Fans of Duchess Meghan got a bit excited earlier this week when news broke that when the 38-year-old’s business manager, Andrew Meyer, had filed documents in the US so she could maintain the trademark for The Tig, the blog she ran before marrying Prince Harry, until 2021.
Of course, this prompted speculation that Meghan was set to relaunch the website, as did the fact that a similar site named Tigtots was also trademarked. Was Meghan not only planning to revamp the site, which she hasn’t used since 2017, and also launch a parenting blog?
No, Buckingham Palace says. There are “no such plans,” a Palace spokesperson told People.
“The lasting trademark is to prevent false branding, to avoid others purporting to be the Duchess or affiliated with her,” the source continued.
The Tig became Meghan fans’ go-to place to discover her thoughts, likes and favourite things. She launched it in 2014 and it was named after Tignanello, her favourite Italian wine. She used the platform to promote her favourite designers, including eco-conscious Everlane, which has since become beloved by royals fans worldwide. She wrote about a range of topics, from food and travel, to beauty and fashion, before closing the blog down in 2017.
“What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity,” she wrote in the goodbye note. “You’ve made my days brighter and filled this experience with so much joy. Keep finding those Tig moments of discovery, keep laughing and taking risks, and keep being ‘the change you wish to see in the world.’ Above all, don’t ever forget your worth – as I’ve told you, time and and time again: you, my sweet friend, you are enough. Thank you for everything.”
Since becoming a royal, Meghan has continued to promote and support brands she loves that are giving back. Her recent initiative with Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Jigsaw in support of her patronage Smart Works does just that. The capsule collection, dubbed The Smart Set, sees each retailer donate a piece to the charity, which helps women who are out of work find employment.
Meghan, who’s fond of reiterating the importance that we’re all connected, called out that long-held belief of hers in a speech at the collection’s launch last week.
“I think it’s really key in this day and age that we remember it’s not just about the people you know you’re supporting, it’s about the people you don’t know – that you may never know, may never meet,” she said.
“As women, it is 100 per cent our responsibility, I think, to support and uplift each other, to champion each other so we aim to succeed – not to set each other up for failure, but instead to really be there rallying round each other and say, ‘I want to help you.’
“And you may not ever meet that person, but you know when you put on that blazer or that shirt or you carry that tote or put on those trousers and that dress, that some other woman on the other side of this country is wearing that piece because you made that purchase.”
Meghan, Harry and their son, Archie Harrison, head to southern Africa for a royal tour beginning next week!