Following their departure from royal life, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle launched their charitable foundation, Archewell, named after their son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor. the goal of Archewell “is to uplift and unite communities — local and global, online and offline — one act of compassion at a time.”
While this is a great goal, the foundation made headlines at its inception for its slow and sometimes lagging launch, much like their podcast on Spotify. As royal expert Richard Fitz Williams in July 2021, “What they decide to do, to enlarge their [brand], Archewell hasn’t really managed to get off the ground because of the pandemic.” In 2020, its first year, Archewell raised less than $50,000, and the couple had to spend more than that on the legal fees required to establish the foundation, to the tune of $55,600. They were also slow in producing content on its website but, again, the coronavirus pandemic could have prohibited a rapid launch.
The foundation has an even more loaded history, given that Harry and Meghan created Archewell after cutting ties with Prince William and Kate Middleton and the foundation they shared together as a foursome. Difficulty hit again in March 2021, when Catherine St-Laurent, the foundation’s executive director, quit after 11 months. St-Laurent’s departure was a huge loss, as she had previously worked with Melinda Gates on her project, Pivotal Ventures.