Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s podcast to be ‘healthier’ platform freeing them from hate | Royal | News (Reports)


The Duke and Duchess, who now live in California, revealed the first Archewell Audio podcast will be released over the Christmas period. The project is focused on giving a platform to “different perspectives and voices that perhaps you haven’t heard before”, Harry, 36, said in a trailer on Spotify’s website.

Royally Obsessed podcast hosts Roberta Fiorito and Rachel Bowie have discussed how speaking through the medium of podcasts might be healthier for the couple.

Meghan, 39, said she was the most trolled person globally in 2019 as she spoke to mark World Mental Health Day in October.

Ms Fiorito said the move away from Instagram represents a move away from trolls.

She said: “I’m happy if podcasts are how we hear from them, versus Instagram, for a while because for them there are no trolls on this platform.

“You know, if they want to read their email, I’m sure they have producers filtering it.

“I think that is much healthier for them.”

Co-host Ms Bowie added: “I feel like they have taken this firm stance against a lot of platforms this year with talking about kindness online and how they want to work toward bettering online communities, but I think podcasts are a perfect way to get on something and get their message out there without having the trolls and the comments and all that.”

Meghan said on the Teenage Therapy podcast in October: “I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female.

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“Now, eight months of that I wasn’t even visible, I was on maternity leave or with a baby.

“But what was able to just be manufactured and churned out, it’s almost unsurvivable, that’s so big, you can’t think of what that feels like, because I don’t care if you’re 15 or 25, if people are saying things about you that aren’t true, what that does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging.”

The announcement of the Archewell Audio podcast has also received negative feedback, with Good Morning Britain host among the outspoken critics.

In a column for MailOnline, he described Harry and Meghan, as “freeloading chancers” who are “driven by large dollops of narcissism”.

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Mr Morgan pretended to be sick into a bin while presenting the ITV show after the podcast was announced on Tuesday.

He said: “How utterly vomit-making.”

Co-host Susanna Reid said she “thought it was a parody”.

Ms Reid has defended the couple previously.

She said “Even I am finding it hard now.”

Piers then shouted: “They’ve lost Susanna Reid! Breaking news!”

In a trailer clip released onto the streaming service, Meghan says: “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 understanding of where someone else is coming from and at the same time remind you in some way of a story about yourself.”

Harry adds: “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.

“When that happens, change really is possible.”

Meghan then continues: “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.”

Meghan adds “So that’s what we are up to, and first up,” allowing Harry to finish with, “is a holiday special.”


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