Harry and Meghan replace royal monogram with new logo

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·3 min read
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex react during their visit to Canada House in thanks for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada,  in London on January 7, 2020. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Harry and Meghan, here in London in January 2020, made the change in the last few days. (AFP)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made an important change to their official stationery as they settle into life without senior royal roles.

For the last year, the couple had been using a royal monogram on their letters, but they have now swapped to using an Archewell logo.

Archewell is the name of their non-profit, which will encompass their charitable work now they are not senior royals.

It's also the name given to their production companies, through which they will produce programmes for Netflix and podcasts for Spotify.

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The new logo appeared at the top of a letter sent to the Robert Clack School in East London, which is where the Duchess of Sussex carried out one of her final engagements as a senior royal in March 2020.

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She visited the school in secret ahead of International Women's Day 2020 with details of the engagement released afterwards, including how she had given a speech encouraging the pupils to "stand in your truth".

The Archewell logo, which features the name with the letters 'AW' above it, replaced a stylised H and M with a coronet at the top, which had been on the top of the couple's stationery, even since they stepped back as senior royals.

Letters from both of them featured an interwoven H and M, but those from them individually had just an H or an M, with the coronet on top.

The couple agreed when they stepped back to stop using the word 'royal' in anything linked to their work, and also stopped using their HRH stylings, but they have not been stripped of them or banned by Buckingham Palace.

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Harry and Meghan are said to be feeling "free" after their interview with Oprah Winfrey which is still having repercussions despite first airing on US and UK television more than a week ago.

Friend of the couple Janina Gavankar said they would now be focussing on their charitable work, and suggested a "new era" had started.

She said: "I am very excited that this is a new era, things are different, they can tell the truth and we can tell the truth, we can finally validate them.

"It has been a strange week, we are all being reached out to.

"I am not a royal expert, I can say the truth can finally come out."

Buckingham Palace's full statement on behalf of the Queen following the Winfrey interview said: "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.

"The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.

"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."

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