Meghan Markle and Prince Harry hire key staff to prepare for Archewell charity launch

Harry and Meghan quit as senior royals earlier this year (Image: Getty Images)

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have hired a communications team as they prepare for the launch of their  charity foundation, Archewell.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have recruited an LA-based team after they were blocked from carrying out their charitable duties under the name Sussex Royal after they stepped down from official royal duties.

They have now recruited an LA-based team, including Christine Schirmer – who has worked as head of communications at Pinterest ince 2017 before she left the company in July.

Meghan and Harry have also taken on Toya Holness as the couple's press secretary as the build up their team following a huge scaling-back of their staff when they quit the royal family earlier this year.

Their charity foundation Archewell is named after their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

It will operate as a hybrid of the couple's charitable activities and will focus on what the couple describe as "humane tech".

There was speculation the couple could postpone the launch until next year in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's new Archewell brand unveils new website
(Image: Archewell)

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However the website being live suggests the couple are ready to move forward to the next phase of the release.

Their tagline reads: "Archewell is an organisation committed to creating compassionate communities online and off, to serve our collective wellbeing."

Originally, Meghan and Harry planned on carrying out charitable duties under the name Sussex Royal – but the were prevented from doing so after stepping down as senior members of the royal family.

Earlier this week, the couple faced a further block when it came to taking part in the UK's Remembrance Day service.

Harry is understood to have his request to have a wreath laid on his behalf at the Cenotaph denied.

The duke founded the Invictus Games sporting competition for injured servicemen and women in 2014.

Meghan and Harry originally planned on carrying out charitable duties under the name Sussex Royal

He is now living in California with the Duchess of Sussex and their young son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor after stepping down from royal duties.

Left saddened after his Remembrance Sunday request was refused, Harry visited the Los Angeles National Cemetery to pay his respects with Meghan instead.

Wearing commemorative poppies on their lapels, the couple laid flowers picked from their garden at the graves of two Commonwealth soldiers according to royal biographer Omid Scobie.

Harry and Meghan lay wreaths at Los Angeles National Cemetery
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He tweeted: "They also placed a wreath at an obelisk in the cemetery that features a plaque inscribed with the words 'In Memory of the Men Who Offered Their Lives in Deference of Their Country.'"

Harry also left a message on the wreath which read: “To all of those who have served, and are serving. Thank you.”

Images of their visit were released by Meghan and Harry's office.

But the couple faced huge backlash as critics questioned why they did not 'do it in private' rather than 'treating Remembrance Sunday like a PR opportunity.'

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