Prince William will be concerned that his brother Harry "appears to be taking advantage of his mother's cult status" after using a picture with her late mother Princess Diana to launch his new website with Meghan Markle, a royal expert claimed today.
The updated Archewell website included a picture of the young prince perched on Princess Diana's shoulders and taken in Highgrove, Gloucestershire in July 1986.
An introductory letter introduced Harry as "my mother's son" and said the couple had experienced both compassion and kindness "from our mothers and strangers alike."
But it didn't refer to Harry's father, Prince Charles, or his brother William – and royal expert Phil Dampier said this didn't go unnoticed by the family.
He told MailOnline today, “I think William will be a little concerned if Harry uses Diana for one of his charitable or commercial endeavors without consulting him, and I don't think he'd be happy if Harry earned his cult status Mother seems to take advantage of it.
It is also very important that Harry called himself "his mother's son" but did not mention Prince Charles. William is now very much following in his father's footsteps with his environmental and conservation work.
"And while Harry has praised his father in the past, it seems strange not to mention him anymore and work with him instead of separately."
The updated Archewell website included this picture of a young Prince Harry perched on Princess Diana's shoulders and taken in Highgrove, Gloucestershire in July 1986
In a joint statement on the new Archewell website dubbed the "Letter for 2021" overlaying the images, the Duke and Duchess say, "I am my mother's son. And I am the mother of our son.
Mr Dampier added, “I suspect part of the reason the emphasis on mothers is because Meghan is so close to her mother and, of course, estranged from her father. Maybe Harry thinks of her when he just focuses on Diana.
"I think Harry has been bottling his feelings about his mother's tragic death for many years and Meghan encouraged him to dig deep and highlight some of the issues he struggled with.
“I am my mother's son. And I am the mother of our son: The full letter from Harry and Meghan
A letter for 2021
I am my mother’s son.
And I am the mother of our son.
Together we bring you Archewell.
We believe in the best of humanity.
Because we've seen the best of humanity.
We have experienced compassion and kindness from our mothers and strangers alike.
In the face of fear, struggle, and pain, it can be easy to lose sight of this.
Together we can choose courage, healing, and connection.
Together we can choose to put compassion into action.
We invite you to join us.
As we work to build a better world, one act of compassion at a time.
Harry and Meghan
“I think that was a good thing at first and helped him know himself better and recover from the demons he had struggled with for many years. However, there is a risk that he will be obsessed with his mother's memory and not live in the present. & # 39;
He also pointed out that William and Harry will be together this summer to unveil a statue for Princess Diana's 60th birthday at Kensington Palace in London.
Mr Dampier said that given the "slowly falling" relationships between the brothers, "it will be fascinating to watch the body language between them as they meet and I am sure they will build a unified front".
However, he added, “I think it will be a long time before their relationship is back to what it was before. It will also be very interesting to see if Meghan returns to the UK for this reveal and what reaction she gets from members of the public she meets.
Mr Dampier also pointed out that the Queen, Charles and Camilla did a “great job” during the coronavirus pandemic which “inspired” the public, with both Charles and William suffering from Covid-19.
But he went on, & # 39; Harry, something looks like an out-of-the-way figure emerging from the luxury of his California mansion, and I don't think British audiences are as popular with their fans in America .
"I'm sure Charles sometimes feels that his work is overshadowed by Harry's utterances, and he would very much prefer the work to be coordinated and choreographed, but unfortunately those days seem to be over – and Harry and Meghan are determined to do so regardless of the impact on Charles' work.
Prince William, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Kate at Wesminster Abbey in November 2018
"I don't know about Harry's relationship with his father at the moment, but I'm sure Charles is very sad that he sees so little of his son and of course his grandson Archie, who is growing up in the American royal family."
What five organizations does Archewell support?
Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education: The research group at Stanford University examines techniques for "developing compassion and promoting altruism in individuals and society".
Center for Human Technology: The Organization in San Francisco is led by former Google design ethicist Tristan Harris and aims to "create the conditions for safer, more compassionate online communities".
The Loveland Foundation: The organization provides affordable and accessible mental health resources to black women and girls.
The center for critical internet inquiries: The department at the University of California at Los Angeles advocates racial and economic justice in technology.
World central kitchen: Chef José Andrés' project (right) is building four community aid centers in regions affected by hunger, starting in Dominica and Puerto Rico.
Mr Dampier added that the "Megxit" deal will come to an end this March after Harry and Meghan's dramatic resignation as senior royals last year.
He continued, "The Queen will be looking closely at what Harry and Meghan are doing, and if she and Charles feel that his projects are inconsistent with the work of the royal family, they may need to consider further action.
“The ultimate, of course, would be to strip them of their titles as Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I know the Queen would be very reluctant to do this as she believes it will make the situation worse.
& # 39; She will always leave a door open for Harry to return and won't want to do anything to make the situation worse, but at the same time she has made it clear that Harry and Meghan can't be half in and half out of the royal Family. & # 39;
Mr Dampier, who has been writing about the royal family for 28 years, published his latest book Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan in Their Own Words in 2018.
Also on the homepage of the new Archewell website was a monochrome picture of a young Meghan standing as her mother, Doria Ragland, crouched to hug her daughter.
