Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Trademark for Their Archewell Foundation Wasn’t Actually Rejected
When Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex announced they were leaving the British royal family for life as private citizens, fans were shocked. Though Meghan has had an extensive career in acting, designing, and charity work, royal life is all the prince has ever known.
Still, the pair left the U.K. for North America where they began hatching their plan for a new life. There has been a ton of talk about what they will do next including discussions about the duchess’ return to the big screen, a relaunching of The Tig, and other big sponsorships.
However, shortly after relocating to Los Angeles, the pair unveiled their plans for Archewell Foundation. Unfortunately, the foundation has hit a major snag, but it’s not what you think.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s plan for Archewell have been revealed
Since they are used to living a certain type of lifestyle, the Sussexes have had to come up with a way where they can work on causes that move them while also making a living. It’s certainly going to be a tricky line to walk, but others like the Obamas and Oprah Winfrey have mastered it.
When their charity name Archewell leaked to the press amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Sussexes gave fans a glimpse into their future organization.
“Like you, our focus is on supporting efforts to tackle the global COVID-19 pandemic but faced with this information coming to light, we felt compelled to share the story of how this came to be,” the Sussexes shared in a statement. “Before SussexRoyal, came the idea of ‘Arche’—the Greek word meaning ‘source of action.’ We connected to this concept for the charitable organization we hoped to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son’s name. To do something of meaning, to do something that matters. 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.”
According to the trademark paperwork that was filed, the pair hope that the charity will cover everything from movies to podcasts as well as clothing charitable services, and even online seminars, lectures, and retreats.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry just put their Archewell foundation on hold
Despite all of the prep work that the Sussexes have undoubtedly done for Archewell in the past several months, they’ve just put the entire thing on hold.
Amid the coronavirus pandemics and the Black Lives Matter movement, they are shifting their focus. “[They’re] redirecting their efforts to the Black Lives Matter cause and the wider repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic,” a source told The Telegraph.
Archewell will not launch until 2021. “What’s absolutely clear is that they want to get it right and there’s no point in rushing,” a source told The Daily Mail. “They are settling into a new life, a new era. This is about getting it right and making sure they are able to make the difference they want to make.”
Inside the Archewell foundation trademark drama
It looks like Archewell might be stalled even further amid some trademark drama that the Sussexes are confronting. The Sun had reported that the Sussexes’ trademark was rejected because it was “too vague” and they did not sign the paperwork and failed to pay the required fee.
However, The Independent is reporting that that is untrue. It appears that the Sussexes’ trademark for Archewell is ongoing and that “this is part of the normal back-and-forth of the trademarking process.”
It looks like things are moving along as expected.