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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'delay Archewell launch to 2021'

·Royal Correspondent
·2-min read
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex react as they are presented with gifts for her newborn son Archie, as they meet New York Yankees players ahead of their match against the Boston Red Sox at the London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, east London on June 29, 2019, for the first of a two-game Baseball series in London. - As Major League Baseball prepares to make history in London, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone and Boston Red Sox coach Alex Cora are united in their desire to make the ground-breaking trip memorable on and off the field. (Photo by PETER NICHOLLS / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read PETER NICHOLLS/AFP/Getty Images)
Harry and Meghan have delayed the launch of Archewell. (Getty Images)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are delaying the launch of their non-profit organisation until next year amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the momentum gained by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Harry and Meghan confirmed their intentions to start a project called Archewell, inspired by the same word which inspired their son’s name, earlier this year, having stepped back as senior members of the Royal Family.

The couple had already pressed pause on the launch because of the coronavirus pandemic, but will wait longer as they redirect their efforts to support the BLM cause, it’s been reported.

The Telegraph reported there won’t be any public announcements or projects until 2021.

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A source told The Daily Telegraph: “What’s absolutely clear is that they want to get it right and there’s no point in rushing.

“They are settling into a new life, a new era. This is about getting it right and making sure they are able to make the difference they want to make.”

According to the source, the couple will take a more active role in the BLM movement in the coming days, having taken time to have meetings with community leaders to understand the situation.

Meghan, 38, has already spoken about the movement as she gave a speech to the graduating class of her former high school, Immaculate Heart.

In the message, she said: “As we’ve all seen over the last week, what is happening in our country and in our state and in our hometown of LA, has been absolutely devastating.

“And I wasn’t sure what I could say to you.

“I wanted to say the right thing and I was really nervous that I wouldn’t, or that it would get picked apart, and I realised the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing.

“Because George Floyd’s life mattered and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and Philando Castile’s life mattered and Tamir Rice’s life mattered.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 at Westminster Abbey on March 09, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Harry and Meghan stood back from their royal duties in the spring. (WireImage)

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When the couple stepped back from their senior roles, they hoped for a spring transition, as they formally stopped being working royals on 31 March.

The couple registered Archewell Inc in Delaware earlier this year, and appointed Catherine St-Laurent, who used to work for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

While they mothballed their Sussex Royal social media accounts they have been popping up on other accounts to give their support to different charities.

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