Meghan & Harry latest – Sussex podcast beaten by sleep show on Spotify as Prince 'ditches' posh accent

PRINCE Harry and Meghan’s new £30million podcast series had a slumbering start — charting below a show designed to send listeners to sleep.

Their first Archewell Audio offering went in at a lowly 17th on the Spotify listings — three places behind Deep Sleep Sounds, featuring whale and sea noises.

Yesterday it managed to leapfrog its “rival” and go to No 7.

In the US — where Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, now live — it went into the charts at No 68 before rising to 26.

Meanwhile, Harry appears to have dropped his plummy accent to speak in "Estuary English" on the new £30m Spotify podcast, says behavioural expert Judi James.

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

  • Sarah Grealish

    HARRY AND MEGHAN RECRUIT FOR ARCHEWELL'S MILLION DOLLAR 'DREAM TEAM'

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have begun to recruit for their charitable foundation after the project was pushed aside for months during the pandemic.

    And the pair have already added to former royal aides to the million dollar "dream team."

    Beth Herlihy and Clara Loughran will be taking on roles while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex fork out hundreds of thousands of pounds to hiring the right people for their charity, according to the Daily Telegraph.

    The two women will be working on a freelance basis while taking on commissions for the foundation’s future missions.

    Ms Loughran was in charge of Harry's charitable work and royal engagements since 2015 while Ms Herlihy was a programme manager for Meghan and Harry since 2018.

  • Sarah Grealish

    JAMES CORDEN JUDGED 'DANCE OFF BETWEEN WILLIAM AND HARRY'

    James Corden judged "a dance-off between Prince William and Prince Harry" at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding.

    The Late Late Show host yesterday appeared on the couple's first podcast, but insiders say he has had fun with other members of the royal family.

    A source who attended the 2018 wedding has said the reception became "raucous", with members of the Royal Family getting involved in dance-offs.

    They told The Mirror: “Everyone was laughing because it’s something no one expected.

    "Meghan and her mum also joined in. Then everyone danced, which really kicked off the party."

  • Sarah Grealish

    HARRY AND MEGHAN 'POINTLESS IN SELF-EXILE'

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry’s existence is “pointless in self-exile” a royal biographer has claimed.

    Royal expert Hugo Vickers made the harsh comments following complaints from listeners that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s newly released Archewell podcast is “dull and preachy.”

    Vickers appears to be in agreement with the listeners, claiming that it “would have been great” to hear Harry support the NHS during the COVID crisis.

    Speaking to the Telegraph of the couple’s decision to “isolate” himself from his family by relocating to Santa Barbara, he said: “It's a pointless existence in self-exile.”

    Vickers went on to compare the Sussexes to Prince William and Kate Middleton who threw their support behind the NHS this summer.

    He continued: “During the NHS clapping, I thought how, after the Cambridges clapped, it would have been great to have heard from him.”

  • Becky Pemberton

    KIM KARDASHIAN LATEST CELEBTO PROMOTE MEGHAN'S COFFEE COMPANY

    Kim, 40, threw her social media might behind Clevr Blends, the latte firm the Duchess of Sussex has invested in and which chat show host Oprah Winfrey has also backed.

    The reality star put a picture online of a hamper containing packets of the coffee.

    A source close to Kim said: “A product mention from her, just before Christmas, is better than most marketing campaigns you could ever devise.

    “Throw in Meghan Markle and Oprah and you’ve got three of the most famous female names on the planet supporting this brand.”

  • Becky Pemberton

    MEGHAN WANTS TO 'FOLLOW IN PRINCE CHARLES' FOOTSTEPS AND WRITE A NOVEL' INSIDER CLAIMS

    She may have signed lucrative deals with Spotify and Netflix this year – but it now appears that Meghan Markle has her sights set on writing a book.

    Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, an insider claims the Duchess of Sussex wants to follow in Prince Charles and Sarah Ferguson's footsteps and give fiction writing a go.

    The publication reports that Meghan is securing legal protection which will allow her to publish books via her and Harry's non-profit organisation Archewell.

    An insider said: "Fiction is something she has always wanted to try her hand at, and she could be assured that anything she writes would sell well, regardless of its quality.

    "Fiction, be it children's books or adult, would be a powerful way of conveying the messages of their woke brand."

  • Becky Pemberton

    HARRY AND MEGHAN'S £30MILLION ARCHEWELL AUDIO PODCAST BEATEN BY SLEEP SHOW IN SPOTIFY CHARTS

    Harry and Meghan’s new £30million podcast series charted below a show designed to send listeners to sleep.

