Meghan and Harry latest – Couple sign MASSIVE Spotify deal for exclusive podcasts months after megabucks Netflix coup

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have signed a deal with Spotify to create exclusive podcasts.

The deal is a massive achievement for the audio streaming service and was announced today via a bizarre two minute recording in which the royal couple make a faux-awkward start to their recording career.

"Shall we start? Ladies first?", Prince Harry says before Meghan responds: "No, say it because I think it sounds really nice with your accent."

Introducing themselves simply as "Meghan" and "Harry" the pair then tease future recordings they'll be making during an upbeat recording that tries achingly hard to be informal and down-to-earth.

The multi-year partnership is with Archewell Audio, an "audio-first production company" created by the Sussexes as part of their charitable foundation Archewell.

The fees involved in the Spotify deal have not yet been revealed, althoughit comes just months after the couple announced a multi-million deal to create exclusive content for video streaming service Netflix.

Follow our Meghan and Harry live blog below for the very latest news on the couple and the Royal Family

  • Catriona Graffius

    PODCAST IS A MOMENT TO 'CELEBRATE KINDNESS AND COMPASSION', SAYS MEGHAN

    Meghan Markle has said the Sussexes new podcast is a "moment to celebrate kindness and compassion".

    Speaking in a three minute teaser for the newly launched Archewell Audio, Meghan said: "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 added: "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 understand of where someone else is coming from and at the same time remind you in someway of a story about yourself."

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    PRINCE HARRY ACKNOWLEDGES 'PAIN' SO MANY HAVE SUFFERED THIS YEAR

    Prince Harry has acknowledged the 'pain' so many people have suffered this year.

    Speaking in the teaser clip for his new podcast with Meghan, Harry said: "So many people have been through so much pain this year.

    "Experiencing loss, a huge amount of uncertainty but it feels worth acknowledging that 2020 has connected us in ways we never could have imagined through endless acts of compassion and kindness.

    "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.

    "So that's what we're up to."

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    PRINCE HARRY SPENDS LONGEST TIME AWAY FROM UK IN 265 DAY MILESTONE

    Prince Harry has now spent his longest time ever outside Britain in a milestone date as the Sussexes today announced the launching of their new podcast.

    The Duke of Sussex has reportedly spent 265 days away from the UK afterannouncing he was stepping back as a senior working royal in January, Newsweek reports.

    Although the exact date the Sussexes left the UK was never announced, the biography Finding Freedom suggests Harry flew to Canada on March 12.

    The Duke's longest stint away from Britain previously was during his year abroad in Australia and Africa, when he was away from September 23, 2003, to June 10, 2000 – or 262 days.

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    MEGHAN JOKES HARRY HAS 'A PODCAST VOICE' ON NEW 3 MINUTE TEASER

    Meghan Markle has joked that Prince Harry has "a podcast voice" as the pair launch Archewell Audio on Spotify.

    The three minute audio clip features the couple chatting away before explaining what they hope to share on the platform.

    Meghan Markle describes the couple's first 'Holiday Special', saying: "We are talking to some amazing people. They're going to share their memories which have helped shape the past year which we know has been a difficult one for everyone."

    And at the end of the clip, Harry signs off in a low voice: "And welcome to Archewell Audio."

    Meghan giggles at her husband and jokes: "Oh! he has a podcast voice!"

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    HARRY AND MEGHAN LAUNCH THREE MINUTE NEW PODCAST TEASER

    Harry and Meghan have released a three-minute teaser to launch their new Spotify podcast "Archewell Audio".

    Available to listen to now on the streaming platform, the teaser features a cheery Harry and Meghan as they explain what their new podcast will be about.

    On the clip, 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 Harry chimes that the podcast aims to "bring forward different perspectivesand voices that perhaps you haven't heard before and find our common ground".

    The pair hinted at their first podcast episode landing this month with a "holiday special".

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    SPOTIFY SAYS SUSSEXES POWER 'RESTS IN THEIR STATUS AS CITIZENS OF THE WORLD'

    The power of Meghan and Harry's voices "rests in their status as citizens of the world", a Spotify spokesperson has said after the pair launched a new podcast with the streaming giant.

    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 under-represented voices is a testament to their appreciation for the potential of audio storytelling."

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    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY LAUNCH SPOTIFY PODCAST TO SHARE 'STORIES OF HOPE AND COMPASSION'

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have today launched their own podcast for Spotify.

    The couple will begin their series with a holiday special that will be released later this month.

    In a statement, the Sussexes 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."

