Meghan and Harry latest news – Duchess and Duke mocked over new podcast which is branded a ‘woke word salad’

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry’s new podcast has been blasted as ‘woke word salad’ by listeners. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex landed a £30million deal with Spotify for their own podcast – adding to their £100million Netflix win.

The parents to one-year-old Archie giggled about having “podcast voices” and even hummed Christmas songs during a heavily scripted three-minute trailer.

The Archewell Audio podcast, which begins later this month, is the pair’s latest lucrative deal since they split from the Royal Family and vowed to become financially independent.

But listeners have slammed the venture on social media, with one person saying on Twitter: “Why on earth do they think we want to listen to their woke word salad?

The podcast, available on Spotify, was accompanied by a short description which reads: "Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, present Archewell Audio. Coming soon to Spotify."

Their first installment will be a holiday special featuring "stories of hope and compassion" to celebrate the new year.

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    The Archewell Audio podcast, which begins later this month, is the pair’s latest lucrative deal since they split from the Royal Family and vowed to become financially independent.

    Mr Morgan continued: "Meghan and Harry have turned into the most god-awful royal grifters, cynically exploiting their royal status to line their own pockets."

    "Honestly, when I first heard the promotional trailer for their new podcast, I assumed it was a spoof," he added.

    Piers pretended to vomit into a bin live on Good Morning Britain yesterday as he ranted on air about the couple's audio venture.

    After removing the bin from his face, he said: "I'm so sorry, how awkward?"

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    'ROYAL GRIFTERS'

    Piers Morgan has hit out at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's "narcissistic" Spotify deal after he thought the trailer was a spoof.

    The Good Morning Britain presenter branded the couple as "the most god-awful royal grifters" as they rake in £30million from their new venture.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex giggled about having “podcast voices” and even hummed Christmas songs during the heavily scripted three-minute trailer that Piers thought was a joke.

    Slamming the pair's new venture in the Daily Mail, he wrote: "As with everything the Duke and Duchess of Sussex seem to do these days, their new commercial venture appears to be driven by large dollops of narcissism, hypocrisy and greed."

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN MARKLE SHARED TIPS TO HOST THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS

    Meghan Markle once revealed the benefits of having a non-traditional Christmas and spending the festive season with friends instead of family.

    In an unearthed interview with Grazia, Meghan advised utilising the kitchen if you only have a small table, saying: "If you do not have a proper set-up, use your dining room table or kitchen counter as a buffet.”

    The Duchess, 39, said: “Holidays with your friends allows you to break the family traditions and avoid Aunt Julie's fruit cake!

    "Have each of your friends bring a dish or cook together in the kitchen."

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    NOEL GALLAGHER CALLS PRINCE HARRY A 'MAD LITTLE KID'

    Noel Gallagher called Prince Harry a "f***ing do-gooder" and a "mad little kid" in an explosive podcast interview this week.

    The former Oasis star added the Royal Family have a "s*** life" while discussing the campaigns launched by Harry and Meghan Markle since stepping back from The Firm.

    Saying he's shocked that anyone "takes them seriously", he slammed Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, for their woke efforts to do good.

    "Prince Harry – surely no one takes him seriously?" he told The Matt Morgan Podcast. "He's just a mad little kid.

    "I don't like do-gooders in general, they f***ing wind me up."

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN & HARRY THOUGHT TO BE SPENDING CHRISTMAS IN LA

    It's thought Meghan and Prince Harry will spend Christmas with Archie in their new home, due to coronavirus restrictions and the pair stepping down as senior royals.

    Last year they also chose to spend Archie's first Christmas with Meghan's mum, Doria, although they spent the two Christmases prior to that with the Queen at Sandringham.

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    MEGHAN NAMED THE MOST POPULAR UK ROYAL WORLDWIDE

    Meghan Markle has been named the popular UK royal in the world – beating the likes of the Queen and Kate Middleton to clinch the top spot. 

    The former actress was crowned the top royal in a worldwide survey by OnBuy, with a popularity score of 14.5 per cent.

    Hot on her heels was the Duchess of Cambridge, 38, who had a ranking of 14.4 per cent, and in third place was the Queen, 94, with a 14.3 per cent popularity score.

    More on the story here.

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    PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MARKLE WILL ‘BE SEEN MORE’ IN 2021

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry "will be seen more in 2021" but will shun the traditional role as "working royals", an insider has claimed.

