Meghan Markle and Harry release trailer for Archewell Audio
The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex revealed that the are working on their first podcast with the streaming service, which is set to air later this month as a holiday special. But outraged social media users denounced the couple’s latest move with some calling for them to be stripped off their royal titles as they reached a new milestone.
One commenter tweeted: “Best reason yet to cancel my Spotify account! Low brow format aimed at pointless celebrities.”
Another user added: “I see their ‘escape from the limelight’ to ‘protect their family’ is going well. Really keeping their heads down.”
A third person said: “Drop the duchess. You left UK & Royal family to do your own thing.
“Lied about it but we all knew so since you want nothing to do with it why keep a title?
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“[Because] it pays more to be connected to the Royals vs on your own for decades in Hollywood & never got this much attention.”
Another user said: “Remember that time Meghan Markle was so upset with media involvement in her life that she signed a deal with Disney, Netflix, and Spotify all in the same year? Same.”
Some royal fans defended Harry and Meghan from their critics’ remarks and welcomed the “amazing” news.
One Twitter user wrote: “I came here to see all the comments from people who were complaining that Harry and Meghan were spending too much of their tax dollars, now complain about Meghan and Harry earning an income and therefore should be stripped of their titles.”
Another commenter added: “Amazing news. Looking forward to the engaging, informative, and heartwarming content that the Sussexes will put out through Archewell audio and Spotify.”
The multi-year deal, which was unveiled yesterday afternoon, will see the couple produce and host several podcasts.
In a joint statement published by Spotify, Harry and Meghan highlighted the importance of connecting to one another.
The couple 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.
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“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.”
Spotify Chief Content and Advertising Business Officer Dawn Ostroff praised the Sussexes’ efforts to “elevate underrepresented voices”.
He 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 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 hearing directly from them and the other creators that they will be elevating via our global platform.”
The couple unexpectedly announced earlier this year their plans to stepped down as senior royals in order to become financially independent.
Since they quit royal life at the beginning of the year, the couple have signed several major contracts, including a Netflix gig that is reportedly worth more than £100m.
On Monday the Duchess announced she had invested in a US start-up firm which specialises in instant oak milk lattes.
The investment in Clevr Blends marks her debut as a start-up investor.
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