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.
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.
Prince Harry and Meghan applied to have their fundraising outfit, Archewell Foundation, and podcast firm, Archewell Audio, protected by company law in America
Trademark lawyers have also asked the couple’s legal team to define the kind of web apps they wish to provide through the Archewell Foundation
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’.
The office replied: ‘Applicant must clarify that these are entertainment-based services.’
The application also said the firm would create: ‘live podcast performances, live stage performances, live music performances, and live audio-book readings.’ The office replied: ‘Applicant must clarify these are entertainment-based services’, as well as ‘specify the nature of the ‘live stage performances’.’
Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex, holding their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
The name Archewell originates from the Greek word arche, meaning source of action, which inspired the name of their son Archie Mountbatten- Windsor
Trademark lawyers have also asked the couple’s legal team to define the kind of web apps they wish to provide through the Archewell Foundation.
In documents issued on June 25, the office gave Harry and Meghan six months to respond, or both applications will be junked. A source close to the Sussexes told me last year: ‘Archewell is going to be huge. Harry and Meghan will use it to support lots of causes that they feel passionately about. It will be a global organisation with international ambitions.’
The name Archewell originates from the Greek word arche, meaning source of action, which inspired the name of their son Archie Mountbatten- Windsor, two.
They had set up a similar ‘not-for-profit’ organisation, Sussex Royal, but were banned from using the word ‘royal’ when they quit official duties. They declared that they planned to become ‘financially independent’ members of the Royal Family.
Julian Lloyd Webber is a former virtuoso cellist and his Chinese-born wife, Jiaxin Cheng, 46, is also a pro on the instrument.
So you might have thought their ten-year-old daughter, Jasmine, would be poised to pursue a career in classical music.
But it looks as though young Jasmine prefers her uncle Andrew Lloyd Webber’s style of music.
‘She’s really getting into musical theatre and singing,’ Julian tells me.
‘She has just done Oliver! at school and hasn’t stopped talking about it and singing all the songs.
‘What’s interesting is that she didn’t want to do a big role.
‘In fact, it was only after a child got ill and couldn’t perform that she stepped into a small role.’
Julian, 70, adds: ‘Afterwards, she said, ‘I want a lead role next time’.’
Longleat’s Emma goes wild in St Tropez
Perhaps in a nod to their estate, Strictly star Emma wore a leopard-print bikini and matching kaftan
Cannes Film Festival starts today, but Emma Weymouth has already escaped to the French Riviera.
The Marchioness of Bath, 35, hit the beach in St Tropez at the weekend with her husband, Ceawlin Thynn, 47, and their two sons.
He inherited Longleat House, with its safari park, as well as the title of his eccentric father, when the Marquess of Bath died after contracting Covid-19 last year.
Perhaps in a nod to their estate, Strictly star Emma wore a leopard-print bikini and matching kaftan.
‘Trying to explain Longleat to someone who hasn’t visited just makes me sound like I’m totally bonkers,’ Emma admits.
‘It sounds crazy, even now. It totally doesn’t make sense.’
Playful as always, she carried a £275 Christopher Kane clutch from the brand’s More Joy collection, which alludes to the 1972 erotic manual The Joy Of Sex.
Freud’s girl, 20, celebrates engagement to rapper beau 15 years older
As well as being the youngest DJ to have played on BBC Radio 1Xtra, and a former resident DJ for rapper Professor Green, Luke is a mental health advocate
Let’s hope this is music to Rupert Murdoch’s ears: the media magnate’s granddaughter has got engaged to a rapper 15 years her senior.
Charlotte Freud, 20, tells me she’s to wed Lukey Storey, three years after they met at West London members’ club Laylow.
‘He was DJing, and I was a hostess there,’ she says. ‘He proposed on [Greek island] Santorini while we were watching the sunset over our anniversary dinner. It was beautiful.’
An alumna of £23,460-per-year Fine Arts College in North London, Charlotte is the elder of two children PR supremo Matthew Freud shares with his second wife, media boss Elisabeth Murdoch.
Charlotte Emma Freud and Matthew Freud Cindy Crawford ‘Becoming’ book launch and Casamigos Tequila launch party & afterparty, London
Freud, who is worth an estimated £170 million, also has two sons with his first wife, Caroline Hutton, who went on to marry Princess Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer. Neither of his elder sons has yet married.
Charlotte’s fiance also has a starry background. His mother is fashion designer Helen Storey and his grandfather was Booker Prize-winner David Storey, who wrote This Sporting Life.
As well as being the youngest DJ to have played on BBC Radio 1Xtra, and a former resident DJ for rapper Professor Green, Luke is a mental health advocate.
Clearly in tune with each other, budding ‘dark pop’ musician Charlotte adds: ‘I sing backing on most of his tracks and I’m sure we’ll start writing together.’
Jagger’s lover reveals her stars and stripes
The 33-year-old ballerina posed in an undisclosed location with her fellow dancers, Katie Williams and Christine Shevchenko
Perhaps one day she will be Lady Jagger, but for now Melanie Hamrick (far left) is keen to assert her American patriotism.
The girlfriend of Sir Mick Jagger marked U.S. Independence Day by sharing a photograph of herself dressed in a bold stars and stripes swimsuit.
The 33-year-old ballerina posed in an undisclosed location with her fellow dancers, Katie Williams and Christine Shevchenko.
‘We are really into this holiday,’ admits Mel, for whom Sir Mick, 77, bought a £1.4 million lakeside mansion in Florida last year.
■ Fancy cooking for the Queen?
Her Majesty is advertising for an ‘ambitious’ new ‘demi chef de partie’ willing to join her on trips around the country.
The successful applicant will be based at Buckingham Palace, but will also cook at other Royal residences such as the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Balmoral in Scotland.
Sieving out the hotheads, the advert on the royal website states: ‘You’re at your best working in a team, and with your strong communication skills and adaptability.’ No salary is given.
According to her former chef, Darren McGrady, the monarch likes four meals a day.
‘She’d always have afternoon tea wherever she was in the world,’ he recalled.
‘We’d be flown out to Australia and get on the Royal Yacht. It was five o’clock in the morning but for the Queen it was five in the afternoon, so my first job was making scones.’
Crazy Rich Asians star Gemma Chan won’t be throwing away her face coverings on July 19. ‘I’m so happy with the masks,’ says the girlfriend of Mamma Mia! actor Dominic Cooper.
‘I’m not ready to give them up.’ Chan, 38, who appeared in hit Channel 4 drama Humans, thinks we should adopt the Far Eastern custom of donning a face covering if we have any infection. ‘I just can’t believe that we didn’t wear them when we had a cold.’
Strictly star Bill is still a twinkletoes
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman always urge us to ‘ke-ee-ep dancing’ and Strictly winner Bill Bailey is doing just that.
The comedian, 56, tells me he takes part in the online dance classes given by Oti Mabuse, his partner on the hit BBC show.
‘I take part anonymously — anyone else would just see a blank screen,’ he tells me at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. ‘I do sometimes turn on my camera at the end and everyone taking part in the class looks so surprised.’
Bailey also admits to having a plastic lawn in his West London garden, despite the fact he was promoting an anti-plastic event at the Canal & River Trust ‘message in a bottle’ garden. ‘Plastic lawns can be very practical,’ he says.