- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released the first trailer for their new podcast, Archewell Audio, in partnership with Spotify.
- In the audio teaser clip of the first episode — a holiday special that will air later this month — Meghan Markle both compliments and makes fun of her husband's accent.
- The duchess can be heard asking Prince Harry to introduce the name of the series as "it sounds really nice with your accent." Later, she laughs at his "podcast voice."
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released the trailer for the first episode of their new podcast, which will air on Spotify later this month.
Spotify announced a multi-year deal with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's production company, Archewell Audio, on December 15. While the majority of the series won't be available until 2021, the first episode — a holiday special — will premiere on an unspecified date in December.
The two-minute teaser for the episode on Spotify features an audio clip of the couple engaging in a witty exchange as they introduce the show for the first time. The duchess both complimented — and poked fun of — her husband's voice in the clip.
"Shall we … shall we start? No, ladies first," Harry can be heard saying at the beginning of the clip.
"No, say it, because I think it sounds really nice with your accent," Markle said, before the couple introduced the name of the show.
Later in the trailer, Harry said "Welcome to Archewell Audio," to which the duchess laughed and replied: "Now he has a podcast voice!"
The couple also explained the purpose of the podcast, with the duchess saying: "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 an understanding of where someone else is coming from."
Harry added that the project is about bringing "forward different perspectives and voices that perhaps you haven't heard before" in order to find "common ground" and provoke change.
Spotify announced news of its partnership with the couple on Tuesday, saying that the holiday special "will feature stories of hope and compassion from inspirational guests in celebration of the new year."
"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 Duke and Duchess of Sussex said in a joint statement obtained by Insider.
Harry and Markle's new production company, Archewell, is named for their charitable foundation of the same name. The Sussexes announced plans to launch the charity back in April, and confirmed that it was named after their son Archie Harrison.
"Before SussexRoyal, came the idea of 'Arche' — the Greek word meaning 'source of action.' We connected to this concept for the charitable organization we hoped to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son's name," the couple said in a statement.
"To do something of meaning, to do something that matters. Archewell is a name that combines an ancient word for strength and action, and another that evokes the deep resources we each must draw upon. We look forward to launching Archewell when the time is right," they added.
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