The British royal family doesn't often respond to salacious tabloid stories about them, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry included. But the couple, who stepped down from their senior royal family roles in the spring, made a rare statement yesterday after The Sun (opens in new tab) and Daily Mail (opens in new tab) (notably, the two tabloids the couple (opens in new tab) are suing (opens in new tab)) alleged that they were planning to create their own "woke" awards ceremony that would "compete" with the Queen's honors list.
The Queen does a birthday honors list each year that awards achievements to people across the UK; she can grant people knighthood or other various titles including MBEs (Member Of The Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire), OBEs (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) and CBEs (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). You can read more about the various honors the Queen can give at the royals' site here (opens in new tab).
The Sun claimed the couple "filed papers" in the U.S., stating they want to celebrate "charitable service, education, science, literature, racial justice, gender equity, environmental stewardship, youth empowerment, health and mental health" through their new Archewell non-profit.
The couple did not let those false reports stand long. A press secretary for Archewell released a statement (opens in new tab) to media outlets, stating, "We look forward to sharing more about Archewell's work in the weeks ahead but any suggestion that it is intended to rival the UK honours list is false. Furthermore, the trademark application has followed the normal course of business for the U.S. Trademark process and any suggestion otherwise is also false."
Meghan and Harry have not formally launched Archewell yet, in part due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But they launched its site in October. A source told ELLE.com (opens in new tab) at the time that "while Archewell hasn’t already had a formal launch, it is still already all of their work—the structure, the events, the research they’re doing, the people that they’re meeting. All of the effort they are putting in is within that umbrella. Over time, it is going to grow and grow.”
Meghan Markle's Most Iconic Fashion Moments
March 9, 2020
March 5, 2020
October 25, 2019
October 22, 2019
Meghan Markle arrives to the One Young World Summit in an Aritzia dress paired with Manolo Blahnik pumps (opens in new tab).
September 25, 2019
Meghan and Archie step out for Archie's first royal engagement during the tour in South Africa. She wore a Club Monaco dress and a pair of Jennifer Meyer turquoise earrings (opens in new tab).
September 23, 2019
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit District 6 Museum in Cape Town, South Africa. Meghan wore a Veronica Beard blue button-down dress and Castañer espadrilles (opens in new tab).
September 12, 2019
The Duchess Of Sussex attends the launch of the Smart Works Capsule Collection, while wearing a Misha Nonoo button-down (opens in new tab) and wearing butterfly earrings and a cuff that once belonged to Princess Diana.
June 8, 2019
Meghan Markle steps out for her first royal appearance since giving birth. She attends the 2019 Trooping the Colour with Prince Harry in a Givenchy dress and hat by Noelle Stewart.
February 24, 2019
The Duchess Of Sussex wore Dior head to toe and Birks earrings (opens in new tab) while visiting Morocco.
February 24, 2019
The Duke and Duchess arrive to the "Education For All" boarding house in Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Meghan wore an Alice and Olivia blazer and Birdies slippers (opens in new tab).
January 30, 2019
Meghan Markle visits the National Theatre wearing a Brandon Maxwell dress and blazer, a Carolina Herrera clutch, and Aquazzura pumps (opens in new tab).
January 10, 2019
The Duchess of Sussex visits Smart Works wearing Kimai earrings (opens in new tab).