Yesterday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex set themselves the goal of building a better world than when they effectively launched their nonprofit Archewell website.
Harry made a joint statement with Meghan inviting people to join their campaign to do "one act of compassion at a time."
The couple have also announced partnerships between their foundation and several technology and research organizations to pursue their goals.
In a joint statement on the website titled "Letter for 2021," superimposing the images, the couple said, "I am my mother's son. And I am the mother of our son. Together we bring you Archewell.
“We believe in the best of humanity. Because we've seen the best of humanity. We have experienced compassion and kindness from our mothers and strangers alike.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana with their sons Prince William (right and Prince Harry (left) prepare for a bike ride in Tresco during their vacation in the Isles of Scilly in June 1989
“In the face of fear, struggle, and pain, it can be easy to lose sight of this. Together we can choose courage, healing, and connection. Together we can choose to put compassion into action.
“We invite you to join us. As we work to build a better world. One act of compassion at a time. & # 39;
Since retiring as Senior Royals in March and moving to the US, the couple has worked toward this moment to officially, albeit quietly, launch the website and philosophy behind their organization Archewell.
Her decision to leave the company was based on both financial and personal freedom. The enormous sums of money, believed to be well over £ 100 million earned through contracts with Spotify and Netflix, give them the capital to pursue their new lifestyles and public goals.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their son Archie in Cape Town in September 2019
The announcement follows their first Spotify podcast on Tuesday, which saw their son Archie make his broadcast debut – but the show hasn't yet entered the streaming service's top ten most popular podcasts, rising from 32 to 15.
Commentators have already speculated that Harry and Meghan will need to attract large audiences to justify the lucrative contract their production company Archewell Audio signed.
Archewell's website was launched in October as a landing page only. Today it is a work website with a new logo – an uppercase A over a W.
Archewell's press secretary said yesterday, “Archewell was founded earlier this year by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and employs communities through nonprofit partnerships and creative activations.
The website is divided into three sections: Archewell Foundation, Audio (for Spotify), and Productions (for Netflix).
“It's a place where compassion is important, communities gather, and storytelling is the engine.
"The website has been updated to reflect Archewell's work throughout 2020 and create a place where people and communities around the world can share their stories."
Archewell is expected to focus on the issues the couple advocated during and before the pandemic – racial justice, gender equality, climate change, mental health, online hate speech, and empowering diverse voices.
The foundation's partnership with a number of academic and technical organizations will include financial support.
Harry and Meghan wrote that their organization's name is a mixture of the Greek word "ark", which means "source of action", and the word "well", defined as "an abundant source or supply"; a place where we dig deep & # 39;
Harry and Meghan have partnered with the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), Stanford Medicine, the San Francisco-based Center for Human Technology, the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2), and UCLA (University of California , Los Angeles) teamed up with the Loveland Foundation.
At CCARE, Archewell will support his research into techniques for developing compassion and promoting altruism, while the foundation has already worked with the Center for Human Technology to create conditions for safer online communities.
The Loveland Foundation supports a number of communities that focus on black women and girls, while Dr. Safiya Noble, Co-Founder and Co-Director of C2i2, said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are determined to use their light to shed light on the issues of inequality and structural racism.
& # 39; We have a shared commitment and sense of urgency to create a more compassionate world, much of which is being undermined by internet platforms. I know what they stand for (and) part of their mission.
Earlier this week, Harry and Meghan released their first Spotify podcast on Tuesday, chatting about "the power of connection," "empathy," and "collective mental health." This is featured on the newly updated Archewell website
"We look forward to bringing our research expertise and networks to our joint work on the most pressing issues of internet politics and culture that accelerate racial, gender and economic inequality."
The new website set out the couple's manifesto for their life outside of the royal family after the sharpness of the "Megxit".
They said they chose the name Archewell because in ancient Greek ark means "source of action" and good "abundant source or supply". A place where we dig deep.
"At Archewell, we unleash the power of compassion to drive systemic culture change," they wrote. "Archewell is driving systemic cultural change between communities through its community service and creative activations."
The couple have made lucrative multi-million pound deals with Spotify and Netflix, the latter mentioned above
Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, gave five reasons they'd help through the Archewell Foundation.
This includes the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University.
The Sussexes announced partnerships with other technical research groups and supported the Loveland Foundation, which provides psychological help to black women and girls.
Harry and Meghan also vowed to fund four community aid centers operated by World Central Kitchen in crisis areas.
The couple have signed lucrative trade deals with Netflix and Spotify to fund their foundation.
The royal couple also announced partnerships between their foundation and several technology and research-focused groups, including the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University
Under the terms of the "Megxit," Buckingham Palace said they would no longer receive public funding for royal duties, despite the belief that Prince Charles continued to give money to his youngest son.
Harry and Meghan's deal with Netflix is said to be worth £ 75 million, and the connection with Spotify has brought them to around £ 18 million.
The couple will be doing podcasts as Archewell Audio and will be releasing their first earlier this week, with a cameo of their 19-month-old son Archie.
Marketing executives have predicted Archewell will become a "billion dollar brand".
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