Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Receive Backlash For New Website With Flattering Bios

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Prince Harry And Meghan Markle quietly launched a new website showcasing their philanthropic work and achievements, prompting both praise and backlash from fans and skeptics.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are back to business with their SussexRoyal.com website, now redirecting users to the newly launched Sussex.com, which features bios for the couple as well as links to their Archewell Foundation and Archewell Productions organizations.

It would appear that the foundation’s website even got a face-lift, as it now matches the new platform’s dark navy and beige theme.

Moreover, the Sussex.com site offers a news tab that summarizes the pair’s achievements, as per The New York Post.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s newly launched Sussex.com website prompted both praise and backlash from fans and skeptics

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Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Receive Backlash For New Website With Flattering Bios

In fact, it has just posted a new entry featuring a write-up of the prince presenting the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year to Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Cameron Heyward at the National Football League (NFL) Honors.

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award is presented annually by the NFL, and it honors a player’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact, as well as his excellence on the field.

Visitors logging onto the old website’s URL will now see a pop-up message that reads: “This site was established in 2020 and sets out the work streams of Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex prior to their move to the United States.

The couple, who live in Southern California, showcased their philanthropic work and achievements using their royal titles

Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Receive Backlash For New Website With Flattering Bios

The couple’s coat of arms appears at the top of the homepage, with text underneath that reads, “The office of Prince Harry & Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”

Meghan’s coat of arms was unveiled in 2018 following her wedding to the 39-year-old prince and reflects her Californian background. According to the BBC, It includes a shield containing the color blue, representing the Pacific Ocean, and rays, symbolizing sunshine.

Prince Harry was gifted his very own coat of arms on his 18th birthday in 2002, Metro explained. His features the Support Arms of the Sovereign right of the United Kingdom, and the left side of his coat of arms has been used for his and Meghan’s joint arms.

The new homepage’s backdrop is represented by the Duke and his 42-year-old wife smiling and cheering at the 2023 Invictus Games, which is reportedly the same image they used for their holiday card last year.

The Invictus Games is an international multi-sport event held for wounded, injured, and sick servicemen and women, both those still serving and veterans.

Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Receive Backlash For New Website With Flattering Bios

Prince Harry’s bio featured on the renewed website calls him a “humanitarian, military veteran, mental health advocate, and environmental campaigner.” It also boasts about his 2023 bombshell memoir, Spare.

Spare received generally mixed reviews from critics, some who praised the British Royal Family member’s openness but were critical of the inclusion of too many personal details. According to Guinness World Records, Spare became “the fastest-selling non-fiction book of all time” on the date of its release.

Meanwhile, Meghan’s bio is noticeably longer than her husband’s, and it identifies her as a “feminist and champion of human rights and gender equity.” It also mentions her role in the hit series Suits, as well as other creative efforts.

From 2011 to 2017, Meghan played her best-known role, Rachel Zane, on the legal drama series.

Both bios refer to their two kids as “Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet” despite Harry and Meghan stepping down as senior members of the royal family in 2020.

Meghan’s bio identifies her as a “feminist and champion of human rights and gender equity”

Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Receive Backlash For New Website With Flattering Bios

The couple had initially agreed to a period of transition before ultimately settling in California, USA. While the duo have retained their titles and positions in the line of succession to the British throne, they are no longer considered working members of the royal family.

Harry and Meghan’s revived bios and website design sparked some divided opinions, with some people expressing their outrage on X (formerly known as Twitter), as a person wrote: “Umm, these two nincompoops do realize they are not ‘Sussex,’ right?

“The gall of buying Sussex.com and including a royal crest, though they hate the royals, is ridiculous.”

Another X user commented: “The Office of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’ Grandiose, arrogant & self-serving.”

A separate individual chimed in: “If this isn’t an attempt to pre-empt their anticipated removal from the Royal Family website (and other actions), it should be the catalyst to do so. Get on with it.”

Nevertheless, others shared their positive reactions, as a commentator penned: “Meghan outlines all the work she’s done throughout her life. I’m so proud of her for doing this.

“She’s taking control of her life. She doesn’t owe anything to anyone, and she wants you to know that, yes, her children are, in fact, a prince and princess.”

An additional person wrote: “The Sussex.com website is going to make a lot of people cry, and I am here for it.

“However, I am so proud of Harry & Meghan for doing things the way they see fit & having some of the best people working for them. Onwards and Upwards! 2024 is our year to celebrate them!”

Meghan, who is of mixed-race heritage with an African-American mother, Doria Ragland, has faced criticism and negative portrayals from some sections of the British tabloid media.

Prince Harry’s bio featured on the renewed website calls him a “humanitarian, military veteran, mental health advocate, and environmental campaigner”

Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Receive Backlash For New Website With Flattering Bios

Over the years, some commentators and observers have suggested that some of the coverage she received contained elements of racism or racial bias.

In 2016, when Meghan and Prince Harry had just started dating, The Daily Mail published an article with the headline “Harry’s girl is (almost) straight outta Compton,” referencing Meghan Markle’s mixed-race heritage and upbringing in the diverse neighborhood of Crenshaw in Los Angeles.

In 2019, one year into Meghan and Harry’s marriage, The Sun published a headline that read “Meghan Markle’s exotic heritage revealed,” which some critics argued reduced the former actress’ diverse background to an exotic curiosity, thereby marginalizing her identity.

In 2021, after moving to the US and following Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, The Daily Express published an article with the headline: “Meghan’s Oprah claim torn apart as expert exposes major inconsistencies.”

While the headline itself may have not explicitly contained racial bias, critics argued at the time that the tone of the article and its portrayal of Meghan perpetuated negative stereotypes often associated with Black women.

The former senior royals’ new website launch follows King Charles’s recent cancer diagnosis, which prompted Prince Harry to fly back to the UK despite their estranged relationship.

Harry was seen arriving at a private terminal at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport, USA) in his black Range Rover ahead of his flight to the UK on February 6.

The Duke of Sussex was personally informed about his father’s diagnosis by the monarch.

Additionally, a source close to Harry had said earlier: “The Duke did speak with his father about his diagnosis. He will be traveling to the UK to see His Majesty in the coming days.”

Critics referred to the newly launched website as a “rebrand” attempt

Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Receive Backlash For New Website With Flattering Bios
Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Receive Backlash For New Website With Flattering Bios

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