The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, may be planning to change their last name, according to royal author Tom Bower.
According to The Hindustan Times, a royal expert revealed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been talking about “ditching their Windsor surname” in a “major rebrand.” According to the publication, the couple might take on Princess Diana’s last name, Spencer, as part of the branding.
The royal specialist asserted that the probable change in surname is a “bid to align with Diana” in response to the cancellation of their Spotify contract.
“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 continued.
“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,” the royal author continued adding that the pair would allegedly drop the Sussex title.
This comes after The Wall Street Journal reported that Prince Harry and Meghan ended their podcasting deal with Spotify. There will not be a second season of the pair’s podcast Archetypes despite launching at the top of charts, a source confirmed to The New York Post. Meghan hosted Archetypes with a series of different guests including Mariah Carey, Mindy Kaling and Serena Williams.
The podcast was created to “investigate, dissect and subvert the labels that try to hold women back.”
A source told the publication that the couple did not produce enough content for a multi-million dollar payout. It seems the decision was mutual as Spotify and Archewell Audio said they have “mutually agreed to part ways and are proud of the series we made together,” in a joint statement.
However, the Duke and Duchess seemingly have a better offer with another platform.
“Meghan is continuing to develop more content for the Archetypes audience on another platform,” said a source to the Wall Street Journal.
Just days after cutting ties with Spotify, Mail on Sunday reported that Prince Harry’s wife Meghan Markle is in talks with Dior over a deal. However, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess told The Telegraph. that the rumours surrounding the couple’s potential partnership with Dior is not true.
Following the speculation, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were dubbed the “Duke and Duchess of Dior”.