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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially change the title of Sussex Royal to MWX Foundation

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially changed the name of their Sussex Royal charity to the MWX Foundation.

The Duke, 35, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, agreed to stop using their ‘Sussex Royal’ brand after officially stepping away from The Firm on April 1 this year.

Their departure – nicknamed Megxit – prompted talks with aides, which ended with the agreement that they would be unable to use the word ‘royal’ as part of any of new branding.

Now paperwork has been published revealing the formal change of name for the ‘Sussex Royal The Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’ to MWX Foundation was registered on 5 August.  

 The name could be short for the Markle Windsor Foundation.

At the end of July, Prince Harry and Meghan did an astonishing U-turn within just nine minutes by withdrawing a formal notice to change the name of their charitable foundation. 

Paperwork for a formal winding-up order stated that the directors, who include Harry and Meghan, would be changing it to the MWX Foundation while it was being dissolved. 

A formal document to make the name change official – called a Change of Name Notice – was then filed within hours of the details becoming public.

But just nine minutes later at 11.46am, a notification was sent by Companies House, saying that the same document had been withdrawn.  

Documents filed at Companies House also revealed that Meghan and five other directors of the foundation had stepped down from their positions, leaving Prince Harry as the sole director.  

Harry and Meghan agreed to stop using their ‘Sussex Royal’ brand after officially stepping away from The Firm on April 1 this year.

Their departure – nicknamed Megxit – prompted talks with aides, which ended with the agreement that they would be unable to use the word ‘royal’ as part of any of new branding.

This is not the first time the MWX brand has been linked to the couple after they established the company MWX Trading Ltd last August, naming their lawyer, Gerrard Tyrrell, as its secretary. 

They registered it at Companies House and have already used the business to apply for trademarks, which included the name Travalyst.

Sussex Royal was also the title of their Instagram page and their website, which still bear the name.

The couple used their social media to put out visits, talks and speeches the couple were attending and delivering. 

They said of the July transition: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not plan to start a ‘foundation’, but rather intend to develop a new way to effect change and complement the efforts made by so many excellent foundations globally.

‘The creation of this non-profit entity will be in addition to their cause driven work that they remain deeply committed to.

‘While The Duke and Duchess are focused on plans to establish a new non-profit organisation, given the specific UK government rules surrounding use of the word ‘Royal’, it has been therefore agreed that their non-profit organisation will not utilise the name ‘Sussex Royal’ or any other iteration of ‘Royal’.’

After announcing they were launching a new charity Archewell in the US back in April, the couple said they were ‘looking forward’ to getting started with the foundation, which will replace their Sussex Royal brand. 

The final stage in Sussex Royal’s closure comes after the fallout from the Finding Freedom biography, which exposed the resentment and mistrust that led to Harry and Meghan quitting as working royals. 

Harry and Meghan have been reported to be planning to shift their emphasis on to helping other charitable endeavours and good causes such as their new Archewell foundation which still has to be properly launched. 

Responding to media reports back in April about Archewell, the duke and duchess said they were focusing their efforts on the coronavirus pandemic but felt ‘compelled’ to reveal details of the venture.  

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