The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been ordered to prove they want to flog goods such as clothes and books using their Archewell brand in the US or risk losing control of the name, according to reports. Meghan and Harry have previously applied to have their new media and charitable empire protected by patent and trademark law in the US. But they must now provide proof that they wish to use the brand commercially and show evidence in the form of photos.
They have been reportedly told by the US Patent and Trademark Office that they have six months either to provide details of their Statement of Use or request extension.
Documents from the US office state: “Failure to file a required document outlined above during the appropriate time period will result in the abandonment of this application.”
The news comes after it was reported that the Sussexes’ trademark application for Archewell has shown that the couple have ambitious plans for the future.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex applied to have their charitable organisation Archewell Foundation, and their production company Archewell Audio, protected by company law in America.
The documents filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office reveal they could pursue wide-ranging projects in the future – including live stage performances, live music performances and live podcast performances.
However, the Sussexes have been told their applications need clarification before they are successful.
In their application for Archewell Audio, the couple said the firm was for the “creation, development, production and distribution of podcasts, audio programmes, music, and audiobooks”.
The office replied: “Applicant must clarify that these are entertainment-based services.”
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Harry and Meghan have six months to respond from June 25 or both applications will be binned.
The Sussexes have been very busy since stepping down as working royals in March 2020.
They have signed a lucrative deal with Netflix to make shows for the streaming service.
And their first podcast was released on Spotify at the end of last year.
Harry released his Apple TV documentary series with Oprah Winfrey, The Me You Can’t See, in May.
He has also landed a string of jobs including chief impact officer of coaching company BetterUp.
Representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been contacted by Express.co.uk.