Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry postpone launching their Archewell non-profit: report

By Zach Harper

Earlier this year, Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry announced they would launch a non-profit organization called Archewell. A new report says they've decided to delay those plans due to a shift in priorities.

The Telegraph reports the Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not plan to make any "public announcements" about the organization "for the foreseeable future" and that they will not engage in any "official Archewell projects until next year."

"Sources said the couple were responding to current affairs, redirecting their efforts to the Black Lives Matter cause and the wider repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic," The Telegraph's story says.

Harry and Meghan revealed the info about their non-profit's name in April, saying the name comes from "'Arche' – the Greek word meaning 'source of action.'

"We connected to this concept for the charitable organization we hoped to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son's name," they said in an announcement in April.

Last week, a story emerged saying the couple had been meeting with community representatives and organizers in light of the Black Lives Matter protests and other racial justice demonstrations that have been taking place after the death of George Floyd.

A massive crowd is seen in on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles during the All Black Lives Matter march organized by Black LGBTQ+ leaders on June 14. Photo: © Mario Tama/Getty Images

"This is something that is incredibly personal to Meghan, especially given everything she has experienced," Harper's Bazaar royal writer Omid Scobie told the publication last week. "And as a couple, it is, of course, very important. They re both feeling it, just like the rest of us."

Earlier this month, Meghan also addressed the deaths of George, Breonna Taylor and many other Black Americans "whose names we don't know" during a video speech to the graduating class at her former high school, Immaculate Heart, in Los Angeles.

"You are going to have empathy for those who don't see the world through the same lens that you do, because as diverse and vibrant and open-minded as I know that the teachings of the Immaculate Heart are, I know that you know that Black Lives Matter," she said in the clip.

In April, the couple made several deliveries through Project Angel Food, a "non-profit organization in Los Angeles County which provides free meals for people too sick to shop and cook for themselves."

That same month, it was reported the Sussexes would also donate about $153,000 to Feeding Britain to provide support during the coronavirus pandemic. The money was generated through "excess profits" from the BBC broadcast of their 2018 wedding, according to Town & Country.

In this challenging time, it’s really hard to be separated from family and friends. It’s also a time when everyone needs a beautiful escape. Here at Hello! Canada, we’re still busy creating the magazine you know and love, to spread positivity and provide some entertainment as a gentle reprieve from all the hard news. And with our new special offer for subscribers, there’s never been a better time to have Hello! delivered directly to your front door. Why not treat yourself, or someone you love, today?

Don't miss a beat with HELLO! Canada's Daily Hits newsletter, your daily dose of royal and celebrity news, fashion, weddings and more. CLICK HERE to sign up for free!