The Duke & Duchess of Sussex probably won’t launch Archewell this year?

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex gesture during their visit to Canada House in thanks for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada,  in London on January 7, 2020.

I have believed for some time that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would do a major rollout this year, where they would open a new Instagram account, launch their new charity and announce their new projects with a likely production company. Once we learned about the somewhat-authorized book, Finding Freedom, I thought that all of those moves would be timed specifically around the release of the book. It would make sense and it would be a massive PR push. Since Finding Freedom is coming out in August, that’s when I figured all of this would be launched. Guess what? Probably not! According to the Telegraph (the original source, although I’m using the Mail’s coverage), Meghan and Harry are postponing all of their launches until next year:

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have postponed the public launch of their Archewell charitable foundation – and will focus their efforts towards the coronavirus crisis and Black Lives Matter movement, according to reports.

The Duke, 35, and Duchess, 38, stepped down as senior royals in January before moving to LA, where they are currently residing at Tyler Perry’s $18million Beverly Hills mansion in LA. However, it is believed the couple were planning to launch their non-profit organisation from Los Angeles in spring – after formally registering the name in the US.

According to The Telegraph, sources said it is now unlikely Archewell will be launched this year, with the public unveiling ‘not on the cards’ until 2021. It is believed the couple were responding to current affairs, redirecting their efforts to the Black Lives Matter cause and the wider repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘What’s absolutely clear is that they want to get it right and there’s no point in rushing,’ the source explained. ‘They are settling into a new life, a new era. This is about getting it right and making sure they are able to make the difference they want to make. This is about getting it right and making sure they are able to make the difference they want to make.’

[From The Daily Mail]

Yeah, I get that they don’t want to step on the global newscycle about Black Lives Matter and all of that. But… they could have. I would genuinely like to see and hear from Meghan and Harry on the issues of the day, and to see them work on vital issues connected to the pandemic and BLM, like food insecurity, poverty, childhood trauma and more. And what’s driving me crazy is that Meghan and Harry don’t have an official Instagram at the moment – it must be driving Meghan crazy that she can’t post information about resources for BLM or Feeding America or whatever.

Meanwhile, Phil Dampier said words about Harry and Meghan as he promoted his book – get this – called Prince Philip: Wise Words and Golden Gaffes. Yes, let’s praise the racist old turd who is known for saying grossly offensive sh-t, while at the same time mocking the only member of the royal family who said something about whether black lives matter. Dampier said: “I think the lockdown has been good image-wise for all of the royals except for Harry and Meghan. They are the big losers in this because they now look somewhat isolated and somewhat irrelevant in this country. They still might have a massive role to play internationally or in America but I think people just shrug their shoulders in the UK.” Ah, yes, people just shrug whenever Harry and Meghan are mentioned, that must be why all of these colonizers can’t keep H&M’s names out of their mouths.

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  1. Sofia says:

    I think they’ll continue to do behind the scenes work (Meghan actually checked in on the Hubb ladies yesterday or so). I think their priority is making sure their patronages and causes are doing okay.

  2. Seraphina says:

    I just want to see more baby pics of Archie. 😍

    • Helen says:

      That’s creepy. None of these people owe you pictures of their children.

      • Seraphina says:

        @Helen, It’s creepy because you make it that way. He is a cute baby and puts a smile on peoples faces. And yes, they do not owe a picture of their child to the public and unfortunately the Innocent children are belittled to try and get to the parents. Lastly Helen I ask you, are you this nasty and vile minded in person as you are when hiding behind an alias and a computer?

      • Sofia says:

        I don’t think @Seraphina meant it maliciously. I think it was more “I want to see more pics because he’s so cute” and not “I DEMAND to see pics of Archie NOW!”

      • Ali says:

        Its creepy.

        Archie is a private citizen.

        Why not focus on the future, future, future king of England George? Or Charlotte and the other one

      • Tessa says:

        I had thought the Cambridges wanted privacy things seem to have changed. Archie is still grandson of the Prince of Wales.

