Meghan Markle and Harry cash in on ‘global reach’ with ‘lucrative’ podcast deal – expert | Royal | News (Reports)


Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, quit the Royal Family in March and have since gone on to sign a string of lucrative commercial deals. After clinching a multimillion-pound contract to produce shows for Netflix in the summer, Harry and Meghan have now signed a podcast deal with streaming service Spotify.

A promo to Meghan and Harry’s Archewell Audio podcast series dropped on Spotify on Tuesday.

In the laidback clip, the couple have a jokey air and tease one another while outlining plans for upcoming episodes of their show.

In an official statement about Archewell Audio, Meghan and Harry said: “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.”

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The podcast description on Spotify reads: “Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, present Archewell Audio.”

The description adds: “Coming soon to Spotify.”

While some critics have slammed the Suusexes for seeming to cash-in on their celebrity status despite their bid for more privacy, others have praised their latest move.

One royal commentator has claimed Meghan and Harry’s latest venture is them “using their unique global reach constructively.”

He added: “It’s an example of Harry and Meghan using their unique global reach constructively.”

Language expert and author Judi James analysed the promo clip for and claimed it shows Meghan and Harry’s wish to establish their “own royal brand” outside the House of Windsor.

Judi said: “The words used during this podcast teaser are crucial in terms of setting out the Sussex’s brand going forward.

“Not only has there been a conscious decision to create strong branding that is a world away from the Windsor brand, but that new brand appears to have a royal tone of its own, suggesting Harry and Meghan are setting up their own ‘royal’ base in the US, albeit one that fits their ideal of how status and power should be used to ‘make the world a better place’ as Harry would put it.”

Judi added: “Harry’s version of the more high-status wording is the kind of corporate-speak we’ve heard him use a lot recently.

“He calls their podcast a ‘project’ and when he uses summary words: ‘That’s what this project is all about’ he delivers non-specifics about ‘different perspectives’ and ‘connecting through endless acts of kindness’.

“So far then, we are being told that the couple are keen to deliver in terms of insights about themselves and hints about their more private, loving and flirty relationship together, plus what will probably be some headline-hitting stories about their own experiences, prompted by the stories of their guests.”

Meghan and Harry are due to mark their first Christmas since leaving the Royal Family.

They are expected to spend the day at home in Montecito with their one-year-old son Archie-Harrison.


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