    Their first Archewell Audio offering went in at a lowly 17th on the Spotify listings — three places behind Deep Sleep Sounds, featuring whale and sea noises.

    Yesterday it managed to leapfrog its “rival” and go to No 7.

    In the US — where Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, now live — it went into the charts at No 68 before rising to 26.

    They said asking super-rich pals how they coped with lockdown showed just how “out of touch” they were with normal people.

  • Becky Pemberton

    PRINCE HARRY PLANS UK VISIT TO CLINCH EXTENSION TO 12-MONTH MEGXIT DEAL

    Harry and Meghan are brokering an extension to the 12-month Megxit deal – and the prince plans to return here in the New Year to seal it.

    They want a more permanent agreement to continue as non-working royals in California despite big-money deals with Netflix and Spotify

    They will make friendly video calls to senior royals next month before Harry heads here for face-to-face talks, possibly accompanied by Meghan. Their deal with Buckingham Palace expires on March 31.

    Talks are said to be “less confrontational” than at January’s Sandringham summit.

    But royal aides will pore over the Netflix and Spotify deals, reportedly worth £100million and £30million respectively, to ensure they meet “the values of Her Majesty”.

  • Becky Pemberton

    MEGHAN AND HARRY TO 'TACKLE ISSUES LIKE GENDER EQUALITY IN PODCASTS'

    Meghan and Harry have revealed the issues they will tackle in their podcasts after moving to seek copyright protection from their new entertainment empire.

    They’ve just signed a money-spinning deal with streaming giant Spotify and eight days ago filed documents with the US Patent and Trademark Office to protect Archewell Audio.

    The couple lodged documents to prevent others cashing in on the name.

    US copyright attorneys are already looking over papers from the couple asking for exclusive rights to their charity Archewell and Archewell Foundation.

    And official papers filed regarding Archewell Audio revealed it will provide: “Downloadable podcasts, audio programs, and audio books, all in the field of current and topical events, education, science, literature, racial justice, gender equity, environmental stewardship, youth empowerment, health, mental health, and commentary on topics of current and general interest.”

  • Becky Pemberton

    HARRY AND MEGHAN REUNITE WITH TWO AIDES WHO LOST THEIR JOBS DURING MEGXIT

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have re-hired former palace staffers Clara Loughran and Beth Herlihy to work for their non-profit organisation Archewell.

    Both women, aged in their 30s, lost their jobs when Harry and Meghan stepped back as senior members of the Royal Family.

    The Sussexes have also hired employees in the United States – including a head of communications, a press secretary and a chief of staff, the Daily Mail reports.

    Experts suggested their wage bill could be more than £1million this year.

  • Becky Pemberton

    MEGHAN AND HARRY'S EXISTENCE IS 'POINTLESS IN SELF-EXILE' CLAIMS BIOGRAPHER

    Royal expert Hugo Vickers made the harsh comments following complaints from listeners that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s newly released Archewell podcast is “dull and preachy.”

    Vickers appears to be in agreement with the listeners, claiming that it “would have been great” to hear Harry support the NHS during the COVID crisis.

    Speaking to the Telegraph of the couple’s decision to “isolate” himself from his family by relocating to Santa Barbara, he said: “It's a pointless existence in self-exile.”

    Vickers went on to compare the Sussexes to Prince William and Kate Middleton who threw their support behind the NHS this summer.

    He continued: “During the NHS clapping, I thought how, after the Cambridges clapped, it would have been great to have heard from him.”

  • Sarah Grealish

    ARCHIE'S ACCENT DIVIDES FANS

    The 18-month-old revealed his accent and giggled adorably as he made his podcast debut after his parents signed a rumoured £30m Spotify deal.

    Archie then repeats “Happy New Year” with the help of his parents – with the trio descending into peals of laughter.

    But fans are now fighting about whether the tot sounds British or American.

    One woman wrote on twitter: "My family is at war. Mom says Archie sounds British. Thats a Lie! Archie clearly has an American accent.

    Another wrote: "He has an American accent like his mother but a British giggle like his father."

  • Sarah Grealish

    XMAS IS OVER, BUT YOU CAN WATCH FESTIVE FILMS LIKE THE QUEEN

    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.”

    The sci-fi movie follows the adventures of quarterback Flash as he ventures into space to unite the planet Mongo and save Earth from destruction.

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

  • Sarah Grealish

    MEGXIT EXTENSION

    Harry and Meghan are brokering an extension to the 12-month Megxit deal – and the prince plans to return here in the New Year to seal it.

