he Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been quietly working away on their non-profit organization since announcing plans at the start of the year, and now they’re one step closer to bringing it to life after choosing a name: Archewell.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan shared details on the new venture after filing a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on March 10. They had hoped the information would remain secret until they were ready to make a formal announcement, but it didn’t take long for word to get out, due to the paperwork being in the public domain.
“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 share 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.”
They add, “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.”
The documents were first reported by The Telegraph, and features an extensive list of categories from movies to podcasts, clothing to charitable services, and even online seminars, lectures, and retreats. But don’t read into these details too much, as a source close to the couple tells BAZAAR.com, “The list of trademarking categories is extensive for protection purposes only.”
Indeed, despite speculation, BAZAAR understands that the couple currently have no plans for support groups or for Meghan to launch a lifestyle website “featuring information in the field of nutrition, general health, and mental health.”
If all goes to plan, Harry and Meghan plan to share actual details of their future endeavors later this year, closer to the summer. They add, “We look forward to launching Archewell when the time is right.”
From Harper’s Bazaar US