Harry and Meghan win right to use Archewell name for foundation

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have triumphed in their bid to be allowed to use the name Archewell for their foundation.

The couple applied to trademark the name of their non-profit, chosen to honour their 13-month-old son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, in March.

They subsequently faced opposition from New York healthcare boss Scott Kantro, who wanted to trademark the name Archecares for a rival charity.


The similarity could have caused confusion and, because Kantro applied before the Sussexes, he may have had the right to claim to the name, forcing the couple to rebrand.

However, according to editors at The Mail on Sunday, Kantro’s application has been tossed after he failed to respond to a court request for extra information in time.

The good news comes after Harry and Meghan’s initial application was rejected, as documents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office show the lack of a signature was one of a number of issues with their filing, which was deemed ‘too indefinite and too broad’.

The couple now has until August to amend the request.

According to the initial application, the purposes of the Archewell non-profit include education and counselling, as well as fundraising for other charitable organisations, and the maintenance of a website informing users about ‘nutrition, general health and mental health’.

Speaking about the charity earlier this year, Meghan and Harry told Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper that, as well as in tribute to their son, they chose the name Archewell because it “combines an ancient word for strength and action, and another that evokes deep resources.”