      • Lady D says:

        No Ali, creepy is messaging someone’s mother over a blurb in a gossip magazine. I can’t believe you did that to Sasha’s mother.. Talk about crossing the line.

      • Malificent says:

        We’re all here on a gossip site because we are interested in the private lives of public people. Of course there should be boundaries to our interest — particularly for children of public figures. However, Seraphina in no way crossed any of those boundaries in expressing her wish to see another picture of an adorable little chubster like Archie.

    • Bettyrose says:

      Seraphina,

      It was a sweet thing to say. No rational person would take that comment to mean forcing their family into an unwanted spotlight.

    • harperG says:

      As a dog fan, I just want to see pics of her dogs. Her beagle is so cute!

      A Dogs of Sussex instagram would be awesome.

      • fluffy_bunny says:

        I would also love this. My son’s school has a dogs of school instagram and it’s great to see everyone’s dog pics.

      • Jay says:

        That would be amazing if they just repurposed Sussex royal to post nothing but adorable dog photos!

    • VS says:

      people are jumping on @Helen here; I do understand where Helen is coming from; Meghan got so many comments like why isn’t she showing Archie as if her kids is someone to be paraded for show. @Seraphina didn’t have bad intentions, I get that given the emoji she used.

      @Malificent — I disagree; I am a supporter of Meghan; I do not care if Archie is never seen publicly, the guy took almost nothing from her except her eyes anyway; he is all Harry’s. I started supporting her because of the abuse she received for daring to be excellent and making things easy! The way Meghan manages her private life is none of my business; I am supporting her initiatives and always will!

      I never really understood how seeing someone else’s kid can make people happy but I get that we are all different human beings with different things that make us happy! Supporting the Hubb Community Cookbook and seeing that impact made me happy; supporting her Vogue guest editing work, Smart Set collection made me happy! different strokes for each I guess.

      Archie is cute but I am more interested in Meghan, the person

  3. Britt says:

    Phil Dampier and the rest of those reporters want Harry and Meghan to be the losers and irrelevant but from where I’m sitting, the reporters are losers and irrelevant. They’re bitter and angry that they’re stuck with boring royals who don’t give them clicks or make their jobs worthwhile. These people have no idea what Harry and Meghan are doing and they’re just throwing stuff to see what sticks. Once they launch their foundation and start appearing, these same people will be clamoring for information and access. If anything, the Royal family and press are losing because especially in today’s world, Meghan is very important. They all know that and that’s why the coverage, besides the lawsuits and the Dan Wooton mess and BLM, they realized they killed the golden goose.

    • Sofia says:

      Plus they call the Sussexes irrelevant but if they had to choose between putting the Cambridges or the Sussexes on their front covers, I know who they would pick.

    • Ruby_Woo says:

      The level of hatred that these Royal Reporters have is really something to behold. From what I’m seeing he’s talking about Harry and Meghan while promoting a book about Prince Philip.

      He tweeted something like ‘will Harry and Meghan have any friends that AREN’T rich and powerful’?

      No, they will have as many rich and powerful friends as they want, and he will sit there and watch them be rich and powerful – that is his punishment.

      • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

        There was an article out about how LIZA MINNELLI (😂) has taken them (esp Harry) under her wing, because she was “such good friends” with Diana (and they published one pic of her and Diana together at an event). Oh….the shrieking in the comments! lolol

        LIZA posted on Twitter today, this is unequivocally FALSE, and she’s NEVER MET Harry and Meghan lolololol

      • Tessa says:

        I saw the DM is reporting about Colin Campbell’s book about Meghan and Harry from the excerpts she seemed to have cribbed from the worst of the DM comments sections and blogs. she talks about Meghan “breaching” etiquette at a lawn party where she and Harry were “asked to leave.” I remember how the anti Megs were all over that. tab gossip.

