Meghan Markle and Prince Harry launch Spotify podcast to share 'stories of hope and compassion' after £100m Neflix deal
PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle have today launched their own Spotify podcast – adding to their £100million Netflix deal.
The couple will produce their own exclusive series which will begin with a holiday special that will be released later this month.
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It is the latest lucravitve deal for the pair since they split from the Royal Family and comes after they signed an exclusive Netflix deal.
The new project is a multi-year agreement and their programme will "uplift and entertain audiences around the world", according to Spotify.
The couple said in a statement: "What we love about podcasting is that it reminds all of us to take a moment and to really listen, to connect to one another without distraction.
"With the challenges of 2020, there has never been a more important time to do so, because when we hear each other, and hear each other’s stories, we are reminded of how interconnected we all are."
ON THE HEIR
Their fans were today treated a three-minute trailer clip of their Archewell Audio podcast.
It starts will Harry saying: "Shall we start? Ladies first?"
Before Meghan adds: "No, say it because I think it sounds really nice with your accent."
It is available on the streaming service, accompanied by a short description which reads: "Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, present Archewell Audio."
It adds: "Coming soon to Spotify."
Their podcast will be available for free through Spotify – which also offers more than 1.5 million podcast titles such as "The Michelle Obama Podcast".
Their first podcast installement will be a holiday special featuring "stories of hope and compassion" to celebrate the new year.
Dawn Ostroff, Spotify’s chief content and advertising business officer, said: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex may live in California but the power of their voices rests in their status as citizens of the world.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex may live in California but the power of their voices rests in their status as citizens of the world."
"That they are embracing the extraordinary capacity of podcasts on Spotify while also seeking to elevate underrepresented voices is a testament to their appreciation for the potential of audio storytelling."
The Obamas signed a similar deal to Harry and Meghan. Joe Rogan also reportedly signed a $100million (£82million) deal in May this year.
It comes after Meghan reportedly "angered the Palace" by getting Oprah Winfrey to flog her coffee investment on Instagram, insiders have claimed.
Palace insiders told The Mirror that there were "more than a few raised eyebrows" as it emerged that the Duchess of Sussex had invested in the oat-milk latte start-up Clevr Blends.
Meghan and Harry’s podcast intro
Meghan and Harry have launched their own podcast – sharing the news with a short audio clip…
Harry: Shall we start? no? ladies first?
Meghan: No, say it because I think it sounds really nice with your accent
Harry: What, Archewell Audio
Meghan: I mean…
Meghan: Shall we…?
Harry: Let's do it.
Harry: All right guys, I'm Harry
Meghan: And I'm Meghan. One of the things my husband and I have always talked about is our passion for meeting people and hearing their stories. And no matter what the story, they usually offer you an understand of where someone else is coming from and at the same time remind you in someway of a story about yourself
Harry: And that's what this project is all about – to bring forward different perspectives and voices that perhaps you haven't heard before and find our common ground, because when that happens change really is possible
Meghan: And you know this is also a moment to celebrate kindness and compassion, something we saw in so many places this year and which will underlie everything you hear from Archewell Audio. So that's what we're up to and first up…
Harry: is a holiday special
Meghan and Harry: ding ding ding ding
Harry: We can't wait to share it with you, it will be out later this month
Meghan: We are talking to some amazing people. They're going to share their memories which have helped shape the past year which we know has been a difficult one for everyone
Harry: So many people have been through so much pain this year. Experiencing loss, a huge amount of uncertainty but it feels worth acknowledging that 2020 has connected us in ways we never could have imagined through endless acts of compassion and kindness
Meghan: And what really matters is clear now more than ever
Harry: So here's what you need to do – tap follow right now, go ahead, go on, tap follow and that way you wont miss out you'll be hear new shows as soon as they drop
Meghan: We're so excited so follow and listen for free, only on spotify. we'll meet you back here soon.
Harry: Happy Holidays!
Harry: And welcome to Archewell Audio
Meghan (giggling): Oh! he has a podcast voice!
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit the Royal Family in January, the couple announced their plans to become "financially independent" while still "continuing to uphold the values of Her Majesty."
The Duchess has reportedly started "building a portfolio of startup investments" – and sent her A-list pal Oprah Winfrey a package of coffee samples to try earlier this week.
The TV host, 66, took to Instagram to thank a mystery neighbour named as “M” for gifting her a basket full of latte mixes today.
The couple moved to Southern California with their infant son Archie this year after stepping back from royal duties in January.
In September, they signed an exclusive multi-year production deal for TV programming with Netflix Inc.
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