Meghan’s royal letterhead replaced in first letter since Oprah interview

Meghan Markle appears to have dropped her royal letterhead a day after the tell-all Oprah interview aired.

Just hours before the bombshell TV interview with Oprah Winfrey dropped in the UK on ITV, the Duchess of Sussex sent a letter to a school in Barking.

But instead of using the official Duke and Duchess of Sussex royal monogram on the letterhead, she sent one with an Archewell logo instead – the name of the couple's charity foundation which intends to improve the world "one act of compassion at a time."

Royal-watchers believe using the new monogram reflects the Queen's recent decision preventing Harry and Meghan from returning to public service, reports the Express.

However, Meghan has not totally dropped the Royal touch, signing the letter "Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex".

While they still retain their Royal titles, Harry and Meghan are not allowed to use them in connection with their private work, which has recently included signing a reported $100 million deal with Netflix.

In the letter, which marked International Woman's Day on March 8, she thanked pupils for welcoming her to the school last year before she and Harry left the UK, and she noted lockdown had ended for pupils back in her former home country.

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She said: "I have no doubt it has been incredibly challenging for you all as you have had to adjust to homeschooling. However, I am thrilled the schools in the UK have reopened today."

Paying tribute to the work of equal rights campaigner Geraldine Dear, who joined the Royal on the school visit, the Duchess said: "By knowing and appreciating legacy we can – and you can – find inspiration to create legacy.

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"All of you will continue paving the way for a better and more compassionate future. Last year, I told you that your voices have the ability to change the world. I hope that you are continuing to make your voices heard."

Meghan also mentioned the Archewell organisation, saying part of its remit was to encourage people "to participate in real acts of compassion for the women in their lives and their community."

Expert Iain MacMarthanne, previously explained royal monograms last year, saying: "Monograms are used by all members of the Royal Family, either an individual letter or, when a couple, both letters intertwined."

He said royals tend to 'continue' to use the monogram and "changes in sovereign" do not affect this, but it seems they will no longer use it going forward.

During the tell-all chat with US host Oprah, Meghan claimed a member of the royal family made racist comments in relation to Archie's skin colour before he was born.

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Buckingham Palace released a statement after Harry and Meghan's interview.

They said: "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.

“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members.”

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