What is Archewell Foundation and when will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s charity launch?


SINCE stepping back as senior royals, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are now launching their own non-profit foundation, Archewell. 

But when will their big venture launch and what can we expect from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex?

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are launching their own non-profit foundation, Archewell, in due course

What is the Archewell Foundation?

Meghan and Harry are looking into creating a non-profit organisation called Archewell, as their big venture post-royal duties. 

The non-profit aims to offer “classes, lectures, seminars, conferences, workshops, and retreats on a variety of topics,” run a mentoring scheme, or conduct and host “events and exhibitions for cultural, sporting, health, mental health and entertainment purposes.”

It also has the potential to self-publish articles, magazines, books, music, podcasts, television shows, and computer software.

Meghan and Harry, who are currently holed up at Tyler Perry’s £15million LA mansion, confirmed plans for their charity in April and said they “look forward” to getting back to work after ditching their Sussex Royal brand.

The name Arche, the Greek word meaning source of action, was also the inspiration behind son Archie’s name

Where does the name Archewell come from?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed Arche, the Greek word meaning source of action, was also the inspiration behind the name of their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, who turned one on May 6.

“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,” they told The Daily Telegraph. “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.”

Documentation also shows the charity’s official Archewell logo

When will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s charity launch?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex told the Daily Telegraph: “We look forward to launching Archewell when the time is right.”

According to reports, they have delayed their plans until at least next year, as they focus their efforts on the Black Lives Matter movement and fighting COVID-19.

Describing how a public launch is now “off the cards”, a source said: “What’s absolutely clear is that they want to get it right and there’s no point in rushing.

“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.”

Meghan and Harry have been sent an Irregularity Notice as their application was initially rejected, it was reported in June

Why was the Archewell trademark rejected?

In June it wad reported Meghan and Harry’s Archewell trademark application for their ambitious non-profit was rejected.

The former royals didn’t sign the application, it was “too vague” and they didn’t pay all the fees required.

An examiner was assigned to review their application on May 26 and they have since been sent an ‘Irregularity Notice’ by the USPTO addressing a catalog of errors, including the vague nature of their plans, according to documents.

The Notice features a number of changes which need to be made by the couple’s attorney, Marjorie Witter Norman, by August 22 – otherwise the application will become “abandoned”.

HOAR understands even the most diligently drafted trademark application may be initially rejected by the USPTO, with one in five failing their first examination.

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