Harry and Meghan merchandise being sold at reduced prices after royal split

Merchandise depicting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on display in a souvenir shop near Buckingham Palace (Reuters)

Merchandise featuring the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is being sold off at discount prices following their decision to split with the Royal Family.

Tourist trinkets depicting the royal couple were reduced to clear on Monday in several shops across the UK.

Retailers are so desperate to offload their stock that one outlet in Heathrow had even reduced the price of its Harry and Meghan postcards from 99p to 10p, a store worker told Yahoo News UK.

Another gift shop worker, Sam Khan, said: "They're not a part of the Royal Family anymore.

Harry and Meghan postcards reduced to clear at Heathrow Airport (Yahoo News UK)

“After the split-up suppliers are not going to do these things. We just want to sell all the stock we have got. We don't want to keep it in the shop."

In one store mugs featuring the couple were reduced from £8.99 to £4.99.

Another shop had tea tins selling for a special price of two tins for £8 or £4.99 each.

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Last week it was announced Harry and Meghan will stop using their royal titles, give up state funding and repay taxpayer money used to refurbish Frognal Cottage as they split from the Royal Family.

Critics have accused the couple of turning their backs on the monarchy to enjoy the freedom of being able to take on commercial ventures.

Harry and Meghan had wanted to remain as working royals, although not prominent members, and drop their public funding so they could become financially independent – a dual role many commentators said was fraught with problems.

On Sunday night, Prince Harry said he was “taking a leap of faith” in stepping back from his life as a member of the Royal Family, but “there really was no other option”.

In a speech at a private event for his charity Sentebale, Harry told invited guests: “What I want to make clear is we’re not walking away, and we certainly aren’t walking away from you.

“Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the Commonwealth, and my military associations, but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible.

“I’ve accepted this, knowing that it doesn’t change who I am or how committed I am.

“But I hope that helps you understand what it had to come to, that I would step my family back from all I have ever known, to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life.”