Meghan Markle says she and Prince Harry are being 'picked on'

Meghan Markle has told close friends that restrictions by the Royal family are being placed on them as ‘payback’ for wanting to live independently.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were recently told that they are banned from using the word ‘royal’ after they tried to trademark the name ‘Sussex Royal” for their charity.

The restriction comes after lengthy discussions with the Queen about their exit.

The pair responded with a statement saying: “While there is not any jurisdiction by the monarchy over the use of the word 'royal' overseas, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use any iteration of the word 'royal' in any territory."

Meghan says they were left “with no choice” but to respond to the restrictions and that they are being ‘picked on’ for making the move.

“She said if anyone should feel insulted, it should be them. They never intended to capitalize on the word Royal, and to insinuate they were somehow abusing their privileges is absurd,” the friend told the Daily Mail.

“She said she and Harry will continue to rise above jealousy and pettiness and focus on the good they are creating and on being the best parents to Archie.

“She said she will continue to champion Harry because out of everyone, he has the most integrity and the most loyalty.”

Meanwhile, Prince Harry has requested that people now simply refer to him as “Harry”.

His request was made during a tourism conference in Edinburgh – one of his final engagements as an active member of the royal family.

"He's made it clear that we are all just to call him Harry,” The event's host, Ayesha Hazarika said as he welcomed him to the stage.

Harry and Meghan’s royal duties will wrap up on March 31 and a 12-month transition period will begin. During this time, they will establish their non-profit organisation.

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