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Eight details you may have missed on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s website | Royal | News

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry clapping at Invictus Games

Details you may have missed on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new website (Image: Getty)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle both shocked fans around the world as they quietly unveiled a brand new website and redesign – sussex.com, in the evening of February 12.

At first glance, the striking website appears neat, clean, and easy to navigate, however, on analysis of its contents and design, there are remarkable omissions, interesting language choices, and unusual features on the site.

The couple has been warned by critics, that using the Sussex title and the royal crest for commercial use could provoke the Palace, with one source telling the MailOnline they could have “real trouble”. Others have since leapt to the couple’s defence stating it is their own “family name” to use.

The rebranding comes amid rumours that the couple may be looking for more production companies to work with, and the site acts as a “one-stop shop” for their work, fueling speculation that the Sussexes are trying to breathe new life into their media careers.

At Express.co.uk, we have created a list of the eight details you may have missed on The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new website.

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1. No mention of King Charles or wider Royal Family

Despite the landing page being titled ‘The Office of Prince Harry & Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’, there is absolutely no mention of King Charles, and therefore no mention of Prince Harry’s relation to his father.

Unlike the Royal Family’s official website, which explains the connections between Royal Family members and includes the duo, the California-based couple has decided to erase any links to their wider family connections.

The couple’s two children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, are mentioned on each of their bio pages.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle holding hands

Harry and Meghan have not mentioned any members of the royal family on new website (Image: Getty)

2. Erased phrase ‘serving the monarchy’

On the defunct sussexroyal.com website, set up in 2020, Harry and Meghan had a page titled ‘serving the monarchy’ where they proudly explained the history of the Royal Family from when the late Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953.

They explained how the late Queen was a symbol of unity and national pride and how The Duke and Duchess of Sussex “deeply believe” in the role of the Monarchy. They also wrote how their roles will “reflect their sense of duty” to the public.

This page, similar wording, or any mention of service to the monarchy is completely non-existent on their brand new website, Sussex.com.

This is depite the Royal Family’s official website stating: “They [the Duke and Duchess of Sussex] are balancing their time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour their duty to The King, the Commonwealth, and their patronages.”

READ MORE: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drop ‘royal’ title on their new website

Prince Harry Meghan Markle play with Archie

Prince Harry has not included wider members of the Royal Family on his website (Image: Getty)

3. Meghan’s biography is almost double the size of Harry’s

Despite Prince Harry having conducted years of his life to serving the Royal Family and the British public, the website has given prominence to Meghan Markle’s accolades – at least in word count.

Meghan’s biography page is 590 words whereas Harry’s is almost half at 338 words.

The opening words for Meghan focus on her being a “feminist and champion of human rights and gender equity” whereas Harry is described as a “humanitarian, military veteran, mental health advocate, and environmental campaigner”.

4. ‘Playing down’ Meghan as an Actor

In various interviews and podcasts Meghan Markle has talked about her time as a suitcase girl on Deal or No Deal, being in adverts, or on the TV Series ‘Suits’.

Although most of her career has focused on her working in entertainment and film, this has been reduced to just one line in the 11- paragraph biography. There is no mention of the word ‘actor’ on Meghan’s page.

The line reads: “After graduation, Meghan turned her focus to the entertainment industry, later securing a lead role on the hit series, ‘Suits’ which she starred in for seven seasons.”

Meghan Markle smiling at Prince Harry

Meghan Markle’s biography is almost double Prince Harry’s size (Image: Getty)

5. No mention of early termination of Spotify deal

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lost their contract with Spotify after producing just one 12-episode series of Archetypes.

The series saw the Duchess interview a series of celebrity guests including Paris Hilton, Mariah Carey and Serena Williams about the stereotypes that women face in their everyday life.

However, it was later pulled, with a statement released at the time saying: “Spotify and Archewell Audio have mutually agreed to part ways and are proud of the series we made together.”

On Sussex.com, it is labelled as ‘record-breaking’, and focuses on the awards it won.

Luana Ribeira, author and PR specialist for Dauntless PR, told Daily Express US when they lost the contract: “You can’t just focus on what you want to tell people, you have to also consider what people want to hear and find a sweet spot that balances both those interests.”

6. No mention of their Netflix docuseries ‘Harry & Meghan’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released a six-part docuseries on Netflix in December 2022 which explored their private lives since stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family – but there is no mention of the series on the website.

The royal couple signed a five-year, £76 million ($100 million) contract with the streaming giant in September 2020 to produce documentaries, docuseries, feature films and scripted shows and it is due to expire in 2025.

The couple are reportedly working on a “bunch” of new projects, many of which are believed to be “unscripted”, with the streaming giant.

Netflix’s chief content officer, Bela Bajaria said that the Sussexes were working on “a couple of unscripted things”, which are thought to be documentaries, as well as a film and series. They are are all said to be in “very early development”.

Prince Harry looking solemn

Prince Harry and his wife have chosen a ‘.com’ domain, moving away from a UK only site (Image: Getty)

7. There’s only one picture of the couple

There is only one picture of the couple on their brand new website – with no individual photos to accompany their profile pages.

A photo of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is on the landing page, and it shows the couple clapping and laughing while in Germany during the Invictus Games 2023.

It was taken during the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2023 at Merkur Spiel-Arena on September 16, 2023.

The Invictus Games has come to a close after seven days of competitions, during the moment the image was captured, Harry and Meghan appeared in high spirits as they applauded competitors as they walked out for the closing ceremony, waving flags and joining in with the music.

8. Harry and Meghan have used a ‘.com’ domain

The fact that Harry and Meghan have chosen to use a ‘.com’ domain shows they do not want to be primarily considered a UK company.

According to brandwise.co.uk, a ‘.co.uk’ domain name means a British business whereas a ‘.com’ can mean a business anywhere in the world.

A ‘.co.uk’ domain will get more UK traffic directed to your website from search engines like Google.

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