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    QUEEN DOWN TO LAST DOG AFTER DEATH OF BELOVED CORGI

    The Queen is down to her last dog after the death of her beloved dorgi Vulcan in early December.

    He passed away at Windsor Castle, leaving her with only one ageing pooch called Candy.

    The 94-year-old monarch was said to be “upset” at the loss. She decided to stop breeding dogs in 2018 as she did not want to leave any behind when she dies. 

    A palace source said: “Clearly the loss of a loved pet is upsetting.” 

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    MPS WEIGH IN ON CROWN DEBATE AFTER ACTOR PLAYING PRINCE CHARLES SLAMS CULTURE SECRETARY

    MPs have weighed in on The Crown debate over accuracy after the actor who plays Prince Charles in the series criticised Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.

    Actor Josh O'Connor branded Mr Dowden's calls for a fiction warning at the beginning of each episode of The Crown "outrageous" at a time when "the arts are struggling and they’re on their knees".

    But now MPs have hit back, saying the Culture Secretary "has every right to call for the series to carry a disclaimer".

    Former Education Secretary Damian Hinds led the comments, along with Julian Knight, chairman of the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

    Mr Hinds told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Mr O’Connor says Oliver Dowden’s intervention is outrageous, but what would be truly outrageous would be trying to stop our Culture Secretary holding the streaming giant to account."

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    FOOD AID WORKERS 'GAVE US HOPE IN DARK TIMES', SAYS MEGHAN

    Meghan Markle has said that all those who worked to provide food to people in need during the coronavirus pandemic showed "there is hope [in] the darkest times".

    Speaking for the CNN Heroes campaign, she said: "In a year that has been universally challenging for everyone, I'm inspired by the stories of compassion in our communities.

    "Back in March, the Covid-19 crisis hit hard, and overnight, everything seemed to change. Far too many we're faced with a heartbreaking question: how am I going to put food on the table for my family?

    "[But] we saw entire communities coming together to say they would not stand by while out neighbours went hungry.

    "Tonight we are celebrating these quiet heroes. These individuals… showed us that, even in the darkest times, when we come together we have the power to remind someone else that there is hope."

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    MEGHAN MARKLE & PRINCE HARRY 'WILL BE SEEN MORE IN 2021'

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry "will be seen more in 2021" but will shun the traditional role as "working royals", an insider has claimed.

    Speaking to Vanity Fair, sources close to the couple said Meghan and Harry are "optimistic and excited" for the future after a "rollercoaster" year.

    Discussing what 2021 has in store for the couple, the insider claimed: "We will see more of them and in a different way to how we saw them as working royals.

    "It will be more in line with who they are and the way they want to operate from now on."

    What's more, a friend of the couple's said they had achieved more than they ever thought possible this year – having moved into their £11m "forever" home in California and signing a Netflix deal reportedly worth £112m.

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    QUEEN WATCHES FLASH GORDON EVERY CHRISTMAS

    From Love Actually to Elf, we've all got our favourite Christmas movies that we reserve for the special day – and it turns out, The Queen is no different.

    According to legendary actor Brian Blessed, Her Majesty is a huge fan of the movie Flash Gordon – which he starred in in 1980.

    Speaking to Yahoo Movies earlier this year, the actor, 84, claimed Her Majesty rewatches the sci-fi film every year at Christmas.

    He said: "[Flash Gordon]is her favourite film, she watches it with her grandchildren every Christmas."

    Impersonating The Queen, the actor joked: "You know, we watch Flash Gordon all the time, me and the grandchildren.

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    HEARTBROKEN FAMILY OF DODI FAYED CAN'T MOVE ON AFTER HIS DEATH IN PRINCESS DIANA CRASH

    Dodi Fayed's sister has spoken about the fateful night her brother died in the car crash with Princess Diana, saying it changed their family forever. 

    Speaking to The Times magazine, Camilla Fayed, who was 12 when the tragic event took place in Paris on August 31, 1997, said it is impossible to move on. 

    Camilla, now 35, said: “Such a cataclysmic event – how could it not change our family? For my dad, like any parent losing a child, it was horrific and, as it is for any family that experiences loss, it was heartbreaking. 

    “But on top of all that, we were never allowed to grieve in private. That was the main thing. You couldn’t compare notes with anyone else who’d had the experience because it was never on that scale. 

    “It was part of history, something that was attached to my family, still to this day. It’s not an easy thing to forget. No one will ever forget.”