      • MsIam says:

        The irony of him mentioning Harry and Meg during his Philip book promo is so rich, lol. They are so irrelevant that he felt compelled to mention them when they aren’t even remotely connected to his project. Sure Phil.

      • Lizzie says:

        ‘THEY ARE IRRELEVANT’, said every Meghan troll ever as they furiously copy and paste that statement in multiple daily articles about Meghan.

  4. Em says:

    Geee what makes them think it will be a public launch? And the name is even going to be archwell? The British press tries to use their articles to dictate what this couple should do and not do. They live in another continent now. The British press needs to let it go

    • Dinah says:

      Exactly. Has there been any confirmation by H&M of this ‘delate to next year’ crap ? No. Harry and Meghan must be tired of these British press nonsense, the so called serious medio or tabloids; there is no deference between their royal reporting fabrications. All the media worldwide continue to copy and retell them unchecked and unconfirmed.

  5. JT says:

    I think it’s smart to take their time on this. At least we know this isn’t something that was cobbled together in a week or something. It’s better to get all of your ducks in a row so the launch will go smoothly. Invictus will also take place next year, so if it’s true that they are postponing Archewell until 2021, that could be a well timed PR win. What better way to kick off a large foundation than with a big event like Invictus? It’s funny how they act like the UK is the end all be all in terms of exposure. He’s literally saying that H&M being popular internationally and the US doesn’t mean anything. That’s a large portion of the world media. Nobody cares if they aren’t the focus in the UK.

    • Jegede says:

      Agreed.

      They should focus on regrouping their core charities for the rest of this year – esp as Invictus has been postponed.

      They can work with their patronages like Smartworks, & Luminary, to re-energise focus on BAME communities, esp after everything that’s gone down this year!😟😟

      And then take it to another level next year.

  6. Becks1 says:

    Yes, British media, they are so irrelevant you cant keep talking about them and what they are or are not doing. *eyeroll*

  7. S808 says:

    Royal reporters want them to be irrelevant in the uk so they can feel better no longer having access to them. They’re relevant on a global stage and it’s eating at them. Self inflicted wound. As for Archewell, COVID truly threw everything out of wack, so I understand if they decide to wait until next year. Everyone is going back to normal like nothing happened and I think we’re gonna have some consequences for that. I’d wait it out if I were them.

  8. lemonylips says:

    Maybe they can just continue with the Jolie route for a while longer? No social media but good projects and their presetation through quality magazines and writers. I’m sure people miss seeing them but it’s actually not a bad idea to just continue working while not giving the Fail&co anything to feed on. Maybe there’s some royal deal that is making them postpone going public with some things.

    • Jegede says:

      I’m actually happy they have no social media.

      It’s driving the British rags crazy to not have any access to them.😏😏😆

      They have to keep making up BS, cause the Sussexes aren’t giving them anything.

      • Thirtynine says:

        Yes, I like the way they are doing things too, without social media. They pop up unexpectedly here and there, secretly going about doing their thing, and we find out when those they’ve impacted share the news. Harder to hit a moving target, and it makes the tabloids look even more stupid than ever because they are clearly fantasists who know nothing at all.

      • A Guest says:

        Speaking of making things up, the Sun had a story that Harry and Liza Minelli were now BFFs, since she knew his mother. She was helping him find his way in LA.

        Liza tweeted out that she’s never met either Harry or Meghan but she wishes them well and that that the Sun were dammed liars. Well she said it much more nicely than that.

      • Ginger says:

        I thought I would really miss their Instagram but they are still getting their message out while giving a charity attention. It’s worked really well.

        If they do make another Instagram account I hope they turn the comments off.

      • lemonylips says:

        love what all of you said. @A guest Minelli did it great. I don’t know much about her life, but I love her. What she did was great.Burried down the media H&M want nothing to with and giving supprt. So nice.

      • Abby says:

        Do they not run the Sussex Royal instagram?

  9. Sid says:

    What a self-drag. “They might garner interest worldwide, but we don’t care about them in our tiny little island country so nyah!”