    They want a more permanent agreement to continue as non-working royals in California despite big-money deals with Netflix and Spotify.

    They will make friendly video calls to senior royals next month before Harry heads here for face-to-face talks, possibly accompanied by Meghan. Their deal with Buckingham Palace expires on March 31.

    Talks are said to be “less confrontational” than at January’s Sandringham summit.

    Harry and Meghan are said to be keen to hang on to their royal patronages, despite taking on more commercial commitments in the US.

  • Sarah Grealish

    HARRY AND MEGHAN REVEAL MEANING BEHIND WEDDING SONG

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have revealed the poignant reason behind playing the song This Little Light Of Mine at their wedding. 

    Speaking on their new Archewell podcast,the Duchess of Sussex, 39, said: "It was the music that we wanted playing when we started our lives together.”

    Meghan said: “This Little Light of Mine played at the very end of our wedding…while we were walking down the steps of the church.

    "It was the music that we wanted playing when we started our lives together. Because as we all know, 'darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that…"

    Wrapping up their debut podcast episode, Meghan explained: "No matter what life throws at you guys, trust us when we say, love wins."  

  • Sarah Grealish

    JAMES CORDEN JUDGED 'DANCE OFF BETWEEN WILLIAM AND HARRY'

    James Corden judged "a dance-off between Prince William and Prince Harry" at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding.

    The Late Late Show host yesterday appeared on the couple's first podcast, but insiders say he has had fun with other members of the royal family.

    A source who attended the 2018 wedding has said the reception became "raucous", with members of the Royal Family getting involved in dance-offs.

    They told The Mirror: “Everyone was laughing because it’s something no one expected.

    "Meghan and her mum also joined in. Then everyone danced, which really kicked off the party."

  • Sarah Grealish

    MEGHAN AND HARRY WILL TACKLE GENDER ISSUES IN PODCAST

    Meghan and Harry have revealed the issues they will tackle in their podcasts after moving to seek copyright protection from their new entertainment empire.

    They’ve just signed a money-spinning deal with streaming giant Spotify and eight days ago filed documents with the US Patent and Trademark Office to protect Archewell Audio.

    The couple lodged documents to prevent others cashing in on the name.

    US copyright attorneys are already looking over papers from the couple asking for exclusive rights to their charity Archewell and Archewell Foundation.

    And official papers filed regarding Archewell Audio revealed it will provide: “Downloadable podcasts, audio programs, and audio books, all in the field of current and topical events, education, science, literature, racial justice, gender equity, environmental stewardship, youth empowerment, health, mental health, and commentary on topics of current and general interest.”

  • Catriona Graffius

    MEGHAN MARKLE TO FOLLOW IN PRINCE CHARLES' FOOTSTEPS AND TRY FICTION WRITING

    Meghan Markle appears to have her sights set on writing a book.

    Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, an insider claims the Duchess of Sussex wants to follow in Prince Charles and Sarah Ferguson's footsteps and give fiction writing a go.

    An insider told the paper: "Fiction is something she has always wanted to try her hand at, and she could be assured that anything she writes would sell well, regardless of its quality.

    "Fiction, be it children's books or adult, would be a powerful way of conveying the messages of their woke brand."

    In 1980, Prince Charles published the children's book The Old Man Of Lochnagar – a story which he reportedly came up with to entertain his younger brothers Andrew and Edward on their holidays to Balmoral – to raise money for The Prince's Trust charity.

  • Catriona Graffius

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY FEATURE ELTON JOHN AND JAMES CORDEN IN PODCAST DEBUT

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have featured Elton John, James Corden and other top stars in their first podcast episode after signing a £30m deal with Spotify.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released their holiday special podcast – the first in their Archewell Audio series – this afternoon.

    And the couple began their show by paying tribute to healthcare and frontline workers for their "sacrifices" and remembered those who have lived through "uncertainty and unthinkable loss" during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Baby Archie, the couple's one-year-old son, even had his podcast debut – heard laughing with his parents as he wished listeners a happy new year.

    Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, signed the lucrative deal with Spotify to host and produce podcasts, estimated to be worth £30 million.

  • Catriona Graffius

    MICHAEL SHEEN GAVE BACK OBE SO HE COULD TALK OF WELSH 'HUMILIATION'

    Actor Michael Sheen has revealed he handed back his OBE — so he could talk about Welsh “humiliation” without being a hypocrite.

    Newport-born Sheen was awarded the OBE in 2009 for his services to drama.

