'IT'S BIZARRE!' Prince Harry and Meghan make STRANGE announcement - and fans get angry.
What's going on?
Editor / May 03 2019
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been slammed by fans yet again for BANNING the sale of any royal memorabilia to mark the birth of their new baby.
The couple have decided NOT to release any official royal merchandise to mark the upcoming birth of the royal baby.
The Royal Collection Trust confirmed that you will NOT be able to buy any plates, tea towels, cups or photos by saying, "We have no new ranges to announce."
New lines of royal memorabilia were released to celebrate the births of all three of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children - Prince George in 2013, Princess Charlotte in 2015, and Prince Louis in 2018.
In fact, the baby section of the Royal Collection Shop website still features the merchandise released for the birth of Prince Louis last year. The items on sale include royal baby commemorative pillboxes, plates, and rocking horse decorations.
BUT, there is no mention of Harry and Markle's baby on the site.
Richard Fitzwilliams, royal commentator and former editor of "The International Who's Who" told INSIDER that merchandise is too "commercial" for the couple.
"If the Royal Collection Trust did it for William and Kate's children one might have expected it for Baby Sussex but there is a view that officially releasing merchandise when a baby is born is somehow too commercial. It's a personal decision," he said.
But fans are upset that they won't get to add to their collections with mugs, plates, tea towels and other products to make the occasion of the birth of Dian's grandchild.
'I feel like they actively do the opposite of what Wills and Kate did,' said one fan. 'It's bizarre. It makes us feel like they don't want our love and support.'
But Richard Fitzwilliams says that royal watchers will still find non-approved memorabilia for sale to celebrate the occasion.
"Those who collect will find plenty of unofficial outlets where they can buy this sort of memorabilia," he said.
The decision isn't surprising considering the couple have refused to pose immediately after the birth of the royal baby, expected any day now. And are shunning the royal favourte Lindo Wing maternity ward where Kate has given birth to all three children.
There have even been reports the pair could even more to Africa to raise their child once its born.
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Frances Sheen has been a magazine and website journalist & editor for the last 20 years - both in Australia and the UK. She's appeared on countless TV and radio shows to discuss parenting and launched her own social media parenting brand. She's the mum of two little girls and juggles that with a busy working life.