Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been dragged so much today on social media for announcing some of the details of their dream to launch a new non-profit foundation, as some people described the act as a ”terrible timing” in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Duchess of Sussexes said last night that they look forward to getting started with their new foundation, which they named Archewell. The foundation will replace their Sussex Royal brand which they dropped after stepping down as senior royals.
The announcement follows The Telegraph report that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had trademarked the name Archewell in the U.S. last week. According, to the report, the trademark covers educational material, books and downloadable articles, pens, pencils, paperclips and some clothing items like tops, skirt and dresses.
The couple who now work to pursue their private dreams says they were ‘compelled’ into making the announcement last night, not considering the coronavirus pandemic.
The announcement appeared on the Telegraph’s website at about 10 pm, almost two hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to ICU following his unresponsive health condition with coronavirus.
People seem to have problems with the timing of the announcement and not the idea as they emphasise the announcement was ‘inappropriate’.
Although the couple also announced last night that they had postponed releasing full details of the project due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry told The Telegraph: ”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.”
The promise to release further detail has sparked controversy on social media with some notable comments saying:
Kathie Gyngell, the editor of The Conservative Woman, said on Twitter: ”Couldn’t they have waited? Deeply inappropriate time.”
A fellow on Twitter described the announcement as ‘terrible timing’, while other users also slam the announcement thus:
”I don’t really think it was sensible timing to announce this while we’re in the midst of a pandemic.
‘It just makes them appear more detached from reality and the struggles that the everyday person is going through.’
Another notable comment was one from “human rights lawyer” and former managing director of Leeds United Football Club, David Haigh, who said: ”Bad timing. The world is too busy for their vanity project… didn’t they get the memo?’
”I definitely preferred SussexRoyal,” that was from actor Laurence Fox.
The slamming follows Prince Harry and Meghan Meghan’s plans to include their own charity as well as a website, as part of their new venture as revealed to the Telegraph.
The former senior members of the British family also revealed the meaning of the Greek word in the project title “Arche’, which according to them, mean, ‘source of action.’ That was the inspiration behind the name of their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
A Twitter user who doesn’t seem to have a problem with the timing said: ‘They’re starting a legacy connected to their son’s name. Excellent. Archewell is perfect and the meaning behind it is great.’
Another said: ‘I’m already in love with Archewell. It sounds better than Sussex Royal.’
Another, Twitter user, who complimented the name, said: ”Do not fear, Harry and Meghan are smart enough to know when they filed the trademark name this wouldn’t stay a secret.
”While I am sure they would rather have had better timing, it’s an essential step to forming any organisation.”