  10. taylor says:

    Honestly, who cares about their popularity in the UK? The British media has gone out of its way to make Meghan the country’s biggest villain, so of course they’re “irrelevant” (lol, pls) and isolated. I imagine that was the whole point in them leaving.

    Re Archewell – I agree there’s no rush. Them laying low has been good, but I’d like to see Meghan make a return to social media. I miss seeing her.

  11. Sarah says:

    I stopped caring what rich people do with the evictions crisis going on

    • Chelsea says:

      Then why are you here clicking on this article and taking time out of your day to comment? Make it make sense hun

  12. ABritGuest says:

    Uk press keep calling them irrelevant but have more articles on them than the relevant ones including making up stories like Harry being mentored by Liza Minnelli. And if so irrelevant why did some royal experts try to claim Meghan’s BLM talk as the royal family speaking out on it.

    It’s also pretty gross that they talk about the pandemic in terms of PR for the royals. But guess seeing the Queen on her horse etc keeps the press happy who persuade the plebs & that’s what counts for working royals not tangible actions like at least Sophie has been doing with her volunteering.

  13. bluemoonhorse says:

    Personally I feel, staying out of the limelight is really helping them. The royal family just can’t help acting like idiots and the more H&M stay silent the more stupidities of their relatives and in-laws are shown (glaringly) to the world.

    I feel those lawsuits are circling like sharks – so letting that play out without their presence is I think a good thing as it doesn’t provide anything the media can quote or twist.

    • JT says:

      That’s a good point. Everytime the BRF show their asses, H&M look like genius for backing out.

      • bluemoonhorse says:

        The media just kept regurgitating old knowledge about H&M and I am sure their clicks are way down. Even the idiots that click on that stuff won’t keep clicking if it isn’t new. The fire can’t burn when it doesn’t have oxygen.

        Meanwhile, Elizabeth, Charles (to a lesser degree), W&K, Andrew – and what’s her name – Sophie? keep showing what asses they are. Also how they are not relevant to public events. Yeah, keep starving them H&M and come out in a bang in 2021 when tired people are looking to a new future, with a new president.

    • C-Shell says:

      You make another good point — the lawsuits will be coming out in the open in early fall (September, I think). Trying to launch a charitable organization and social media platform while that’s going on is bad timing. Better to wait until the air clears and capitalize on the positivity of the launch when that can be the focus.

  14. truthSF says:

    Dampier said: “I think the lockdown has been good image-wise for all of the royals except for Harry and Meghan. They are the big losers in this because they now look somewhat isolated and somewhat irrelevant in this country. They still might have a massive role to play internationally or in America but I think people just shrug their shoulders in the UK.” 

    Let’s see, being irrelevant to a country with 60+ million ppl or being relevant to the rest of the 7 billion ppl worldwide? This is such a hard choice!!🤔😭😭😂

    • GuestWho says:

      You really have to wonder whether these older Brits think they still have an actual empire.

    • Jay says:

      Yes! I think anybody who writes a book about prince Phillip’s “wise and golden gaffes” in 2020 doesn’t get any say in determining cultural relevance for anyone, anywhere.

  15. Talie says:

    I was wondering if The Queen and Charles might reverse their stance on half in/half out after all these protests – after all, they have the commonwealth to think about. Might be good to retain that connection to Harry and Meghan.

    • Harla says:

      I hope that they do and that Harry and Meghan say “no, that’s okay we like it better this way”. I think H&M are smart enough to realize that if the Queen and Charles do offer this, it’s only to save themselves. Plus, and I can’t say this enough, Harry and Meghan need to be as far removed from the Firm as possible once William becomes King because he will not treat them well.

    • Some chick says:

      Seems to me that ship sailed some time ago.

      It would have been good to retain that connection. But the BRF destroyed it and stomped on the rubble.

      H&M don’t need the BRF or the RR and they are well rid of them.

