Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have allegedly discussed “ditching their Windsor surname” as part of a major rebranding attempt.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex may assume the Spencer title as a tribute to Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana. According to an expert, the switch-up is a “bid to align with Diana.”
Claims about a prospective change for the pair, who retired from royal duties three years ago, emerged after it was revealed that their arrangement with Spotify had come to an end last week.
Following the cancellation of their multi-million-pound deal, royal author Tom Bower has said that they may alter their name.
Both Meghan and Harry would take his late mother’s maiden name, Spencer, as a result of the alteration.
“What’s really interesting in the rebranding of the Sussexes is that Meghan decided her real object in life was to be Diana,” Bower said on GB News.
“That has always been her passion, that has also been Harry’s passion and Meghan went to the extent of suggesting that they should drop the name Windsor and take the surname Spencer. So she’d be Meghan Spencer – the new Diana.”
Bower told Dan Wootton on his show that he believes it has already been “discussed” with others, with the Duke adopting “his mother’s name as well.”
He said, “They’ve discussed it not only by themselves but with others too. This isn’t something they’ve plucked out of their minds. They were actively trying to recast themselves as Harry and Meghan Spencer.”
“He’d take his mother’s name too. It’s all about the break-off. They’d also give up the Sussex title because instead, you’ve got the new incarnation of Diana.”
Following their royal departure in early 2020, Harry and Meghan negotiated arrangements with several companies, including Netflix and Penguin Random House.
The duo took nearly two years to release content on Spotify, with Meghan’s podcast series ‘Archetypes’ being released last August.
Following the conclusion of the dozen-episode podcast series, a discussion emerged over whether the Duchess will return with a second season.
The couple’s two-part Netflix docuseries premiered in December 2022, followed by Harry’s tell-all memoir ‘Spare’ in January 2023.