Meghan Markle’s revival of The Tig could be delayed for six more months after an awkward admin howler that saw her fail to sign the paperwork, it has been claimed
Meghan Markle’s plans to relaunch her lifestyle blog has hit a snag after it was claimed she failed to sign the trademark application.
The 40-year-old wants to revive The Tig and she was hoping to bring the website back online last September.
But she reportedly didn’t sign the form and that costly paperwork error has delayed its return until late 2022.
The Duchess of Sussex called the site “a hub for the discerning palate — those with a hunger for food, travel, fashion and beauty”.
But the former actress had to shut the blog in April 2017, after meeting her future husband the previous year. Meghan has been plotting her return from her since stepping away from royal duties with Prince Harry.
But she will have to wait another six months, according to MailOnline, after the US Patent and Trademark Office informed her of the admin error.
The original description of the website was ‘too broad’, the publication states.
It comes after it was reported that the former actress is attempting to trademark the centuries-old English word “archetypes” after deciding to use it as the name for her first round of podcasts on Spotify.
On The Tig, she shared stories about her favorite food, places, fashion and inspiring women on the blog for a number of years before she was forced to call it a day when things with Harry turned serious.
Her business manager, Andrew Meyer, filed documents in the US using a company called Frim Fram to keep rights to the name until at least 2021.
But as soon as the license expired, she re-applied – and failed to sign the agreement, it has been suggested.
Back in 2019, an insider revealed: “It’s fascinating Meghan’s business manager has ensured she keeps The Tig for a few more years at least.
“Of course it’s understandable she wouldn’t want an entrepreneur using the name without her involvement.
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“But given her desire to be a different type of royal — pushing her own causes using digital and social media — it’s not out of the question she’d think The Tig could play an important role,” the royal source told The Sun.
Her spokeswoman said three years ago: “The lasting trademark is to prevent false branding, to avoid others purporting to be the Duchess or affiliated with her.”
Meghan made the application over the use of “archetypes” to the United States Patent and Trademark Office last month.
The word archetype first entered the English language around the 1540s and has Latin and Greek origins.
But Meghan wants to take ownership of the word where the use is “in the fields of cultural treatment of women and stereotypes facing women” – and includes a long list of goods and services.
This can be anything from podcasts, to the internet or television programmes.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.