    Speaking to Vanity Fair, sources close to the couple said Meghan and Harry are "optimistic and excited" for the future after a "rollercoaster" year.

    Discussing what 2021 has in store for the couple, the insider claimed: "We will see more of them and in a different way to how we saw them as working royals.

    "It will be more in line with who they are and the way they want to operate from now on."

  • Rebecca Flood

    PIERS MORGAN SLAMS MEGHAN’S INVESTMENT IN A VEGAN LATTE

    Piers Morgan has called Meghan Markle's investment in a £21 vegan chai latte a "load of old twaddle".

    The 55-year-old struggled to hold back as he gave his outspoken view of the Duchess of Sussex's latest career move.

    She sent close pal Oprah a hamper after putting money into start-up brand Clevr Blends, which makes 'superlattes' in powder form.

    "It's a load of old twaddle," ranted Piers on Good Morning Britain.

    "This is how celebrity works. She decides to invest in this vegan latte business because she likes it.

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    MEGHAN MARKLE WEARS A SANTA HAT IN A THROWBACK VID FROM 2012

    Meghan Markle once appeared wearing a Santa hat in a cheesy music video for a Christmas single.

    The future Duchess of Sussex pops up in the clip for Richard Marx single Christmas Spirit from 2012.

    Meghan, who had not long started in legal drama Suits, is seen sitting at a Christmas table miming the lyrics to the tune with a Santa hat on.

    She is also smiling and nodding in step with the song.

    The montage-style video also features cameos by much better known stars including Olivia Newton-John, David Copperfield and Hugh Jackman.

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    NEW PRINCESS DIANA STATUE INSTALLED JULY 2021

    A new statue of the late Princess Diana will be on view at Kensington Palace from next July on what would have been her 60th birthday, an official has said.

    Her sons, Princes William and Harry, commissioned a statue in honour of their mother – who died in a Paris car crash more than 20 years ago – to be erected outside the Duke of Cambridge's home at the palace.

    But, there has been a delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    The first permanent memorial to her, a 210-metre (689-foot) long fountain, was launched in Hyde Park in 2004 after years of bureaucratic wrangling and squabbling over the design.

    The princes' new statue will be unveiled on July 1.

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    MEGHAN MARKLE & PRINCE HARRY LAND £30M SPOTIFY DEAL

    Prince Harry and Meghan have landed a £30million deal with Spotify for their own podcast – adding to their £100million Netflix win.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex giggled about having “podcast voices” and even hummed Christmas songs during a heavily scripted three-minute trailer.

    The Archewell Audio podcast, which begins later this month, is the pair’s latest lucrative deal since they split from the Royal Family and vowed to become financially independent.

    One insider said: “Meghan was the driving force behind it. The initial multi-year deal is worth in excess of £30million with a view to extending it within six months.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    PIERS MORGAN SLAMS MEGHAN MARKLE & PRINCE HARRY’S SPOTIFY DEAL

    Piers Morgan has hit out at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's "narcissistic" Spotify deal after he thought the trailer was a spoof.

    The Good Morning Britain presenter branded the couple as "the most god-awful royal grifters" as they rake in £30million from their new venture.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex giggled about having “podcast voices” and even hummed Christmas songs during the heavily scripted three-minute trailer that Piers thought was a joke.

    Slamming the pair's new venture in the Daily Mail, he wrote: "As with everything the Duke and Duchess of Sussex seem to do these days, their new commercial venture appears to be driven by large dollops of narcissism, hypocrisy and greed."

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    PRINCE WILLIAM 'HAS NO DESIRE' TO WATCH THE CROWN

    A friend of Prince William's claimed the Duke of Cambridge has "no desire" to watch the series.

    Another source said: "The feeling is that the latest series would actually be quite sad for them to watch."

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    HARRY 'WATCHES THE CROWN'

    Prince Harry watches The Crown but would "tune out" when it gets to his era, a Royal author has claimed.

    Omid Scobie said that the Duke of Sussex, 36, was certainly "aware" of the first series, and that he'd definitely "taken a look", unlike his brother Prince William has "no desire" to watch.

    He said: "I know that Prince Harry certainly was aware of the first series. I don't know if he watched the full series but he had certainly taken a look. 

    "But I remember speaking to an aide of his who said even if he was to watch the full series he would always tune out the second it got anywhere near his era."

    More on the story here

    A royal author has claimed Harry watches The CrowCredit: Netflix
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    DEVOTED TO CHARITY WORK

    Meghan is devoted to charity work, much like her husband Prince Harry.

