In April last year, the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry applied to the Intellectual Property Office to trademark the Duchess' royal title - so that one of her official charities could use her name on a range of goods and services, including "clothing, footwear and headgear". It's not yet been confirmed when, or if, such a range will be released - or if it was merely an action to prevent others from releasing products under her name.
"We have been registering our new name and logo in different territories around the world," a spokesman for St James' Palace said. "As part of that process, we have to choose any categories under which we might conceivably operate in the future. This also protects the foundation against other people using its name illegally. We included clothing in case we choose, for example, to make T-shirts in years to come, for marathon runners, etc."
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