Meghan Markle tries to 'trademark' word first used in English language 470 years ago

The application was made at the United States Patent and Trademark Office last month

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Meghan is trying to trademark the word “archetypes” after revealing it will be the name of her first series of podcasts.

The application was made at the United States Patent and Trademark Office last month by Archewell Audio, one of several businesses founded by Meghan and Prince Harry.

The word “archetypes” derives from ancient Greek and is believed to have first entered the UK in approximately the 1540s.

Archewell’s application says the word would cover a long list of entertainment services "in the fields of cultural treatment of women and stereotypes facing women".

Meghan Markle is trying to trademark the word "archetypes"
Meghan Markle is trying to trademark the word "archetypes"
The application was made last month by Archewell Audio
The application was made last month by Archewell Audio

The list includes podcasts, TV shows, DVDs, CDs, and streaming services.

But they could face a legal battle from other companies who also use the word in their names, such as the skincare business, Archetypes.

The Spotify-based podcast is expected to be released later this summer and include interviews with historians and experts to discover "labels that try to hold women back".

In a trailer for the upcoming series, Meghan said: "This is how we talk about women: the words that raise our girls, and how the media reflects women back to us.

"But where do these stereotypes come from? And how do they keep showing up and defining our lives?

"This is Archetypes – the podcast where we dissect, explore and subvert the labels that try to hold women back.

"I’ll have conversations with women who know all too well how these typecasts shape our narratives.

"And I’ll talk to historians to understand how we even got here in the first place."