Prince Harry dealt big blow just hours before Invictus speech as latest scheme in the US fails

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, attends a press conference at the Merkur Spiel-Arena stadium in Duesseldorf, western Germany, where they are for a visit on September 6, 2022 in the context of the "One Year to Go" event of the Invictus Games Duesseldorf 2023.
Prince Harry has run into some trademark trouble with his African charity, Sentebale -Credit:SASCHA SCHUERMANN/AFP via Getty Images

Prince Harry's latest plot in the US appears to have been foiled while the duke is preparing for his Invictus Games speech after landing in the UK yesterday.

The 39-year-old prince had applied for a trademark in the United States for his charity Sentebale which he co-founded with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006.

The charity aims to assist children and adolescents in Lesotho and Botswana, including those affected by HIV/AIDs, offering support services that cover healthcare, life skills, education, advocacy, vocational training and climate resilience.

According to royal commentator Richard Eden in the Daily Mail, the prince's attempt has "fallen into trademark difficulties in the USA thwarting, for now at least, plans to expand its operations in America".

Harry's plan was to secure the trademark for Sentebale under several categories, the Express reports.

Harry landed back in the UK this week to celebrate the Invictus Games ten year anniversary -Credit:Getty
Harry landed back in the UK this week to celebrate the Invictus Games ten year anniversary -Credit:Getty

Among those were 'mental healthcare services' and 'psychological and mental health counselling services', alongside 'provision of immunizations', 'campaigning' and 'organising of conferences, seminars, courses, workshops and other events', not to mention 'production of audio and/or video recordings'.

However, the US Patent and Trademark Office, despite acknowledging there are "no conflicting [trade] marks", has disapproved the application.

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According to their ruling, numerous categories were inadequately defined as they were "considered too vague" and they also rejected using ''and/or'' terming it as "generally not accepted".

The guidance on trade mark applications is clear, stating that: "An application must specify, in an explicit manner, the particular goods and services on or in connection with which the applicant uses, or has a bona fide intention to use, the [trade] mark in commerce."

Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso
The Duke of Sussex founded Sentebale with the Prince Seeiso of Lesotho -Credit: Getty

Meanwhile, financial records recently submitted to the Charity Commission reveal a significant drop in contributions to the charity from the American Friends of Sentebale Foundation, with figures plummeting from over £1.2 million to just £610,000 in the past year.

In other news, Prince Harry has landed back on UK soil this week to mark the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games.

He's scheduled to deliver a reading at St Paul's Cathedral during the commemorative service.

Just yesterday, he was spotted with Invictus CEO Dominic Reid OBE at the Honourable Artillery Company in London.

A spokesperson for the prince confirmed that there are no plans for him to meet with the King during this visit, and that he will soon be travelling to Nigeria with his wife, Meghan Markle, later in the week.

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