Harry and Meghan hit stumbling block in bid to trademark Archewell in USA

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have "hit a stumbling block" in their bid to trademark their company in the US, it's been claimed.

The Sussexes applied to trademark their fundraising company, Archewell Foundation, and podcast firm, Archewell Audio.

When Harry and Meghan sent documents to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to ask for the sole use of the terms, they were told that the applications need clarification if they are to be protected by company law in America, according to Richard Eden for the MailOnline.

"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's plans for world domination have hit a stumbling block. I can disclose that their plans to trademark their entertainment and charity empire have fallen foul of U.S. lawyers," writes Eden.

"Prince Harry and Meghan applied to have their fundraising outfit, Archewell Foundation, and podcast firm, Archewell Audio, protected by company law in America.

"They sent documents to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office asking for the sole use of the terms," Eden says.

"But they've been told that the applications need clarification if they are to be made law. In the application for Archewell Audio, the couple said the company was for the 'creation, development, production and distribution of podcasts, audio programmes, music, and audio books'."

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According to Eden, the office then replied that the applicant 'must clarify that these are entertainment-based services'.

The couple's application said the firm intend to create 'live podcast performances, live stage performances, live music performances, and live audio-book readings' – with the office also responding to state that the nature of the 'live stage performances' must be specified to proceed.

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  • It comes after the couple made the controversial decision to depart from royal life in the UK and move across the pond to North America.

    Since their stateside departure to California, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have spoken out candidly about the Royal Family – or 'The Firm' – most poignantly in their interview with US TV host Oprah Winfrey in March.

    The pair also signed up a reported multi-million pound deal with Spotify for their podcast series.

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