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Earlier this week it was announced Meghan and Harry will produce a series of podcasts for Spotify designed to “build community through shared experiences”. In September the couple signed a mega deal with Netflix which will see them produce documentaries, films and children’s shows for the streaming giant.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph Celia Walden argued Meghan and Harry should be stripped of their HRH titles.

After discussions with other Royal Family members, they agreed to stop using the titles, but technically still retain them.

Ms Walden wrote: “I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the HRH is going to have to go.

“You see, this isn’t Duchy Original shortbread they’re hawking, but the coat of arms, the royal seal and title.


“The HRH is going to have to go” (Image: GETTY)


Celia Walden has argued Meghan and Harry should lose their HRH titles (Image: GETTY)

“That’s what Big Tech is doling out the big bucks for, not plain old Meghan and Harry – the likes of them are ten a penny out in LA. And as the faux-meaningful commodities being flogged as part of their brand become more and more embarrassing – Eau de Compassion, anyone? – the real meaning of HRH will get dragged down with it.

“The world can still be your oyster if you let those initials go, Mr and Mrs Windsor.

“It just might mean a slightly smaller pearl.”

Meghan and Harry caused a global sensation back in January when they announced their plan to stand down as senior members of the Royal Family.

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Harry and Meghan have signed a podcast deal with Spotify (Image: GETTY)

The couple completed their final royal engagement, the 2020 Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey, in March.

After a brief stay in Canada they moved to Meghan’s home state of California before it went into coronavirus lockdown.

Spotify welcomed the podcast deal with the royal couple which it claimed would “build community through shared experiences, narratives and values”.

Dawn Ostroff, Spotify’s chief content officer, added: “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.


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Harry and Meghan at the 2020 Commonwealth Day service (Image: GETTY)


Meghan and Harry pictured with their son Archie (Image: GETTY)

“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 announcement was accompanied by the release of a trailer for the podcast series.

It’s first episode, a festive special, will be released later this month.

Welcoming the deal the Duke and Duchess said: “What we love about podcasting is that it reminds us all to take a moment and to really listen, to connect to one another without distraction.

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“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.”

The Netflix deal announced in September means Meghan and Harry will produce documentaries, films and children’s shows for the streaming platform.

Meghan is not expected to return to acting but there is speculation both royals could appear in some of their documentaries.


There is speculation Meghan and Harry could appear in their Netflix documentaries (Image: GETTY)

However Ms Walden was fiercely critical of the podcast announcement.

She wrote: “Just when you thought the Sussexes had reached peak cringe, when the simple sight of their names and faces now prompts a mass involuntary toe-curl across the nation and beyond, they release a trailer for their new Spotify podcast series that turns the lesser-known talent of “self-spoofing” into an art form. 

“That no public person, aside perhaps Kim Kardhashian, has shown a greater disconnect with the general public over the past year has, of course, passed over their titled heads.”


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