The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have revealed plans to launch a new charitable organization called Archewell. The couple, who officially stepped down as senior royals last week, are set to replace the SussexRoyal brand with their own charity, a wellbeing website, and several philanthropic projects and support groups.
Meghan and Harry, who recently relocated to America, explained the significance of the new project. The Greek word, Arche – meaning source of action – was the inspiration behind the name of their first child, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor. The pair, who are “looking forward” to launching their new venture, will refrain from revealing further details while the world works to flatten the Covid-19 curve.
“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 Telegraph, referring to the filing of paperwork for the brand in the US last month. “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.”
Meghan and Harry aim to become fully financially independent from the Queen. In the emotional farewell they posted via Instagram, they shared that they intend to spend the next few months focusing on family life while privately supporting charities. They will launch Archewell “when the time is right”.
Originally published on Vogue.co.uk