Updated article on 29/12/20: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have released their first ever podcast episode and it features a bevvy of famous 'appearances' from the likes of Sir Elton John and James Corden.
Oh, and just wait for the impromptu message from Archie at the end. Yes, that's right - the toddler has made his first words 'in public' on his podcast.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released the ‘2020 holiday special’ recording on December 19 as a way to honour frontline workers and pay tribute to those facing ‘uncertainty and unthinkable loss’ as a result of Covid-19.
'We're glad you're here,’ Harry begins the podcast. ‘As we all know, it's been a year. And we really want to honour the compassion and kindness that has helped so many people get through it.'
In the podcast, the couple speak to Sir Elton, Corden, as well as prominent figures such as tennis champion Naomi Osaka, author Deepak Chopra, spoken word performer George The Poet, filmmaker Tyler Perry (who the couple reportedly rented a house off in the early days of their move to California) and British climate and food activist Christina Adane.
‘I really don’t have FOMO,’ says Corden on reflecting on his year spending more time at home with his family. ‘Being able to spend such time with my children, I feel like my relationship with them has changed.’
'I feel like I developed a deeper relationship even though we were so separated and couldn't see each other,' Adane says of keeping in touch with her friends through the pandemic. Osaka added: 'I coped with all the change this year by talking to my family a lot and in the middle of quarantine I played games with my sister a lot on the Playstation.'
At one point, George The Poet notes that by the time listeners tune in to the episode, he would have proposed to his now-fiancée Sandra Diana Makumbi. 'Wish us luck guys,' he says of his proposal.
'That's amazing,' says Meghan on the news of the proposal. 'George, hopefully it was a "yes", if it's not or if it wasn't then...this is kind of awkward so...'
'From us I'll say no matter what life throws at you guys, trust us when we say, love wins,’ Meghan concludes the podcast as Harry begins to hum the tune. '"This Little Light of Mine" played at the very end of our wedding… while we were walking down the steps of the church,’ she says as the gospel song ‘This Little Light Of Mine’ plays at the end.
'The message of this song is one we hold so dearly. It's about using the power we each have within us to make this world a better place,' notes Harry.
'You can speak into it,' says Harry to Archie. 'Is it fun?' Meghan adds before her son replies: 'Fun!'
'Speak into it, ready "Happy New Year"' the proud parents say as Archie repeats their words back to them before they all erupt into laughter.
A three-minute teaser for the podcast - from 'Archewell Audio', the company producing the podcast which uses the same name of their charity which also inspired the name of their son, Archie - has already been released on the streaming platform.
In the clip, Prince Harry is heard hesitantly kicking off the recording, before passing the duties to Meghan, who responds: 'No say it, because I think it sounds really nice with your accent.'
The couple explain how 'kindness and compassion' will underline 'everything you hear on Archewell audio' and share their beliefs that through hearing diverse, inspiration and empowering people and stories, real change is possible.
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Later this month, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will release their first podcast, a 'holiday special' which will feature 'inspirational stories' sharing their memories of 2020, which the couple introduced in the teaser by singing an impromptu festive jingle.
'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,' Harry and Meghan said in a statement, reports THR.
'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.'
This is the latest move for the Sussexes since branching out on their own after stepping back as senior working members of the royal family earlier this year and becoming financially independent from 'The Firm'.
The couple have been residing in California where they have been volunteering, speaking and meeting with charities and conducting interviews for various causes close to their hearts. In September, it was announced that the couple had signed a deal with Netflix to produce and make documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming.
Meghan and Harry are the latest well-known famous figures to join Spotify in creating podcasts. Earlier this year, former First Lady Michelle Obama launched her podcast on the platform where she discussed a wealth of topics from love and relationships to women's health and menopause and invited guests including TV host Conan O'Brien and her husband Barack Obama.
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