Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been criticized for not including Prince Charles as they launched the website for their new project, Archewell.
The website’s front page shows Prince Harry with his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Meghan Markle with her mother, Doria Ragland.
A joint statement issued at the start of 2021 by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle says they have both witnessed “kindness and compassion” from their mothers.
However, the couple came under fire from critics who said they should have included Harry’s father, Prince Charles, who has been heavily involved in charity work himself for decades, including the foundation of the Prince’s Trust, which helps young people improve their education.
Among the critics was Piers Morgan, who presents the weekday TV show Good Morning Britain and told viewers the couple should be stripped of their royal HRH titles this year after the “shameful” display.
He stated: “They quit the country for privacy, and they’ve hardly shut up since. They particularly wanted to protect their little boy, who is the star of their new podcast. It is all complete hogwash.”
Morgan added: “When Ginge and Cringe did their new podcast – that’s their new nicknames because he’s got ginger hair, and she makes me cringe – and little Archie was brought in to flog it, did that not make you [cringe]?
The TV personality went on to say: “After all that saying ‘we had to leave the country to protect his privacy. but now the moment we’ve signed a big-money deal, we’re going to use him to flog our podcast’.”
Following the departure of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from the royal family, the Queen agreed they could keep their royal titles as long as they were not used for work purposes.
A review of the agreement between the couple and the Queen will take place in March, at which stage they may lose the titles for good.
A poll by a popular UK newspaper resulted in 92% of readers agreeing that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle should lose their royal titles this year, with just 7% saying they should keep them, and 1% being not sure.
The new charitable entity Archewell has been founded by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to provide a platform for people around the world to share their stories.
Partnership and creativity are expected to be central to the project, as well as the issues that the couple has spoken about over the past year — including mental health, racial justice, and online bullying, and hate speech.