Archewell: The touching meaning behind the name of Harry and Meghan’s new venture

Not long after stepping down from life as official senior royals and sharing that heartfelt final farewell Instagram post, Harry and Meghan have unveiled plans to launch their new charity organisation, Archewell.

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After having to give up use of the Sussex Royal brand name, due to restrictions on using the term ‘royal’ now that they are financially independent, the couple needed to come up with a new name to perform their philanthropic ventures under.

And paperwork filed in the US last month confirms that the couple are not ruling out any kind of venture within Archewell. As well as considering sharing ‘education and training materials’ via films, podcasts and books and registering trademark requests for everything from motion picture films to paperclips, it has also been confirmed that they plan to create a new ‘website featuring information in the field of nutrition, general health and mental health.’

It’s rumoured that the new website could be reminiscent of the actress’ now-defunct wellbeing website The Tig, which she closed shortly after beginning her relationship with Harry. There is also the potential to self-publish articles, magazines, books, music, podcasts, television shows and computer software.

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Speaking to The Telegraph, Harry and Meghan explained that they wanted the organisation ‘to do something of meaning, to do something that matters’.

While the couple had planned to delay releasing details on the launch of their new not-for-profit organisation due to wanting to focus on providing relief during the coronavirus pandemic, they have since shared the story of the name, Archewell, and it gives an incredible insight to their baby son’s name, too.

‘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,’ they told the paper.

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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 organisation 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.’