In December, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle surprised the world when they announced that they would be working with Spotify to develop a podcast. When their first episode, a holiday special, aired soon before New Years, it was an emotional exploration of life during the pandemic that featured cameos from a few of their famous friends, including Elton John, James Corden, and Naomi Osaka, On Monday they appeared in a Spotify event to say a bit more about their plan for Archewell Audio, their new podcast production arm.
They called in from their living room in Montecito, familiar from some of their previous video calls. According to People, the couple began with a playful show of unity. Meghan said, “We’re using podcasting to drive powerful conversations…” Then Harry chimed in: “…that inspire, challenge and educate.”
Meghan explained more about why they wanted to start a podcast in the first place. “We created Archewell Audio to make sure that we can elevate voices that maybe aren’t being heard and hear people’s stories,” she said.
Harry said he hoped it would inspire to share. “The biggest part of this is to create this community of where you can share, that will encourage everybody else to then share their own vulnerabilities within that safe space,” he said.
The video was Meghan and Harry’s first public appearance after a week full of newsmaking events. On February 14, the couple announced that they were expecting another baby, before announcing the next day that they would sit down for an interview with Oprah early next month. Finally, on Friday, an announcement from the palace that confirmed that the couple would not be returning to royal duties caused a stir in the U.K. press.
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