Markle Windsor Foundation

Former British charitable organisation

Markle Windsor Foundation (MWX)
Named afterCombined family names
Founded1 July 2019
Sussex Royal Foundation
Founded atLondon, United Kingdom
TypePrivate company limited by guarantee in England and Wales
Registration no.12077679
Legal statusVoluntary liquidation[1]
FocusNot specified
Headquarters25 Moorgate,
Location
  • London, England
    EC2R 6AY
Region
United Kingdom
Current director (Active)
The Duke of Sussex[2]
Amount Guaranteed £1[3]
Secretary
Gerrard Tyrrell
(terminated 1 July 2019)
Board of directors
The Duke of Sussex
The Duchess of Sussex
(resigned 1 July 2020)
• Stefan Paul Allesch-Taylor
(resigned 1 July 2020)
• Karen Tracey Blackett
(resigned 1 July 2020)
• Natalie Denise Campbell
(resigned 22 Aug 2019)
• Steven Martin Cooper (resigned 1 July 2020)
• Kirsty Jackson Jones
(resigned 1 July 2020)
• Sara Latham
(resigned 22 Aug 2019)[1]
RemarksName changed to MWX Foundation while being dissolved, 5 August 2020
Formerly called
Sussex Royal The Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (aka Sussex Royal)

Markle Windsor Foundation was a proposed transitional name for Sussex Royal The Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, a British charitable organisation intended to support the work of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, after the couple left the Royal Foundation in June 2019 to carry out their own projects.[4][5] Sussex Royal Foundation was renamed MWX Foundation on 5 August 2020 and dissolved the same day.[6]

Formation

On 1 July 2019, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, registered a private company limited by guarantee in England and Wales under the title 'Sussex Royal The Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex', alternatively referred to as Sussex Royal Foundation.[7] However, after a meeting with senior members of the royal family, it was confirmed on 21 February 2020 that the couple would not use 'Sussex Royal' as a brand name after they stepped down as working royals in Spring 2020.[8] In July 2020, appropriate paperwork was filed to dissolve the UK charity.[9]

Dissolution

At the end of July 2020, an official notice to change the name to Markle Windsor Foundation was reportedly withdrawn. Companies House paperwork revealed that a formal name change to 'MWX Foundation' was registered on 5 August 2020. It was later reported that MWX could be an abbreviation for 'Markle Windsor Foundation'. Documents stated that Harry (who is from the House of Windsor), Meghan (née Markle) and the other five directors would change the registered name to 'MWX Foundation' while it was being dissolved. A 'Change of Name' notice was then filed within hours of the details becoming public. On 28 July 2020, a special resolution to wind up was passed, and a voluntary liquidator was appointed. The following day, the appointments of the secretary and all current directors (save for Harry) were terminated, and the Foundation ceased to legally exist on 5 August 2020.[6]

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said of the transition that they did not plan to start another foundation but "rather intend to develop a new way to effect change and complement the efforts made by so many excellent foundations globally". Since then, conflicting comments regarding the nature and operations of the organisation have been made by the couple.[6]

In March 2021, it was reported that the Charity Commission for England and Wales was conducting a review of the organisation in a "regulatory and compliance case" regarding its conduct under charity law during dissolution, following a letter from anti-monarchist group Republic.[10] Representatives for the couple claimed that Sussex Royal was "managed by a board of trustees" and that "suggestion of mismanagement" directed exclusively at the Duke and Duchess would be incorrect.[10] The commission later concluded that the foundation did not act unlawfully, but criticised the board of directors for expending a "substantial proportion of funds" to setting up and closing the charity.[11] "In response to the findings, Republic issued an apology to the foundations—and Harry specifically—for its actions" in campaigning for an investigation.[11][12]

Archewell

In April 2020, the couple confirmed that their new non-royal foundation (in lieu of Sussex Royal) would be called 'Archewell'.[13] Archewell was registered in the United States,[14] and its website was launched in October 2020.[15] Archewell is not in any way associated with or endorsed by the British royal family.

References

  1. ^ a b "MWX FOUNDATION 1 current officers". Companies House.
  2. ^ "MWX FOUNDATION". Companies House.
  3. ^ "01 Jul 2019 Incorporation View PDF". Companies House.
  4. ^ Foster, Max; Britton, Bianca (20 June 2019). "Meghan and Harry split from joint charity with William and Kate". CNN. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  5. ^ Furness, Hannah (20 June 2019). "Royal charity split: Duke and Duchess of Sussex to leave Royal Foundation". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Herald, NZ (27 August 2020). "Harry and Meghan officially rename charity Markle Windsor Foundation". nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  7. ^ "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have named their royal foundation". Harper's Bazaar. 19 July 2019. Archived from the original on 29 July 2019. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  8. ^ Young, Julius (21 February 2020). "Prince Harry, Meghan Markle won't use 'Sussex Royal' after stepping back as senior members of royal family". Fox News. Archived from the original on 7 April 2020. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  9. ^ Perry, Simon (3 July 2020). "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Take Another Formal Step Away from Their Ex-Royal Life". People. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  10. ^ a b "Exclusive: Charity Commission reviewing Prince Harry and Meghan's Sussex Royal organisation". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  11. ^ a b "Meghan and Harry's Former Charity Didn't Mismanage Funds, Says the U.K. Charity Commission". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  12. ^ "Sussex Royal cleared over claims that it misused charity funds". The Telegraph.
  13. ^ Foussianes, Chloe (6 April 2020). "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's New Non-Profit Archewell Has a Sweet Tie to Baby Archie". Town & Country. Archived from the original on 10 April 2020. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  14. ^ Cartwright, Lexie (18 June 2020). "Harry and Meghan's Archewell trademark application rejected". news.com.au. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  15. ^ Cartwright, Lexie (23 October 2020). "Meghan Markle, Prince Harry launch website for charitable venture Archewell". news.com.au. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
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