Meghan and Harry’s New Website Redirects to “Charity Fraud,” “Gold Digger,” and More

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been pranked. The couple told The Telegraph on April 6 that they will launch a non profit organization called Archewell. But, apparently, they had not crossed all their t’s before talking to the press. And several of the domains they could have used for their Archewell foundation, such as “archewellfoundation.com,” were soon bought by pranksters. Some Instagram accounts too.

Here are the 7 fake Archewell sites and what they redirect to:

1. Archewellfoundation.com

This was the first site that appeared online. After people read about the Sussex’s foundation, they went looking for the charity on the great wide web and found this site, “archewellfoundation.com.”

The page, posing as Meghan and Harry’s foundation, redirected to Kanye West’s 2005 video called Gold Digger.

The song itself is funny and catchy.

Nonetheless, someone was not amused, for the page has now been taken down.

Status: taken down.

2. Thearchewell.foundation

This website appeared next. It redirects to the song Gaslighter, which was recently released by the Dixie Chicks.

Status: still up on April 13.

3. Archewellfoundation.org

“Archewellfoundation.org” featured no other than Queen Elizabeth, Harry’s grandmother.

The page originally showed a full-screen video of the Queen’s latest speech, in which she addressed the coronavirus crisis.

It was broadcast on April 6 – the same day the Sussexes told The Telegraph they are creating a new charity.

The title of the video on the website? “We will meet again.”

Harry and Meghan famously quit their jobs as British royals in January and left England.

But that queenly video appeared in “Archewellfoundation.org” until April 10. Now the page redirects to this YouTube video, which mercilessly parodies the Sussex couple.

Status: still up on April 13.

4. Archewellfoundation.uk

Screenshot of "archewellfoundation.uk" opened in a browser. The website shows an entry on charity fraud from the encyclopaedia Britannica.
At first, the visitor looking for Archewell charity landed on this page that showed the entry for “charity fraud.” This is the screenshot of what the website looked like until April 10.

At first, the visitor that landed on “archewellfoundation.uk” was met by an entry of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the one on “Charity fraud.”

But on April 10 the prankster changed his/her mind.

And the page now redirects to Dire Strait’s music video Money for Nothing.

Status: still up on April 13.

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5. Archewellcharity.com

Announcement. White letters on blue background. It reads: "We will surrender this domain upon the immediate and safe return of Prince Henry Charles Albert David, Duke of Sussex to Her Majesty's United Kingdom:
Buckingham Palace, Westminister, London. UK.
Yours faithfully, archewellcharity@protonamil.com
In this website the hijackers announce they will surrender the domain in return for the safe return of Prince Harry to Her Majesty the Queen.

Since the original prank-site “archewellfoudation.com” is now down, this site popped up swiftly to take its place.

“Archewellcharity.com” at first redirected to Kanye and Jamie Foxx’s video Gold Digger.

But now the page shows an announcement saying that they will surrender the domain when Prince Harry is returned safely to the Queen of England.

And the hijackers have signed the note off giving an email address: [email protected], which may or may not be theirs.

Status: still up on April 13.

6. Archewellnonprofit.com

Gold Digger’s lyric video

This website used to redirect to, you guessed it, Kanye and Jamie’s hit Gold Digger.

But now it takes you to “archewellcharity.com,” which is #5 on this list.

Status: still up on April 13.

7. Archewellfoundation.online

Screenshot of a website. The title reads "The Hamburger Princess." Then it says "Hamburger suppers are king" followed by a picture of a half-eaten hamburger accompanied with fries on a disposable plate.

And here is the last site.

“Archwellfoundation.online” has a picture of a half-eaten hamburger and some fries.

The picture is titled “Hamburger Princess,” which is quite an obscure dig at the ex-royal couple, unless you have some background information. So here it is:

In 2013, before meeting Harry, Meghan Markle shot a video for Men’s Health in which she, seductively, cooks hamburgers on a rooftop.

Status: still up on April 13.

8. Bonus: Instagram accounts

Websites were not the only target of the hijackers.

The, certainly, not-fans of the Duke and Duchess have also snatched Instagram accounts that use the Archewell name:

Archewellfoundationglobal
Archewellworldwide
Archewell.global.con
Archewell2
Archewellworks
Archewellcharityglobal

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2020-04-10
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