Diana did the same during the brief period following her divorce of Prince Charles.
Beyond the question of the monogram, Harry and Meghan's letter to StreetGames commended the charity for its collaboration with Hubb Community Kitchen in London. The two charities, which the Sussexes have worked with on previous occasions, linked up to distribute meals amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We have been touched to witness from afar the coming together of organisations we champion and so deeply care about. The compassion and leadership of young people across the StreetGames network is vital, and it is their kindness and selflessness that inspires others to do better," the letter said.
"This letter comes with our sincere thanks and and best wishes to everyone at StreetGames," Harry and Meghan signed off.