Friday, February 23, 2024

Recollections may vary on Prince Harry and Meghan’s new website as Duke neglects to mention Royal Family at all in his profile as Duchess devotes just one line to her acting career in her 588-word biography

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As the Sussexes quietly launched a new website, Prince Harry noticeably failed to mention being a member of the Royal Family while his wife Meghan Markle devoted just one line to her acting career on their respective profile pages.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex unveiled Sussex.com tonight, where they modestly describe themselves as a couple which is ‘shaping the future through business and philanthropy’.

Sussex.com has a simple design and details their work with the Archewell Foundation, Archewell Productions, patronages, ventures and organisations that they support individually or as a couple. 

The major rebrand, which comes after they stopped using their SussexRoyal.com website in 2020, also features a large photograph of the couple on the home page and two profiles, one for Prince Harry, 39, and another for Meghan, 42.

But when reading through the Duke of Sussex‘s profile, he appears to snub the Royal Family.

Although the Sussexes stepped down as senior royals in January 2020, Harry is still a prince and is fifth in line to the throne. The couple kept their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles but are no longer addressed as his or her royal highness (HRH).

Prince Harry (pictured with wife Meghan and father King Charles in 2018) noticeably failed to mention being a member of the Royal Family on his profile page

And Meghan Markle (pictured in TV series Suits) devoted just one line to her acting career

And Meghan Markle (pictured in TV series Suits) devoted just one line to her acting career

This is the introductions to both Harry and Meghan's profile pages on their new website Sussex.com

This is the introductions to both Harry and Meghan’s profile pages on their new website Sussex.com

Harry and Meghan’s children became Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet of Sussex when Charles became King.

The duke’s 338-word biography opens with: ‘Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex is a humanitarian, military veteran, mental health advocate, and environmental campaigner. 

‘He has dedicated his adult life to advancing causes that he is passionate about and that advance permanent change for people and places.’

It goes on to detail his 10 years in the British Armed Forces, which included two tours in Afghanistan as a forward air controller and an Apache helicopter pilot.

The profile continues: ‘After completing his military service, The Duke founded the Invictus Games Foundation, a platform for wounded, injured and sick service personnel to engage in sport to aid their rehabilitation. 

‘The international event is a globally celebrated display of resilience, community and athleticism that has won acclaim for its impact in celebrating those that serve.’

His profile then outlines his charity work, including as the founder or patron of Travalyst, Sentebale, Wellchild and his role as a board member of African Parks.

It says that in 2021, he was named chief impact officer at Betterup, a charity which supports people achieving their own peak mental fitness. The same year, he served on the Aspen Institute Commission on Information Disorder, it adds.

The website also features this photograph of the couple at last year's Invictus Games on the home page

The website also features this photograph of the couple at last year’s Invictus Games on the home page

Their 'About' page reads: 'The Office of Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex is shaping the future through business and philanthropy'

Their ‘About’ page reads: ‘The Office of Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex is shaping the future through business and philanthropy’

The profile continues: ‘He co-founded The Archewell Foundation, alongside his wife, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, to serve communities in need. At The Archewell Foundation, The Duke and Duchess are committed to their mission: Show Up, Do Good. 

‘They hold the value that charitable work should not simply be ‘a handout, but rather a hand held’. The couple also created Archwell Productions to produce content programming that informs, elevates and inspires.’

It finishes by promoting his controversial book Spare, in which the duke made a series of sensational claims that hit the headlines around the world.

These included an alleged altercation with his brother Prince William, in which he was allegedly knocked to the ground by the future King of England.

Harry claimed that William had branded his wife Meghan ‘rude’ and ‘difficult’.

He also wrote how he and William begged King Charles not to marry the now Queen Camilla, who he feared could become their ‘wicked stepmother’, before suggesting she had plotted to take the crown and leaked stories to the press.

Other eyebrow-raising passages included the revelation that he lost his virginity to ‘an older woman’ in a field behind a pub. 

Prince Harry presents the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award during the NFL Honors award show last Thursday

Prince Harry presents the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award during the NFL Honors award show last Thursday

An animated Cameron Hayward of the Pittsburgh Steelers poses for a portrait after winning the Walter Payton Man of the year with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex

An animated Cameron Hayward of the Pittsburgh Steelers poses for a portrait after winning the Walter Payton Man of the year with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex

The profile reads: ‘The Duke is the New York Times Bestselling author of Spare, a memoir of his life told with compassion, vulnerability, and unflinching honesty. Spare was the publishing industry’s fastest selling non-fiction book, selling more than 1.4 million copies on its first day of publication.

It ends with: ‘Prince Harry lives in California with his wife Meghan, and their two children Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.’

Meghan’s profile page – which is 250 words longer – also noticeably omits any major detail about her life as an actress. 

There is just one line which says: ‘After graduation, Meghan turned her focus to the entertainment industry, later securing a lead role on the hit series, ‘Suits’ which she starred in for seven seasons.’

The 588-word biography leads on: ‘Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex is a feminist and champion of human rights and gender equity. Her lifelong advocacy for women and girls remains a constant thread in her humanitarian and business ventures. 

‘She has been named one of the most influential women in the world in rankings including TIME Magazine’s Most Influential People, The Financial Times’ 25 Most Influential Women, Variety Power of Women, and British Vogue’s Vogue 25.’

It proceeds to talk about her advocacy work and the awards that she has won, including the NAACP President’s Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award with Prince Harry.

