LONDON, April 6 (Reuters). British Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, who recently moved to the Los Angeles area after resigning from royal duties, said on Monday they wanted to start a new non-profit organization called Archewell.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, whose little son is Archie, gave up their work as working kings at the end of last month to forge new careers, earn their own money and spend most of their time in North America.
In their last message before leaving, Harry and Meghan said they would focus on their family over the next few months while building a new future nonprofit because they were forced to give up their former SussexRoyal brand.
The British daily Daily Telegraph reported late Monday that it had submitted extensive trademark requests in the United States last month.
“Like you, our focus is to support efforts to fight the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, given this information, we felt compelled to share the story of how this happened,” the couple said in a statement.
“Before SussexRoyal came the idea of” ark “- the Greek word for” source of action “. We connected this concept to the nonprofit organization we wanted to build one day and it became the inspiration for our son’s name . “
They said the name Archewell combines an old word for strength and action with another that “creates the deep resources that everyone needs to fall back on”.
“We look forward to launching Archewell when the time is right,” they said.
Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, a former actress who starred in the TV drama “Suits”, married in a glamorous ceremony in May 2018 and Archie was born a year later.
But relations with the media and Harry’s older brother Prince William became increasingly tense, and in January they announced plans to step down from their royal roles.
The move triggered a crisis, and in a subsequent deal with the Queen, her son and heirs Prince Charles and William, they agreed that the couple had to give up their royal jobs altogether.
The couple has spent most of their time in Canada since the fallout, but recently moved to the Los Angeles area where Meghan grew up and where her mother still lives. (Reporting by Michael Holden; editorial staff by Cynthia Osterman)