Meghan ‘wants to control things and talks globally’ in trademark row – expert

Meghan Markle “wants to control things” and often speaks in “global terms” amid reports that she has tried to trademark the word ‘archetypes’, a royal expert has claimed.

News on Meghan and Prince Harry ’s Spotify podcast project had been quiet since a festive special of their Archwell Audio series was released during Christmas 2020.

But last month, Meghan announced that she would be fronting a new series called Archetypes, which she said would feature “conversations with women” to “dissect, explore and subvert the labels that try to hold women back".

Shortly after announcing this news, it was revealed that representatives of the Duchess of Sussex had lodged a trademark application at the United States Patent and Trademark Office last month, despite the word existing in the English language for hundreds of years.

Reacting to this petition, host of the Palace Confidential podcast Jo Elvin asked: “Is it not just her lawyers doing a due diligence minesweep that all lawyers do when it comes to copyright?”

“I think she controls her lawyers as she controls her PR company, and I think she’s a very strong, determined woman,” royal expert Angela Levin replied.

“She wants to control things, she always talks in global terms. Even when she was here in the UK, she would never say, ‘what I want to do for the United Kingdom or what I want to do for England’, it was always, ‘my view globally’.

“And Prince Harry now does that all the time, if you listen, it’s always global. I think they’re just too big for their boots.”

Jo countered Angela’s argument once more, suggesting: “Is she not doing what most people would do and just trying to protect a brand?”

The new podcast project is the latest in a number of ventures signed up to by the Sussexes since leaving the Royal Family.

The couple have signed up to deals with streaming giant Netflix, through which Harry is expected to release a documentary on the Invictus Games.

The prince has also given talks on mental health in the workplace, after signing up as a Chief Impact Officer with Californian startup Better Up.

Meghan and Harry’s representatives have been contacted for comment.

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