MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry have secured a second commercial contract, after signing a podcast deal with Spotify.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry secure Spotify podcast deal
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have clinched the multi-year deal with the streaming giant through their newly formed production company Archewell Audio. The couple plan to host and produce podcasts that uplift and entertain audiences.
The couple will launch a series of podcasts later this month, starting with a holiday special featuring a number of inspirational stories.
Meghan and Harry 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.”PROMOTED STORY
Spotify has already teased the podcast, sharing a three-minute trailer of Meghan and Harry speaking and introducing the series.
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The video is accompanied by a short description that reads: “Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, present Archewell Audio. Coming soon to Spotify.”
The trailer was released online this afternoon and opens with Harry saying to his wife “ladies first” before Meghan says: “No you say it first because I think it sounds really nice with your accent.”
The Duke sounds surprised as he says: “What? Archewell Audio? Really?”
Meghan laughs: “I mean… Okay, let’s do it.”
The Duke continues: “Hi guys, I’m Harry” before Meghan says: “And I’m Meghan”, with both choosing not to use their royal titles.
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Spotify have shared the news on their Twitter account (Image: Twitter)
The couple then introduce their new podcast series, which they say will involve “bringing forward different perspectives and voices that perhaps you haven’t heard before and find out common ground”.
Spotify has said the couple will shine a spotlight on “diverse perspectives and voices”.
Their first series will debut next year.
Spotify has invested huge sums of money into podcasts over the last 12 months, signing deals with people such as Kim Kardashian West, Michelle Obama and Joe Rogan.
Meghan Markle and Harry release Archewell Audio trailer
Dawn Ostroff, chief content and advertising business officer for Spotify, said in a statement: “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.
“We are proud to partner with the Duke and Duchess and look forward to listeners hearing directly from them and the other creators that they will be elevating via our global platform.”
Spotify currently has 144million premium subscripts and 320million monthly active users around the world.
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Royal fans have responded to the news with excitement.
One person wrote on Twitter: “So stoked and excited for what’s to come. Way to go, Harry & Meghan.”
Another user said: “Brilliant! Just love love Hazza and Meg. Congratulations!”
A third wrote: “I love this program. Harry & Meghan are much-needed positive & uplifting voices.”
Earlier this year Meghan and Harry signed a deal with Netflix, where the pair will make a number of documentaries, feature films and children’s programmes.