International couple Meghan Markle and Prince Harry met when they were set up on a blind date while the American-born former actress was over in London in the summer of 2016. A lot has happened since then, with the couple marrying, having baby Archie Harrison, and later deciding to step down as working royals.
Now, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are turning their hands to podcasting, after signing an exclusive multi-year deal with Spotify to host and produce their Archewell Audio podcast. The trailer for the first episode - which will be a festive special - was released earlier this week, ahead of it dropping later this month. And the clip is pretty fascinating, as it reflects the Sussexes speaking in an intimate, informal way that many have never heard publicly before.
In fact, the trailer even gives us an insight into what US citizen Meghan thinks of her husband's British accent. The intro starts with Prince Harry saying, "So, shall we... start? Ladies first?" Meghan then replies, "No, say it! Because I think it sounds really nice with your accent."
Ooooh, she's a fan of the accent, ladies and gents. To be fair, Hugh Grant's reign of 90s and 00s rom coms pretty much sealed the deal for the male British accent, making it heart-meltingly desirable to a lot of people across the pond.
In the podcast clip, Prince Harry accommodatingly says "Archewell Audio" at the polite request of his wife, after which she pretty much swoons out loud. "I mean..." says Meghan, and you can almost hear the grin on her face when she says it.
Oh, these two.
The pair then go on to introduce themselves clearly as "Harry" and "Meghan" (no royal formalities on this podcast, thank you very much) before going on to describe the concept of their new show. Harry says they wand it to be something "to bring forward different voices and perspectives that perhaps you haven't heard before, and find our common ground.
"Because when that happens, change really is possible," he adds.
Put. The. Kettle. On.
A new holiday special from Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, is coming soon only on Spotify ☕️ ️https://t.co/ZlFRPzLe9R
— Spotify (@Spotify) December 15, 2020
The name of the podcast comes from the Duke and Duchess' newly formed production company, Archewell Audio, which goes hand in hand with their wider organisation, Archewell. Archewell was set up with the intention to focus on the advancement of mental health resources including a website, films, and books - as well as podcasts, obviously - and the website launched back in October.
In a statement about their new show, Harry and Meghan 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."
The Spotify deal is one of a few the Sussexes have signed since moving to California earlier this year. They have also agreed a lucrative speaking engagement contract with a New York–based agency, Harry Walker, which also represents the likes of the Obamas and the Clintons, and confirmed a deal with Netflix, too, for whom they'll be producing documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming.
We look forward to seeing and hearing more of Harry and Meghan's output, including (hopefully) more flirty accent chit chat on that podcast of theirs...
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