    She is the Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada and has been to Rwanda to promote the organisation's Clean Water Campaign.

    The Duchess of Sussex has also visited Afghanistan to support US forces and their families.

    In 2014 she was involved in a UN campaign for gender equality.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    HOW OLD IS MEGHAN MARKLE?

    Meghan is currently 39, and was born on August 4, 1981.

    The actress was born and raised in California but then lived in Toronto, Canada, where the TV show Suits was filmed.

    Meghan is 39 years oldCredit: The Mega Agency
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    'SENSITIVITY AND PROTECTIVENESS'

    Emma Corrin, however, added: "I also understand [the request] comes from a place of sensitivity and protectiveness of the Royal Family and Diana."

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    EMMA CORRIN SLAMS CALLS FOR 'WARNING' ON THE CROWN

    The Crown's Emma Corrin has slammed calls for a 'warning' on the Netflix show which is 'very clearly' fiction.

    Emma, who plays a young Princess Diana in the popular drama, made her comments following murmurings from government that a disclaimer is needed.

    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden praised the royal drama as a "beautifully produced work of fiction", but said viewers could be in danger of mistaking it for fact without a warning at the beginning of each episode.

    "It is very clearly a dramatised version of events," said the 25-year-old during a chat with Variety and their iHeart Radio podcast The Big Ticket.

    "This is fictitious in the same way people don’t mistake Succession for what actually happened with the Murdochs."

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    CHARLES AND CAMILLA GO FLORAL FOR THEIR XMAS CARD

    Clarence House released the Christmas card of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, which was taken in the early autumn at Birkhall, Scotland, by a member of their staff.

    Prince Charles and Camilla released their Christmas card
  • Chiara Fiorillo

    KATE AND WILLIAM UNVEIL THEIR CHRISTMAS CARD

    Kate Middleton and Prince William’s highly-anticipated Christmas card for this year has been officially unveiled, days after it was leaked online.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge can be seen beaming outside on a bench, with their three adorable children Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two. 

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    WHEN DID HARRY AND MEGHAN MEET?

    Meghan and Prince Harry met on a blind date in July 2016, which was arranged by "a mutual friend," the prince revealed in a BBC interview.

    In November 2016, Kensington Palace confirmed the Suits actress was the Prince's girlfriend, with a statement adding that Harry was concerned for her safety due to high media attention.

    Harry and Meghan met in 2016Credit: AFP or licensors
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    MEGHAN'S ACTING CAREER

    Meghan starred in Suits from 2011 to 2018 and quit the show in the run up to her royal wedding. 

    On the big screen, Meghan also appeared in Horrible Bosses, Get Him to the Greek and Remember Me.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    MEGHAN 'HAD A SPECIAL AURA'

    A former Suits director has said Meghan Markle always had an “aura about her that was special.”

    Actor Tim Matheson, 72, directed an episode of Suits back in 2011, which starred Meghan in her role as paralegal Rachel Zane. 

    He told Page Six that it was evident back then that “she was charming and she had an aura about her that was special.”

    Tim, who is best known for The West Wing, said: “I could see that she had a very unique quality and the camera loved her.

    “For me as a director, she was easy to shoot. Just point it in that direction, it’ll be fine.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    NOEL GALLAGHER CALLS PRINCE HARRY 'A MAD LITTLE KID'

    Noel Gallagher called Prince Harry a "f***ing do-gooder" and a "mad little kid" in an explosive podcast interview this week.

    The former Oasis star added the Royal Family have a "s*** life" while discussing the campaigns launched by Harry and Meghan Markle since stepping back from The Firm.

    Saying he's shocked that anyone "takes them seriously", he slammed Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, for their woke efforts to do good.

    "Prince Harry – surely no one takes him seriously?" he told The Matt Morgan Podcast. "He's just a mad little kid.

    "I don't like do-gooders in general, they f***ing wind me up."

    Noel Gallagher has called Prince Harry 'a mad little kid'Credit: Splash News
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    MEG & HARRY 'CRAVE SPOTLIGHT', RADIO HOST CLAIMS

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle "crave" the spotlight after signing another lucrative podcast deal with Spotify, radio host Ian Collins claims.

    The TalkRadio presenter said: "They have got absolutely no intention of hiding away from the glare, they crave it.

    "I don’t think Meghan can wake up in the morning unless she thinks there is some deal to be done.

    "They have decided to sign not only the deal with Netflix but with Spotify which will be their new home for a podcast."

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