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    PIPPA MIDDLETON PREGNANT WITH SECOND CHILD

    Pippa Middleton is pregnant with baby number two, according to US reports.

    Kate Middleton's little sister, who is already mum to two-year-old Arthur, is said to be "thrilled" with the news.

    Pippa's new arrival with husband James Matthews will be another cousin for Kate and William's three children, Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five and Prince Louis, two.

    A source close to the family told Page Six: “Pippa and James are thrilled. It’s fantastic news amid a difficult year."

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    PIERS MORGAN SLAMS MEGHAN OVER £21 VEGAN CHAI LATTE OPRAH ENDORSEMENT

    Piers Morgan has called Meghan Markle's investment in a £21 vegan chai latte a "load of old twaddle".

    The 55-year-old struggled to hold back as he gave his outspoken view of the Duchess of Sussex's latest career move.

    Meghan sent close pal Oprah a hamper after putting money into start-up brandClevr Blends, which makes 'superlattes' in powder form.

    But the GMB host said: "This is how celebrity works. She decides to invest in this vegan latte business because she likes it. She sends a load to her friend Oprah, who is fantastic, and she then drinks it on her show – massively increasing the value of the latte.

    "Good luck to them right. Meghan has made millions by sending that parcel to Oprah after she just invested in the company and Meghan makes a lot of money."

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    QUEEN 'CHECKS IN' WITH NEW ZEALAND PM IN TOUCHING CHRISTMAS PHONE CALL

    The Queen has "checked in" with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in a touching Christmas phone call.

    The New Zealand PM shared a heart-warming Instagram post, thanking the Queen for her "lovely" phone call.

    She wrote: "It was such a busy week last week that I didn’t get a chance to pass on a very special message!

    "Her Majesty the Queen was kind enough to check in to see how New Zealander have been doing as we finish off the year, and to wish everyone a wonderful break (she shared a few memories from her time here during the holiday season, it was really lovely.)"

    New Zealand is part of the Commonwealth of Nations.

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    PEOPLE CASH IN ON THE CROWN BY EERILY FLOGGING DIANA'S HAIR ON EBAY

    PEOPLE have been cashing in on the recent season of The Crown to flog memorabilia linked to Princess Diana – including selling some of her hair. 

    Searches for items connected to the late People’s Princess are said to have sky-rocketed on eBay in recent weeks. 

    This has followed season four of the Netflix hit series The Crown featuring Diana and her unhappy marriage to Prince Charles for the first time. 

    Since it debuted, eBay has reported a 73 per cent increase in searches for “Princess Diana”. 

    And it seems opportunist people are flogging anything remotely connected to the beloved icon, from clothing items she wore to an old piece of her wedding cake.

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    KATE AND WILLIAM PEN HEARTFELT 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS POEM FOR KEY WORKERS

    Kate Middleton and Prince William have left royal fans in tears by penning a heartwarming version of the famous 'Twas The Night Before Christmas poem. 

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s poem thanks key workers who have made sacrifices to keep us safe this year. 

    Taking to their KensingtonRoyal Instagram account, the royal couple posted a video entitled: “A Christmas Surprise."

    Kate and William only briefly appear in the festive video, and narrate their version of the poem over clips of key workers during the pandemic. 

    Changing the words of the popular poem by Clement Clarke Moore, their version starts by saying: “‘Twas two weeks before Christmas and all through the land, key workers kept working to help give us a hand."

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    EMMA CORRIN SHOCKED TO LEARN DIANA DID PERFORM PHANTOM SONG FOR CHARLES 

    Emma Corrin – who plays Princess Diana in The Crown’s Season 4 – was “shocked” to discover Diana really did perform a rendition of “All I Ask of You” from 80s musical Phantom of the Opera for Prince Charles. 

    In the latest series of the hit royal drama, Diana gives Charles a video tape of her performing the Broadway classic as a present for their wedding anniversary. 

    But Emma Corrin has now told Vanity Fair: "It’s exactly as it happened in the series – as in she hired the West End set, got a film crew in, and filmed it for Charles. Which is mental."

    And the Phantom of the Opera’s official Twitter account also confirmed the event, posting: “Princess Diana on one of her several visits to the Phantom. 'All I Ask of You' was always one of her favourite songs, with her once making a private video on the Phantom’s stage.”

    The Crown head researcher Annie Sulzberger has told The Telegraph, "We did not make this up. There were a number of [press] reports on this, enough to make us feel comfortable including it in the show. It’s a story that pre-existed the writing of the script."