      Anything they say or do will be viciously picked apart by those whose life mission is the be horrible people. So even little insta posts provide a target. Saying nothing shows up the nonsense and petty cruelty that is the RRs stock in trade.

    • Ruby_Woo says:

      I don’t think Harry and Meghan really wants to stay associated with them.

    • Lizzie says:

      I think some sort of offer will come at the 1 year review. RF is not looking good (PA and MIA Kate) and will try for some cheap PR by ‘forgiving’ Harry. He deserves to have his honorary military roles restored and hopefully he will be in a position to drive a hard bargain. The military is crazy about Harry so I think there will be some offer.

  16. Calibration says:

    Wow! So irrelevant and loserish we need to talk about them every five minutes. Sure, Jan. We all believe you.

  17. Nic919 says:

    No one but the most obsequious monarchist thought that watching the queen watch soldiers play a few tunes was remotely relevant.

  18. one of the Marys says:

    Phil wrote such a strangely backhanded compliment regarding their relevance. He proved their whole point in leaving. They weren’t allowed to reach their full potential in Britain within the royal family. So now they are relevant within the US and internationally and he writes that like it’s a bad thing? These people are really xenophobic.

  19. Hollah says:

    Bit of a self-own by Phil there, right? He acts like he speaks for an Empire instead of an island.

  20. Ginger says:

    I can’t wait for their launch. Waiting till next year makes sense.

  21. yinyang says:

    Her hair in purple dress– it looked amazing!

  22. Ruby_Woo says:

    “They still might have a massive role to play internationally or in America…” Wowza! Even he can’t deny it!

  23. Sharonk says:

    I want to know how are they going to make money to pay for this lifestyle. I’m sure they don’t want to touch principal.
    Are they going to continue to mooch off celebrities?

    • GuestWho says:

      Do you feel better about yourself now? Got any proof that they are mooching off of anyone, or are you basing this on what the tabloids and the twits are telling you? Get a grip on your irrational anger at people you will never meet – you’ll be happier.

    • MsIam says:

      No, Sharon, they are going to send you a bill. You can expect it any day. Also, they will start a GoFundMe. Happy now?

    • Jaded says:

      They are being offered a safe haven by FRIENDS. People they know and likely work with on a number of philanthropic ventures, and people who don’t need to charge rent because they’re financially secure. I’ve offered my home to friends who needed a place to stay in between life changes – divorce, job loss, etc. – and didn’t ever think of charging them rent. Never forget – what goes around comes around and we reap what we sow, especially when it comes to kind gestures.

      • noway says:

        I’ll admit I’m curious about how these things work. Gayle, who we all know is Oprah’s best friend, claims Oprah, who they both have a known friendship with and upcoming philanthropic and business deals, didn’t connect them with Tyler Perry, who Oprah is also close to. This connection seemed the most likely, but Gayle squashed it. So I want to know how do they know Tyler and when did they meet him? Which friend connected them? Or are they just renting and know a great realtor? Then I’ll admit if they are renting, I want to know how much a house like that rents for? I love million dollar realtor shows. Although I don’t wish them the crap they would get if that info got out. These connections of unconnected celebrities I find interesting. It’s more fun than thinking of all the crap going on in the world or living it. Granted I have no real right to know, but none of us have a right to know any of this stuff, but still curious about it.

    • VS says:

      you must be a TROLL

      Why are you trying to police how they make their money? same thing we saw in the US with the Obamas. It is as if the success of some POC deeply hurt some people.
      They are not using your money; why do you give a damn? you’ve plenty of royals to complain about……..

    • Lizzie says:

      Troll.
      Nobody owes you an accounting of their income except the freeloaders in the royal family.

    • Kkat says:

      I’m pretty sure sharoink is a troll
      You can tell by the DM/Tumbler stench

    • Em says:

      @sharonk I hope you keep this same energy for the royals who mooch of taxpayers, you’re pathetic. Don’t worry if they need money they’ll come to you for help.

