Prince Harry and Meghan have risked another row with the royal family after launching a new website using their Sussex title last night.
The couple replaced their Archewell web page with a site called Sussex.com that includes their biographies and lists their recent activities.
But sources have warned that their use of their Sussex title and royal crest for apparently commercial purposes could provoke complaints from the palace.
One said: “They are going to have real problems with the use of Sussex. This is a royal title and if there is even the slightest hint of commercialism about it it will be shut down. It’s just astonishing that they can’t see how gauche this is.
However, a source close to the couple said last night: “Prince Harry and Meghan are the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. It is a fact. This is their first and last name.
The new Sussex.com homepage features an image of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attending the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in September 2023.
The royal crest of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex features prominently on the new Sussex.com website and could cause tensions as a result.
The launch of the website fueled speculation that they were trying to reinvigorate their media careers.
The homepage of the “Office of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex” went live last night. It features glowing biographies of Harry, 39, and Meghan, 42, as well as the latest news about the couple.
The Duke is described as a “veteran humanitarian, military, mental health advocate and environmental campaigner”. His wife is hailed as a “feminist and champion of human rights and gender equality”.
The Sussexes’ online rebranding comes amid speculation they may be looking for new production companies to work with. Their £18m deal with Spotify recently ended, and rumors have swirled that streaming giant Netflix may not renew its £80m deal with them.
The website is managed by the “Office of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex” and is a “one stop shop” for all their activities.
Their “About” page reads: “The office of Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex is shaping the future through business and philanthropy. »
The site Sussex.com has flowery descriptions of the Duke and Duchess.
This comes ahead of the couple’s trip to Canada for celebrations one year before the end of the Invictus Games Vancouver Whistler 2025.
Sussex.com is minimalist in design and features a large photograph of the couple on the homepage.
It contains links to the Archewell Foundation and Archewell Productions, as well as the controversial website sussexroyal.com launched in 2020 to coincide with their decision to step down as working royals.
It is believed that the Duke and Duchess will use the site to share their personal and official updates, keeping people informed via the ‘News’ section.
Their “About” page reads: “The office of Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex is shaping the future through business and philanthropy.
“This includes: the Archewell Foundation, Archewell Productions, patronages, businesses and organizations that receive support from the couple, individually and/or together.”
There is also a page dedicated to Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, detailing their journeys and achievements.
Prince Harry’s biography references his 10 years of service in the British armed forces and his status as a New York Times bestselling author of Spare, “a memoir of his life told with compassion, vulnerability and unflinching honesty” .
Meghan’s biography references her advocacy work, her career in the entertainment industry as a lead role in the television series “Suits” and as a New York Times bestselling author of children’s books ” The Bench” and “Together: Our Community Kitchen”.
Their biographies include the following sentence: “They are committed to their mission: showing up, doing good. They believe that charity work should not just be “a gift, but rather a hand in hand”.
The Archewell Foundation was established by the Duke and Duchess to “build meaningful initiatives” and “drive long-term change”.
Archewell Productions was founded in 2020 and “dedicated to illuminating diverse and thought-provoking stories that highlight our common humanity and celebrate community.”
Prince Harry traveled to London from Los Angeles last week to see his father, King Charles, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
Following the announcement of the king’s illness on Monday, Prince Harry, 39, flew to London from California where he lives with his wife Meghan Markle and their two children.
The Duke of Sussex took a commercial British Airways flight from Los Angeles and arrived at Buckingham Palace at 2:42 p.m.
He then spent about 45 minutes chatting with his father, in what would be their first real contact in 15 months.
It was their first official in-person meeting since the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022.
Meanwhile, Meghan Markle joined 15 Afghan women resettled in the United States to cook traditional Afghan dishes this weekend.
The Duchess of Sussex (center) prepared Afghan food with 15 Afghan women now living in the United States on Saturday.
The Duchess of Sussex created The Welcome Project in 2023 in collaboration with the Archewell Foundation, which she created with Prince Harry.
The program is meant to create “a safe haven and inclusive environment for women recently resettled in the United States from Afghanistan,” according to a press release from the Archewell Foundation.
On Saturday, Meghan joined the Southern California Welcome Project for an evening of cooking and storytelling.