It didn't take long for online pranksters to target Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Archewell website. Page Six reports that the URL archewellfoundation.com was directing visitors to a YouTube video of Kanye West's "Gold Digger." On Thursday afternoon, the redirect was no longer active and the website was only displaying an error.
While reports of Meghan and Harry's next steps came with various trademark filings with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, cyber squatters may have nabbed the specific site before actions could be taken by the duo's team. Comments flooded West's video, stating that users had come from archewell.com (which is also displaying an error) and calling the internet jokester a "genius," Page Six adds.
Though Harry and Meghan only released their charity's name, the two came under fire for the timing of the announcement. The world is enduring a pandemic, yes, but the Archewell news came on the same day that U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to intensive care. Further details, Meghan and Harry added, are delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Another announcement will be made "when the time is right," they added.
West himself has fallen victim to a similar prank. The Washington Post reports that loser.com was pointing visitors to West's Wikipedia page. Today, loser.com points to facts about the coronavirus, but it has also redirected to Donald Trump's Wikipedia page. In 2016, Brian Connelly owned the domain and said that he used it as a platform to call out the people he saw as, well, losers.