Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan to name their foundation Archewell

By Zach Harper

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan to name their foundation Archewell


Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are proud, doting parents to their son Archie, who turns one year old next month. And now they've revealed how they chose his name in a statement about their plans for their non-profit foundation, a new report says.

The couple, who stepped down as senior royals on March 31, plan to call the organization Archewell and launch it sometime in the near future. According to the Telegraph, "arche" was the source of inspiration for Archie's name, and they were eyeing it for their foundation before Sussex Royal.

"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 said in a statement, according to the publication.

"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."

Harry and Meghan's final joint engagement as senior royals was the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 9. Photo: © Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The Telegraph reports the couple filed paperwork in the United States in March. The publication says the organization will involve a charitable outfit, "volunteer services, wide-ranging website, and sharing education and training materials via films, podcasts and books" and many more endeavours. The filing also includes trademarks for the name.

Meghan and Harry were reported to have moved to Los Angeles last month, where they're reported to be actively social distancing. Despite Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, living in the city, they've reportedly stayed inside and are communicating with friends and family by phone and video chat. They relocated to the City of Angels from Vancouver Island, where they had been staying in a home near North Saanich, B.C. with Archie. That house had largely been their home since November 2019, when they took a six-week break from royal duties.

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