Harry and Meghan ‘to launch own awards rivalling Queen’s honours list’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are planning their own brand of OBEs and knighthoods from across the pond.

The couple, who live in a plush £11 million mansion in Santa Barbara, will recognise do-gooders in fields they champion.

Charities and individuals will be awarded the couple’s praise for services to eduction and environmental stewardship, according to court documents reported on by The Sun.

They hope to celebrate "charitable service, education, science, literature, racial justice, gender equity, environmental stewardship, youth empowerment, health and mental health," papers filed in the US reveal.

The awards, which will be run by the couple's Archewell foundation, will run alongside the Queen's Knighthoods, CBEs, OBEs and MBEs.

Lawyers for the California-based pair first applied for permission to trademark the name in March but were rejected as their papers are vague and unsigned.

A resubmitted application is now under review.

Those who gain awards in the Queen's honours are decided by committees made up of senior civil servants and people independent of the Government.

Some have turned down their award from the Queen for political reasons.

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The Duke and Duchess stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family in March as they relocated to North America.

Their home in Montecito is estimated to be worth £11 million, with the couple’s famous neighbours including Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah.

Their marital home, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, is said to be "on loan" to Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank.

Meanwhile, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have embarked on a train-tour of the UK to celebrate 2020s heroes.

Kate and William set off on a three-day journey to pay tribute to those who have gone "above and beyond" this year, kicking off with a special tribute to transport workers who have kept the country moving.

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