    But he said he returned it in 2017 after researching for a lecture the “tortured” historic relationship between Wales and England.

    Sheen — whose films include Frost/Nixon and The Damned United — said: “I remember thinking, ‘Well, I have a choice’ — either I don’t give this lecture and hold on to my OBE or I give this lecture and give the OBE back.”

    Interviewed on YouTube, he said the Queen was a “remarkable person who has “done exemplary service to the country” – but he called for a “break” in the tradition of making the monarch’s heir the Prince of Wales.

     

  • Catriona Graffius

    ACTIVIST WHO ONCE APPEARED WITH MEGHAN MARKLE IS JAILED FOR NEARLY SIX YEARS

    An activist who once appeared with campaigners alongside Meghan Markle and fought for the right for women to drive in Saudi Arabia has been jailed for nearly six years.

    Loujain al-Hathloul has already been caged inside a maximum security prison for more than two years.

    The 31 year old was among several activists detained in 2018 on "trumped-up terror charges" including making contact with organisations "hostile" to her homeland.

    In 2016, she attended a One Young World humanitarian summit in Canada with Meghan, Emma Watson, Cher and Justin Trudeau.

    In one picture Meghan was seen in a group of four posing by a lake with Loujain, the poet Fatima Bhutto and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson.

  • Sarah Grealish

    HARRY AND MEGHAN USE ARCHIE TO 'OUT-DO' THE CAMBRIDGES

    Royal fans have suggested Prince Harry and Meghan Markle used the inclusion of Archie in their podcast to "out-do" the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

    Listeners of the podcast who branded the inclusion of the 18-month-old as "a double standard" are suggesting he was used to get one up on Prince William and Kate.

    Kate this year made royal history earlier this year by becoming the first member of the monarchy to appear on a podcast.

    She appeared on the Happy Mum, Happy Baby broadcast, alongside Giovanna Fletcher speaking about motherhood.

    And in the first episode of their Archewell podcast, Harry and Meghan dared to go one step further by including their child.

  • Sarah Grealish

    HARRY AND MEGHAN 'MIRROR' WILL AND KATE

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex yesterday mirrored Prince William and Kate during their podcast launch.

    The couple's 18-month-old son Archie made his speaking debut in a surprise debut, wishing listeners a happy new year.

    But Archie's debut follows soon after his cousins across the pond did the same.

    The decision for Harry and Meghan to feature their son comes after William and Kate posted a video of their children speaking to David Attenborough earlier this year.

    Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five and Prince Louis, two, quizzed David Attenborough over his favourite animals in the sweet clip.

  • Sarah Grealish

    SUSSEXES ARE 'POINTLESS IN SELF-EXILE'

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are "pointless in self-exile," a royal biographer has claimed.

    Royal Royal expert Hugo Vickers has said the Duke of Sussex is "isolated from his family, the army, his friends, the Commonwealth" while living in LA.

    He told The Telegraph:  "It’s a pointless existence in self-exile."

    And comparing the couple to Prince William and Kate Middleton he added: "During the NHS clapping, I thought how, after the Cambridges clapped, it would have been great to have heard from him."

  • Sarah Grealish

    'DEEPFAKE' QUEEN SLAMMED WITH COMPLAINTS

    Channel 4 has been hit with hundreds of complaints after its 'deepfake' Queen poked fun at Megxit.

    The broadcast saw 214 objections fly into TV watchdog Ofcom after the broadcast saw Her Majesty dancing and joking about Megxit.

    Computer trickery meant that 48-year-old actress Debra Stephenson, who delivered it, looked just like the 94-year-old monarch.

    The character spoke about her son Andrew, who is embroiled in a scandal, and grandson Harry and his wife Meghan’s move to Canada and then LA.

    She said: "I was so saddened by the departure of Harry and Meghan. There are few things more hurtful than someone telling you they prefer the company of Canadians.

    One viewer tweeted Ofcom asking: "Can you please do something to stop this horrifically disrespectful, treasonous assault on the senses?"

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  • Sarah Grealish

    MEGAN AND HARRY COULD HAVE '£1BILLION US BUSINESS EMPIRE'

    Experts reckon Harry and Meghan's Spotify deal is another leap towards what could be a £1billion business empire in the US.

    It follows a rumoured £100million deal with Netflix to make documentaries.

    Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, signed the lucrative deal to host and produce podcasts for Archewell Audio.

    And the couple enlisted the help of A-lister friends including Elton John and James Corden for their first episode as they discussed what had kept them motivated during 2020.

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