Prince Harry flew into London on a ten-hour flight from Los Angeles last Tuesday and arrived at the royal residence at 2.42pm before spending around 30 minutes with Charles

Prince Harry flew into London on a ten-hour flight from Los Angeles last Tuesday and arrived at the royal residence at 2.42pm before spending around 30 minutes with Charles 

The quick visit did not feature a reunion with his brother Prince William with the rift between the two since Harry stepped back from royal duties still open

The quick visit did not feature a reunion with his brother Prince William with the rift between the two since Harry stepped back from royal duties still open

After meeting with his son, King Charles left Clarence House with Queen Camilla for Sandringham

After meeting with his son, King Charles left Clarence House with Queen Camilla for Sandringham

The biography says that Meghan was born and raised in Southern California and that she attended an LA-based all-girls Catholic school called Immaculate Heart.

The duchess then attended Northwestern University in Chicago, where she double majored in Theatre and International Relations, the profile adds. 

It goes on to say that she was an intern at the US Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, while she also studies in Madrid, Spain.

After briefly mentioning her stint with Suits, the profile continues: ‘Between filming, Meghan travelled to Rwanda, India, and other countries to support humanitarian missions.’

Here it details how she served in roles such as ‘UN Women’s Advocate for Women’s Political Participation and Leadership, a World Vision Global Ambassador, and a leading Counsellor to One Young World’. 

It continues: ‘Meghan also travelled to support the military community on a USO Tour, visiting six military bases in seven days including Bagram, Afghanistan.’

The profile then starts to talk about her life after marrying Prince Harry in 2018, when she became the Duchess of Sussex. 

It says: ‘She has written for a number of publications and created the lifestyle website, ‘The Tig’. The Duchess of Sussex guested edited British Vogue in July 2019, which was the fastest selling copy in the magazine’s history.’

‘She and Prince Harry founded The Archewell Foundation in 2020 to support communities in need, in both moments of crisis as well as for long term aid. At The Archewell Foundation, they are committed to their mission: Show Up, Do Good. 

‘They hold the value that charitable work should not simply be ‘a handout, but rather a hand held’, a phrase Meghan first adopted in supporting UK charity Smart Works, of which she is patron, that supports women to enter the workforce. 

‘Meghan and her husband also founded and oversee the production company, Archewell Productions.’

The lengthy biography also promotes Meghan’s podcast ‘Archetypes’. Here, it says it ‘debuted at Number 1 in the US, debuted at Number 1 in The US, UK, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand, and topped the charts as the Number 1 podcast in 47 countries’. 

It adds: ‘After its first season, Archetypes was awarded The People’s Choice Award in the podcast category, as well as The Gracie Award for Best Podcast.’

But her multi-million pound Spotify deal was axed in June last year after it was announced that the Archetypes podcast would not be renewed for a second season.

The move was officially said to have been a ‘mutual’ decision between the streaming giant and Archewell Audio – the Duchess and Prince Harry ‘s company.

But sources close to the £15million deal – which was signed by the couple in 2020 – said it was was dropped after the pair did not produce enough content to warrant the full payout.

And Spotify exec Bill Simmons went further, describing the couple as ‘f****** grifters’, an Americanism for swindlers.

The profile goes on to say that Meghan is a New York Times best selling author following the publication of children’s book The Bench and ‘Together: Our Community Kitchen’, which  was released by Meghan to support the Grenfell community following the devastating fire in 2017. 

Her biography ends with: ‘Meghan is a major advocate for mental health, family care, and gender equity. The Duchess hopes to be a cultural catalyst for positive change, reflecting her core belief that representation matters, and that communities can be enhanced through learning, healing, and inspirational support.’

And similarly adds: ‘Meghan lives in California with her husband and their children Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.’

The picture they have chosen on their homepage is also the one they used for their Christmas card last year.

Under their coat of arms, it says: ‘The office of Prince Harry & Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.’

The launch of the website comes ahead of the couple’s trip to Canada for the Invictus Games Vancouver Whistler 2025’s One Year to Go celebrations.

During a three-day visit they will join members of the participating nations’ Winter Training Camp. 

Harry last week made a transatlantic dash to spend just half an hour with his cancer-stricken father, King Charles. 

He returned to Los Angeles after spending just 24 hours back in the UK – but then immediately jetted off to Las Vegas.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle cheering on the players at last year's volleyball finals during day six of the Invictus Games

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle cheering on the players at last year’s volleyball finals during day six of the Invictus Games

Prince Harry and Meghan are seen during the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf, Germany last year

Prince Harry and Meghan are seen during the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf, Germany last year

Harry made no mention of his father’s cancer in Sin City, where he made an ultra-British and gag-filled speech comparing rugby to American football at an NFL awards ceremony on February 8.

The duke, who had been rumoured to turn up at last night’s Super Bowl but did not show in the end, shocked the audience as he turned up to hand out the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. 

The winner, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Cameron Heyward, was just as surprised to see him, hugging the duke, before he exclaimed: ‘Prince freakin Harry, I’m just shocked, that’s Prince Harry’.

Harry was appearing in public for the first time since his father’s cancer diagnosis – but there was no mention of his father, who has started cancer treatment. 

Hours earlier Prince William thanked the public for their support when he attended an awards ceremony with Tom Cruise in London.

On Saturday, Meghan joined 15 women who have resettled in the US from Afghanistan to cook traditional Afghan food.

The Duchess of Sussex created The Welcome Project in 2023 together with the Archewell Foundation.

The programme is supposed to create ‘a safe haven and inclusive environment for women who have recently resettled in the US from Afghanistan’, according to a press release by the Archewell Foundation. 

Meghan joined the Southern California Welcome Project for an evening of cooking and storytelling on Saturday.

Mina’s List, the foundation’s partner, brought together 15 women that prepared traditional Afghan food like Ashak and Mantuu, both of which are a type of dumpling, with the Duchess.

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