Meghan and Harry hit roadblock in bid to take brand global as trademark refused in India

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex want to prevent anyone else from selling good or services under the foundation’s name as they set their sights on ambitious post-Megxit projects. The Daily Mail’s Richard Eden said refusals represent a setback for the couple’s “plans for world domination”.

He wrote: “India has issued a ‘total provisional refusal of protection’ because the name Arche is already taken by a footwear company.

“New Zealand has issued a partial provisional refusal of protection as the wording of the application is ‘unduly broad’.”

The applications were made under the name of the company Cobblestone Lane.

While New Zealand has yet to finalise its decision on granting a trademark to Archewell, India’s slapdown could pose huge problems for the Sussexes.

The pair are busy building up their empire a year on from their exit from the Firm.

Prince Harry made a guest appearance at a concert in LA last weekend to promote Covid vaccines.

And to celebrate their son Archie’s second birthday on Thursday the couple launched a vaccine fundraising campaign.

The money pooled together by supporters will go towards buying doses for countries who are trailing in the vaccine stakes.

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A photographer who works with celebrities this week told of how Meghan appears to be “very in control of her brand” after she announced the release of her first children’s book.

The Bench is based on a father-son relationship, a story which Meghan was inspired to write after watching her husband bond with their firstborn, Archie.

Glenn Gratton told The Mirror: “She’s living a very beautiful, very organic, lovely lifestyle.

“Meghan is building a beautiful brand and the Americans absolutely adore her.

“I think it’s going very well for her over there – she’s taking very nice pictures.”

He added: “I think she would have had the final say and chosen the cover and the images – she’s very in control of her brand.”

As they set their sights on taking their brand onto the global stage, the Sussexes are showing no signs of looking back.

They have set down deep roots in the US, having snapped up an £11 million mansion in California last year.

The sprawling home surrounded by lush gardens is in the Santa Barbara neighbourhood of Montecito.

They count Oprah Winfrey and Orlando Bloom among their famous neighbours.

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