Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘plan year-long reconciliation with Royal Family’

8 October 2022, 16:23 | Updated: 4 November 2022, 10:10

Harry and Meghan wanted to spend 2023 reconciling with the Royal Family
Harry and Meghan wanted to spend 2023 reconciling with the Royal Family. Picture: Alamy

By Asher McShane

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aim to spend a year trying to reconcile relations with ‘The Firm’ but only once Harry’s memoir has been published, it is claimed.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wanted to spend the next year reconciling with the Queen, but never got the chance, the Sun reported.

Reports emerged last month that Harry was speaking to his publisher to try to change sections of his upcoming memoir after the Queen’s passing.

Yesterday it emerged Meghan is launching a one million US dollar (£896,000) scheme to support women in need.

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Through their foundation Archewell, Meghan and Harry will be involved in a charitable project inviting 14-to-18-year-olds in the US to give a 1,000 dollar (£896) grant to a woman of their choice.

The scheme, in partnership with The Ving Project which looks to spark the next generation of philanthropists, is said to be inspired by Meghan's Spotify podcast series Archetypes.

Meghan said: "Two things that bring me great joy are supporting women and the spirit of giving.

"With the return of Archetypes, Archewell Foundation and VING have come together to create the perfect combination of these loves.

"By donating one million US dollars in grants to women in need, our hope is not to only provide support where it may be felt deepest but also empower young adults to embrace the gift of giving at an early age.

"I'm very proud of this partnership and the good we hope to see come from it."

Nominees must be US residents, non-extended or immediate family members and in need of financial assistance to be eligible.

A note on the Archewell website says: "We're not the philanthropists - you are."

Liz Lefkofsky, founder of Ving, said: "We share the joy of philanthropy with Archewell Foundation and are proud to help young people make a difference by giving a financial boost to others who are financially vulnerable."

Archetypes launched in the summer and is hosted by Meghan who speaks to historians, experts and women who have experienced being typecast.

The podcast looks to "dissect, explore and subvert the labels that try to hold women back", the duchess said in its preview.

It resumed on Tuesday after a four-week break following the death of the Queen.

In it, Meghan criticised films such as Austin Powers and Kill Bill for presenting caricatures of women of Asian descent as over-sexualised or aggressive.

So far her guests have included tennis star Serena Williams, singer Mariah Carey, journalist Lisa Ling and comedian Margaret Cho.

Meghan has long been a campaigner on female empowerment.