Harry and Meghan will produce and host podcasts for Spotify, the audio streaming service has announced.
The multi-year partnership is with Archewell Audio, an “audio first production company” created by the Sussexes as part of their Archewell charitable foundation.
It’s unclear how much the signed deal is worth, but in a relaxed and playful audio teaser for the new partnership, the couple talk about their desire to produce programming that showcases diverse perspectives and voices.
Harry we say: “Are we going to start?” Ladies First? “Before Meghan answers, “No, say it because I think it sounds really good with your accent.” ”
She continues, “One of the things my husband and I have always talked about is our passion for meeting people and hearing their stories.
“And whatever the story, they usually give you an understanding of where someone else is coming from and at the same time somehow remind you of a story about yourself. ”
Sharing their excitement ahead of the launch, the couple said in a joint statement, “What we love about podcasting is that it reminds us all to take a moment and really listen, to connect with each other. others without distraction.
“With the challenges of 2020, there has never been a more important time to do it, because when we get along and hear each other’s stories, we remember how interconnected we are all.”
Later this month, a Christmas show will be released with a full series expected next year.
Speaking of the “Holiday Special” Harry said they “can’t wait to share it”.
Meghan said of the upcoming show: “We’re talking to amazing people, they’re going to share their memories that have really helped shape this past year which has been, as we know, tough for everyone. ”
Harry continued: ‘So many people have gone through so much suffering this year, loss, a huge amount of uncertainty, but it’s worth acknowledging that 2020 has connected us in ways we never could have imagined. , through endless acts of compassion and kindness. . ”
Dawn Ostroff, Head of Content and Advertising, Spotify, said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex may live in California, but the power of their voice is in their status as citizens of the world.
“The fact that they embrace the extraordinary ability of podcasts on Spotify while 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 to hear directly from them and the other creators they will bring up through our global platform. ”
This year Harry and Meghan have appeared on a number of different podcasts as guests, including the Teenage Therapy podcast to mark World Mental Health Day, where Meghan described how “in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the world – male or female ”.
The Spotify deal joins a growing list of partnerships the Sussexes signed this year after announcing they wanted to step away from royal life and become financially independent, the most important being a content production deal for Netflix.