The Queen opens new hospital in first royal engagement since nephew revealed divorce

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THE Queen today put on a brave face as she arrived to open a hospital in her first engagement since it was revealed her nephew was getting a divorce.

The 93-year-old smiled as she arrived at the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals today amid the tumultous week for her family.

The Queen is pictured arriving at the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospital
: Britain's Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex pose for a picture with some of Queen's Young Leaders at a Buckingham Palace reception following the final Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony, in London
After lengthy and complex talks the Queen decided the couple could no longer use the word ‘Royal’ in their branding

It was this week revealed her nephew, the Earl of Snowdon, was set to split to his wife.

And the news came just days after the Queen’s grandson Peter Phillips announced his divorce from wife Autumn.

Meanwhile, it was overnight revealed the Queen had ordered Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to drop their “Sussex Royal” label.

The couple – who spent tens of thousands of pounds on a new Sussex Royal website and trademarks – were told they will have to find a new brand after lengthy talks with the monarch.

Overnight, it was reported Her Majesty had “little choice” than to make the decision to stop Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, from using the Royal name in the future.

A source told TheDaily Mail: “If they aren’t carrying out official duties and are now seeking other commercial opportunities, they simply cannot be allowed to market themselves as royals.”

The pair who now face rebranding their website and their charitable organisation – Sussex Royal, The Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

A royal source said overnight: “As The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are stepping back as senior Members of the Royal Family and will work towards financial independence, use of the word Royal, in this context, needed to be reviewed. Discussions are still ongoing.”

The Sussexes Instagram page, @sussexroyal, has 11.2million followers anddozens of trademark applicationswere made for various products.

The Duke and Duchess had been busy putting the Sussex Royal stamp on a number of items from pencils to socks since June as theymove towards becoming “financially independent”.

They also launched a new website, which went live to coincide with their bombshell revelation.

The Queen has made clear she does not accept working Royals profiting from their royal position.

During Megxit talks Buckingham Palace officials had made it clear the use of the word royal would have to be evaluated.

It comes after Harry and Meghanaxed their 15 UK staff, in their surest sign they will never return to Britain to live.

The Earl of Snowdon and his wife the Countess of Snowdon share two children together

The couple wed in October 1993 but have now “amicably agreed” that their marriage has come to an end

It is the second royal split in a week and comes after the Queens grandson Peter Phillips, top right, is to separate from his wife Autumn Kelly, top left

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moved to Canada

 

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