Sussexes Hit Trademark Paperwork Snag

By Ben Hamill - June 22 2020

Sussexes Hit Trademark Paperword Snag

If life as ordinary citizens were what former royals the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had been hoping for, then they’ve just had yet another prayer answered because according to several British news outlets, the registration of their new non-profit trademark application has hit an unexpected administrative snag.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s “Archewell” trademark application has reportedly been rejected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. According to Marjorie Norman, who is a lawyer member of Delaware-based law firm Cobblestone Lane LCC, not only did the Sussexes fail to sign their application, but they also neglected to pay the required application fees. The US trademark registrar did allegedly also issue a notice of irregularity over the “vague” and open-ended nature of the application in terms of which causes the charity will serve once registered.

They’re Keeping Up The Good Work

But the trademark delay aside, Prince Harry and wife Meghan have nevertheless been keeping busy continuing the good work close to their hearts. Markle recently performed a virtual graduation speech for the Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School, during which she spoke on the social ills of racial discrimination. She apparently in her speech referenced the recent death of George Floyd and the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, saying that all lives mattered, irrespective of whether or not the actual names of the victims are known.

Prince Harry, in the meantime, is currently rallying support in favour of the veterans-support charity, the Invictus Games Foundation. The former royal addressed athletes and supporters saying that he sincerely hoped that support of the foundation will continue even if the annual games were this year cancelled. He also declared himself looking forward to a time when people will once again be able to get together in support of the Invictus cause.  

About The Book

Supporters of Britain’s royal family and the future of the monarchy have in the meantime expressed anxiety over the upcoming publication of Harry and Meghan’s new book, ‘Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the making of a modern Royal Family’. Even though the book isn’t being published as an official biography, rumour has it that the Sussexes have been working in close cooperation with the authors all throughout the writing of the book.

Those concerned about the book have expressed fears over Prince William possibly being portrayed in a negative light. Some have even compared the book to Princess Diana’s damning interview with Martin Bashir. A royal family representative has however made it clear that the royal family will not be commenting on the book – not now, and not at any point in the future.  

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