      @norway honestly nobody celebrity or not deserves this much dedication to their private and financial lives. Use your thinking cap for something else. Even for this being a gossip site it’s a bit excessive

  24. Dinah says:

    It is somewhat annoying that ppl keep calling Omid Scobie & Carolyne Durand’s biography of H&M, Finding Freedom, ‘the somewhat-authorized book’. It is not authorized.
    That is to say, Omid himself and Meghan & Harry’s spokesperson, have cleared that already. There was no cooperation between the authors and H&M. They talked to people who know/worked/work them (and most probably they let H&M know they were doing that/or did). That is how most biographies, who aim to give a realistic outlook of the subject(s), come to realisation. Nothing wrong with that.

    Below, I have collected some of Omid’s tweets to clarify the rumours about the book and the clarifying statement given by Harry and Meghan’s spokesperson:

    Omid’s tweets:
    May 4th: ‘‘I’m looking forward to sharing much more about Finding Freedom when our world is in a better place (and it will). For now, we just wanted to make news of this special book official as the listings begin to hit online retailers (and stop a few silly rumours in their tracks)’’.
    May 5th: ‘‘It’s a biography not an autobiography, so the only people who have anything to do with the title are the authors of said biography and the publisher’’.
    May 5th: ‘‘The tweet literally says who it’s written by (clue: not them)’’.

    And here is the statement from H&M’s spokesperson to clarify the rumours that they have cooperated with the authors or that the book was written by them, or on their behave:
    “There has been no organising from our side in terms of who they have spoken to. It is not an official, authorised or endorsed book. The authors have not had interviews with the duke and duchess. We have asked to see a copy ahead of publication.”

    So, any lines or words that were added to this statement on behave of H&M, like ‘the couple were ‘relaxed about the authors’ access to people close to them” – to make it look like H&M themselves have, or had selected and endorsed friends and people close to them to cooperate with the authors – came from the tabloids, not from them/their spokesperson.
    These added lines/words were copied multiple times by the national and international media.

    You see what happens when repeated made up stories, lies or assumptions manifest themselves in peoples’ minds as the trued? Unfortunately, this is the media’s repetitive messaging at work. That why we must read carefully and thing for our selves.. and always follow the original source of the message.

  25. MsIam says:

    I believe Hannah, the writer of the original story in The Telegraph, is part of their “trusted sources” in the media. She has written about them before. So I tend to believe her stories. And just because Archewell is being delayed, it doesn’t mean other projects will not be moving forward.

  26. Miss617 says:

    I’d bet the delay is also partly for them to focus on their family this year. Wouldn’t be surprised if by the time they launched, they had a second baby that we never even learned she was pregnant with.

  27. Vanessa says:

    Those Salted British tabloids and royal reporters remained me of a bitter ex who keeps trying to proved that there just fine after the breakup. That’s why we got all those Williams and Kate news the British tabloids don’t realize that Meghan and Harry are global superstars now they never need the British tabloids or the royal reporters to hype them up .

  28. Awkward symphony says:

    “They are the big losers in this because they now look somewhat isolated and somewhat irrelevant in this country. They still might have a massive role to play internationally or in America but I think people just shrug their shoulders in the UK.”

    Goodness me that was like watching a kid having a melt down when you deny him sweets!! These people must live alone because I would be embarrassed to know them
    This is pure speculation and like the Sussexs said they’ll release info via their PR team. They already delayed & said they’ll launch later this year and we heard they are working with BLM charities so I believe they’ll launch in some form not completely.
    There’s also Harry’s Netflix special with oprah which is due later this year. I think they’ll launch SM(individual like the Obamas and one joint foundation) and website soon and have a separate event next year to relaunch around the same time with Travalyst in London HQ.

  29. noway says:

    Take out the fact it is Meghan and Harry, and if you were starting up a philanthropic group with plans pre pandemic and BLM protests wouldn’t you think at the very least you would need to revise your plans? Plus, those two issues are rightly receiving all the publicity and philanthropic efforts. It’s a bad time to launch. Next year is a much better plan.