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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have trademarked 100 items under ‘Sussex Royal’[/caption]

Here’s what’s going on with the famous family today…

Meghan Markle ‘could launch her own NEWSPAPER as she trademarks 100 items under “Sussex Royal”

Media-savvy Meghan Markle could launch her own newspaper or magazine after her and Prince Harry trademarked 100 items under the “Sussex Royal” name.

The couple have applied to have their royal trademark stamped on scores of items and services (including clothing, footwear and printed material), according to the Intellectual Property Office.

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The couple are spending the Christmas period in Canada with their son Archie[/caption]

Sussex Royal has also put its trade mark on “health and wellness training, education and training relating to nature, conservation and the environment, organising youth training schemes and training sports coaches”.

And in another section, their brand will cover “social care services, namely organising and conducting emotional support groups, counselling, mentoring and personal care services”.

By protecting their trade mark, the royals will be able to take action if anyone tries to use their names on unapproved products or services, or tries to use them on counterfeit items.

Meghan Markle’s friend gets special recognition from The Queen in New Year’s Honours list

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Meghan’s friend Clara Loughran is included in the New Years Honours list and is pictured handing the Duchess her bouquet on her wedding day in May 2018[/caption]

Meghan Markle’s friend has received a special recognition from The Queen in her New Year’s Honours list.

Clara Loughran – who is Senior Programme Coordinator to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and was involved in the couple’s wedding – has been made a Member of the Victorian Order by The Queen.

This special recognition – which was included in The Queen‘s annual New Years honours – is reserved for people who have served Her Majesty or a member of the Royal Family.

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Kate Middleton was made a Dame Grand Cross of the Victorian Order in July this year[/caption]

In July, The Queen made Kate Middleton a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, which is the highest rank equivalent of a Knight.

The Dame Grand Cross was founded in April 1896 by Queen Victoria as a way of rewarding services to the monarchy and the Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Anne and the Countess of Wessex all hold this esteemed honour.

Olivia Newton-John to be made a Dame as Elton John and Nadiya Hussain receive New Year Honours from The Queen

Grease star Olivia Newton-John is to be made a Dame in a New Year Honours list packed with names from the world of entertainment.

The singer, 71, gets the gong for services to charity, cancer research and entertainment.

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Olivia Newton John will be made a Dame by The Queen[/caption]

Meanwhile, Sir Elton John, 72, will have his knighthood upgraded to a Companion of Honour — becoming one of only 65 living recipients of the award.

There are also awards for several TV cooks. Nigel Slater, 61, will become an OBE, while Ainsley Harriott, 62, and Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, 35, are both made MBEs for services to broadcasting and the culinary arts.

In total, 1,097 people will receive honours, the Cabinet Office said, with 50.7 per cent going to women — the second highest for a New Year Honours list, after 51 per cent in 2014.

In more Royal Family news, Kate Middleton cooed over a newborn and praised midwives for their “amazing work” after spending two days on a maternity unit.

And this is the hilarious moment Princess Charlotte refused to give a bouquet to a royal aide after she was gifted it by a “star struck” fan.

Plus The Queen is hiring a housekeeping assistant at Windsor Castle – and you get to live in the grounds like Meghan and Harry.

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