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The new hire joins several other staff changes at the couple's various ventures

By Stephanie Petit
March 22, 2021 12:48 PM
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are making some changes to their team.

The couple confirmed Monday that they've hired producer Ben Browning as head of content for Archewell Productions and Archewell Audio, the companies they launched with their partnerships with Netflix and Spotify. Browning's past work includes The Big Sick, Arrival and Room as well as current Academy Award Best Picture nominee Promising Young Woman.

"From the moment they shared their vision for Archewell as a global production company that will spotlight diverse voices and share uplifting stories, I knew I wanted to help with this unique opportunity," Browning said in a statement. "It's a thrilling company to be starting."

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Ben Browning
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Also on Monday, the couple's office confirmed that Meghan and Harry's Archewell Foundation director Catherine St-Laurent has transitioned to a senior advisory role.

Further, Invisible Hand, a diverse, female-led team based in N.Y.C. founded by Genevieve Roth as a social impact and culture change agency, was also confirmed as recently coming on board at Archewell.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
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Longtime Sussex advisor James Holt will now act as Archewell Foundation's executive director, while global press secretary Toya Holness will take over Holt's communications duties in the U.K. 

"Archewell is incredibly pleased to welcome Ben, Genevieve and the Invisible Hand team to the organization," Holness said in a statement. "Along with the appointment of James Holt as Executive Director of Archewell Foundation, they join a rapidly expanding team that's deeply dedicated to advancing systemic cultural change and supporting compassionate communities across the world."

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Oprah Winfrey
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Harry and Meghan announced in April 2020, shortly after they officially stepped down as senior royals on March 31, that their new foundation would be called Archewell — a name that shares a connection with their son Archie, who will turn 2 on May 6. In a statement, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex explained how they decided on the name, which predates their son's name.

"Like you, our focus is on supporting efforts to tackle the global COVID-19 pandemic, but faced with this information coming to light, we felt compelled to share the story of how this came to be," the couple said in the statement.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Commonwealth Day 2020
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"Before SussexRoyal came the idea of 'arche' — the Greek word meaning 'source of action,' " they continued. "We connected to this concept for the charitable organization we hoped to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son's name. To do something of meaning, to do something that matters. Archewell is a name that combines an ancient word for strength and action, and another that evokes the deep resources we each must draw upon. We look forward to launching Archewell when the time is right."