Queen shouldn't criticise Meghan Markle and Harry's plan – 'monarchy sells ...

THE Queen and Prince Charles have "stooped to all sorts of commercial devices", a royal author noted while discussing Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's new financial independence.

PUBLISHED: 10:13, Mon, Nov 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 10:13, Mon, Nov 2, 2020

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The Queen and Prince Charles have been selling products for years showcasing with the Royal Coat of Arms or other references to the Crown, royal expert Robert Lacey has noted. However, news Meghan and Prince Harry had filed trademark applications for a range of products under the name of their never-launched organisation, The Sussex Royal Foundation, had initially sent shockwaves across the country. 

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Similarly, Mr Lacey added, many royal watchers appeared worried about Meghan and Prince Harry's deal with .

Discussing the deal with the streaming platform, the author of Battle of Brothers told Express.co.uk: "I think the deal Meghan and Harry have done with is quite respectable.

"They are going to make a lot of money for making a group of rather worthy, and perhaps even boring, documentaries for grown-ups and children.

"It is perfectly respectable. 

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"And actually, it is Buckingham Palace's shops that sell shower caps with the Royal Coat of Arms, Buckingham Palace gin, Prince Charles sells Duchy biscuits...so it's the pot calling the kettle black.

"The monarchy has stooped to all sorts of commercial devices."

Over the summer, the Royal Collection Shop started selling a new gin made with herbs and flowers picked directly in the gardens of the Queen's home in London. 

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The bottle bears the name of Buckingham Palace as well as a crown.

Prince Charles struck a deal with Waitrose in 1990 and set up a company called Duchy Originals Limited to sell a range of organic food and drinks produced in the Duchy of Cornwall.

These initiatives, Mr Lacey noted, are beneficial to both the Crown and taxpayers, as they bring more funds into the royals' purses without the need to dip into the Sovereign Grant. 

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