Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Name Non-Profit After Their Son Archie

Chloe Foussianes
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From Good Housekeeping

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have revealed their long-promised new initiative: a non-profit named Archewell, named for "Arche"—the same Greek word that inspired the couple to name their son Archie. The Telegraph broke the news of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's plans to launch the organization this evening.

It is understood that the couple weren't planning to announce Archewell—and aren't planning to launch it now, amid the coronavirus crisis—but responded to the Telegraph when asked for comment on a story about the non-profit.

"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 Duke and Duchess told the publication in a statement.

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"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. We look forward to launching Archewell when the time is right."

In March, Harry and Meghan filed paperwork in the U.S. to trademark Archewell. The trademark requests are extensive and wide-ranging, but Town & Country understands that this is for protective purposes, and these requests do not necessarily indicate specific plans for the organization.

For example, the Telegraph reported that under the umbrella of Archewell, the couple hoped to "run emotional support groups, a multi-media educational empire, and even launch a wellbeing website;" however, Town & Country specifically understands that the Sussexes do not currently plan to set up a support group.

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