Harry ditches royal surname in official paperwork after moving to Los Angeles with Meghan
Prince Harry has stopped using his royal surname as he and his wife Meghan Markle left the United Kingdom to start a "new life" in Los Angeles.
Reports have claimed that while registering a new sustainable tour firm, Travalyst, the 35-year-old younger son of Prince Charles and late Lady Diana neither used his HRH title nor the family name Mountbatten-Windsor.
He also dropped the surname Wales which he used during his school days and in the Army, as he preferred to be listed only as Prince Henry Charles Albert David, Duke of Sussex.
Travalyst, led by Harry, is “a bold new global initiative founded by Booking.com, Skyscanner, Trip.com, TripAdvisor and Visa, with the ambition to change the impact of travel, for good,” according to its website.
The company website also mentioned that the company’s founders believe “in the power and importance of travel and that we also have a shared responsibility to our planet and to each other.”
“That’s why we’re coming together as a catalyst for change. We want to be the driving force that paves a new way to travel, helping everyone explore our world in a way that protects both people and places, and secures a positive future for destinations and local communities for generations to come,” it added.
This comes soon after Harry and Meghan announced that they are launching a new charitable foundation called Archewell. They also shared the meaning behind the name of their foundation and said the Greek word 'Arche', which means a source of action, was the inspiration behind the name of their son Archie.
"Archewell is a name that combines an ancient word for strength and action, and another that evokes the deep resources we each must draw upon. We look forward to launching Archewell when the time is right," Harry and Meghan shared as the details about the non-profit have been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) had previously reported that Harry and the ‘Suits’ star moved from Canada to the US in a last-minute decision amid the coronavirus outbreak to start their new life in Meghan's hometown LA. The pair had taken a private jet before the two countries’ borders were shut amid the pandemic.
According to reports, one of the main reasons behind the couple's move was that they did not want to pay tax in two countries. "They were told getting work visas in Canada would be difficult and because Meghan remains a US citizen, so is taxed on her worldwide income, she would end up paying in the US and Canada," an insider had said.
After the move, Harry also set up an office in Beverly Hills and another in London. All the official documents have listed Harry as "Individual Person with Significant Control" and under the nature of the business, it is categorized as "other professional, scientific and technical activities not elsewhere classified".
Meanwhile, the royal website has stated, “The Prince of Wales chooses to alter the present decisions when he becomes king, he will continue to be of the House of Windsor and his grandchildren will use the surname Mountbatten-Windsor."