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    MEGHAN MARKLE SHARED TIPS FOR HOSTING PERFECT CHRISTMAS IN OLD INTERVIEW – INCLUDING DITCHING FAMILY FOR FRIENDS

    Meghan Markle once revealed the benefits of having a non-traditional Christmas and spending the festive season with friends instead of family.

    In an unearthed interview with Grazia, from before Meghan became a royal, the Duchess suggested hosting a buffet with mates instead of the traditional Christmas dinner.

    The Duchess, 39, suggested "keeping it simple and crisp" with the table laid with white crockery and a white table cloth.

    "Holidays with your friends allows you to break the family traditions and avoid Aunt Julie's fruit cake!" Meghan explained.

    "Have each of your friends bring a dish or cook together in the kitchen."

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    BEST ROYAL WEDDING DRESSES FROM MEGHAN AND BEATRICE TO KATE AND DIANA

    Princess Beatrice stunned royal watchers this summer by hosting a secret wedding with close family as she tied the knot with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. 

    The 32-year-old princess looked sensational in a breathtaking gown that belongs to the Queen – and she’s not the only royal to have dazzled on their wedding days.

    From Kate Middleton to Princess Diana and Meghan Markle, we take a look at the top ten Royal bridal gowns.

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    MEGHAN MARKLE PARTIES WITH LIZZIE CUNDY IN NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN SNAP FROM 2016

    Meghan Markle is now one of the most recognised stars worldwide but just four years ago she was pictured “climbing the ladder” at a high society party. 

    The then-Suits actress partied with Lizzie Cundy and Phones4U WAG Claire Caudwell at Claire’s pad in Mayfair in a never-before-seen snap. 

    Meghan can be seen in a silk, one-shoulder dress, wearing her trademark brunette locks down. 

    At the party, Lizzie and Claire reportedly attempted to find the American actress a “famous British man” to date after the breakdown of her marriage to TV producer Trevor Engelson. 

    At the time, the actress was relatively unknown in the UK, apart from those who knew her as Rachel Zane in the Netflix legal drama.

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    ZARA TINDALL'S MARRIAGE TO MIKE 'STRONGER THAN EVER' AS COUPLE PREPARE FOR THIRD BABY, EXPERTS SAY

    Zara Tindall's marriage to rugby star Mike is "stronger than ever" as they await the birth of their third child, royal experts have claimed.

    Mike, 41, was greeted with cheers from rugby players as he announced his wife Zara, 39, was expecting a 'third Tindall' during the podcast he co-hosts, The Good, The Bad & The Rugby on Wednesday last week.

    Now, insiders have told The Telegraph that the relaxed announcement was a reflection of the Tindall's "relatable" relationship.

    The royal experts said: "Whatever they do is pretty effortless – there’s no masterplan, like, let’s become a great advert for the Royal family. They are just themselves."

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    MEGHAN 'ANGERS PALACE' BY GETTING OPRAH TO FLOG COFFEE INVESTMENT, INSIDERS CLAIM

    Meghan Markle has reportedly "angered the Palace" by getting Oprah Winfrey to flog her coffee investment on Instagram, insiders have claimed.

    Palace insiders told The Mirror that there were "more than a few raised eyebrows" as it emerged that the Duchess of Sussex had invested in the oat-milk latte start-up Clevr Blends.

    When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit the Royal Family in January, the couple announced their plans to become "financially independent" while still "continuing to uphold the values of Her Majesty."

    The Duchess has reportedly started "building a portfolio of startup investments" – and sent her A-list pal Oprah Winfrey a package of coffee samples to try earlier this week.

    The TV host, 66, took to Instagram to thank a mystery neighbour named as “M” for gifting her a basket full of latte mixes today.

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    PRINCE ANDREW 'DELAYED FAMILY HOLIDAY TO PARTY WITH JEFFREY EPSTEIN ON PAEDOPHILE'S ISLAND WHILE SEX ACCUSER WAS THERE'

    Prince Andrew delayed a family holiday to party with Jeffrey Epstein on the paedophile's island while his sex accuser was there, it has been claimed.

    Fresh reports claim the Duke of York pushed back a trip to the Bahamas with daughters Beatrice and Eugenie – then aged 12 and 11 – in the week following Easter Sunday 2001.

    Instead, it's claimed, he followed Epstein to Little St James, the tycoon's private island 1,000 miles to the south-east.

    Accompanied by his senior police Personal Protection Officer (PPO), he enjoyed a weekend of partying – while accuser Miss Roberts was also there, the Daily Mail reports.

    Prince Andrew has vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

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