When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they would be stepping back from their duties in the royal family, the couple planned to also become financially independent. However, after Queen Elizabeth reportedly took away the pair’s privilege to use “Sussex Royal,” they felt “victimized” by the monarch.

On Jan. 8, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their plan to split their time between the UK and North America. Despite their plans, a royal insider recently claimed the couple is “very, very unhappy with the Queen’s decision.”

On Saturday, Prince Harry and Meghan shared an update on their official website that appeared to call out unfair treatment from Queen Elizabeth, and explained the removal of their trademarking requests for “Royal Sussex” and “Royal.”

“While there is precedent for other titled members of the Royal Family to seek employment outside of the institution, for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, a 12-month review period has been put in place,” the statement read.

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams believes the announcement was Meghan and Harry’s way of shading Queen Elizabeth. During a conversation on Australia’s “Sunrise” program, Fitzwilliams claimed the statement was “an unnecessary potshot at the Queen.”

“They wanted to make a point with this - but did they need to? They feel they are being victimized by being put on a 12-month probation,” he explained.

“They wanted to remain part-time working royals. They wanted to be able to use their titles. The Queen stepped in with this decision because she had to. Harry should have shown more humility,” he added.

However, he wasn’t the only person who took issue with Meghan and Harry’s announcement. Royal biographer Tom Bower told the Mail Online that the couple’s explanation about the removal of their trademarking made the public see “Meghan’s true nature and motives.”

“While there is not any jurisdiction by The Monarchy or Cabinet Office over the use of the word ‘Royal’ overseas, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘Sussex Royal’ or any iteration of the word ‘Royal’ in any territory (either within the UK or otherwise) when the transition occurs Spring 2020,” the statement read.

Bower believes Meghan intentionally compared their situation to other members of the royal family. “Her comments about the Queen’s decision smacks of spiteful fury. I fear it will get worse,” he stated.

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Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are photographed. AFP/Tolga AKMEN