New blow for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex as charity plans are rejected

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  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have ran into a problem in their application to trademark their new charity, Archewell.

    • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s application to trademark their new charitable organisation has been rejected because they didn’t sign the paperwork correctly or pay the correct fee
    • The application was turned down by the United Staes Patent and Trademark Office as it could not be ‘properly verified’
    • It said the wording ‘providing a website featuring content relating to philanthropy, monetary giving, volunteer and career opportunities’ was too vague
    • It follows royal news that Sophie Wessex has been named a royal key worker


    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s desire to launch their own charitable organisation, Archewell, has hit its first stumbling block.

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    According to the Mirror, Harry and Meghan’s application was turned down by the United States Patent and Trademark Office as it could not be “properly verified”.

    The Notice of Office Action – a public report surrounding the application – said the wording “providing a website featuring content relating to philanthropy, monetary giving, volunteer and career opportunities” is said to be “indefinite and over broad”.

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    After revealing their plans to step away from the royal family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced the new organisation that will replace their SussexRoyal brand.

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    Opening up about the idea behind the charity, The Sussexes said, “Before SussexRoyal, came the idea of Arche – the Greek word meaning source of action. We connected to this concept for the charitable organisation we hoped to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son’s name.

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    “To do something of meaning, to do something that matters.”

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    Revealing the origin behind their choice of name, which links closely to their son Archie’s name, they added, “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. We look forward to launching Archewell when the time is right.”

    Thankfully, it doesn’t seem that this is the end for Archewell as the Telegraph reports that the paperwork is part of the “normal-back and-forth of the trademarking process” and the pair have until August to make the required changes.

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