Prince Harry and Meghan Markle surprised their fans by launching a new website this week – sussex.com. But the couple have been heavily criticised by royal watchers
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have raised eyebrows with the launch of their new website – which was quietly rolled out last night
It appears there was a lot of work going on behind the scenes – right up until one significant date.
According to the registry directory site Whois.com, the final update to the new website took place on 4th February – just 24 hours before King Charles announced publicly that he had been diagnosed with cancer.
In light of the news, Harry decided to drop everything to fly back to London – although he only spent a total of 45 minutes with his father at Clarence House before the monarch and Queen Camilla left for Norfolk in a helicopter. Harry then headed back to Heathrow airport – just 25 hours after he landed in the UK.
Following his return, he and Meghan prepared for the launch of their new website, which officially went live on 12 February.
The couple’s previous site, Archewell, now automatically redirects to Sussex.com , which consistently refers to the couple by their official royal titles. It features a photograph of the pair, with the text ‘The Office of Prince Harry & Meghan, The Duke & Duchess of Sussex’, alongside a royal coat of arms.
In individual biographies of the couple, Harry is highlighted as a “humanitarian, military veteran, mental health advocate, and environmental campaigner” – but not as a member of the Royal Family.
Similarly, Meghan is described as a “feminist and champion of human rights and gender equity”, who has been named “one of the most influential women in the world” across a series of rankings.
One source told the Mail: “They are going to have real trouble with the use of Sussex. It is a royal title and if there is any hint of commercialism about this it will be shut down. It’s just staggering they cannot see how gauche it is.”
In February 2002, a spokeswoman for the pair said they would no longer use the word ‘royal’, saying: “While the duke and duchess are focused on plans to establish a new non-profit organisation, given the specific UK government rules surrounding use of the word royal, it has been therefore agreed that their non-profit organisation, when it is announced this spring, will not be named Sussex Royal Foundation.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use ‘Sussex Royal’ in any territory post-spring 2020. Therefore, the trademark applications that were filed as protective measures, acting on advice from and following the same model for The Royal Foundation, have been removed.”
The Sussexes’ online rebranding comes amid speculation that they may be seeking new production companies to work with.
Their £18million deal with Spotify recently came to an end, and there have been rumours that streaming giant Netflix will not renew its £80million contract with them.
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