Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are shutting down the year with all kinds of new developments. Yesterday we learned that Meghan’s invested in Clevr Blends and got an assist from Oprah to promote it. Today it was announced that House Sussex has partnered with Spotify to produce podcasts – not unlike the Obamas. Archewell Audio will produce programming for Spotify over a number of years. As we know, the Sussexes already have a deal with Netflix and similar to what they have planned for Netflix, their Spotify programming will “spotlight diverse perspectives and voices”.
“A holiday special hosted by The Duke and Duchess will air later this month, produced in partnership with Spotify’s Gimlet studio. It will feature “stories of hope and compassion from inspirational guests in celebration of the new year”.
“Later this month” is soon. Like… next week? Harry and Meghan are kicking off their series by hosting their own show. Something to listen to then when you go on a hike to work off whatever it is you’ll be shoving in your face during the holidays. Or cleaning your house. Or lying around doing jack sh-t. Am also curious about how well it’ll be edited, produced. This, after all, is their first production. This is their job now: they are content creators, and they’re creating content among professional content creators. Their work will be assessed in that cohort.
In a statement released with the announcement, Harry and Meghan said that:
“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.”
Meghan’s voice, as a former actor, is proven – she’s a great narrator. I wonder whether or not Harry’s been training, practising.
You can have your first taste of Harry and Meghanâ€™s #ArchewellAudio right now over at @Spotify before the first full episode drops in the coming weeks: https://t.co/AbCiFTT2N5 pic.twitter.com/OB3Dimop2z— Omid Scobie (@scobie) December 15, 2020