Harry and Meghan’s son Archie speaks publicly for first time in couple’s new podcast

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie has spoken publicly for the first time – with a slight American accent – in the royal couple’s new podcast for Spotify.

The half-hour “Holiday Special” features celebrities, including singer Sir Elton John and TV host James Corden, and other guests reflecting on the past year and “sharing lessons, reflections and hopes for 2021”.

In a surprise twist at the end, the couple’s son Archie wished listeners a happy new year.

Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex attend The Endeavour Fund Awards in London earlier this year in March (Pic: Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Harry and Meghan have released their first podcast with streaming platform Spotify

“After me. Ready? Happy…” Harry said, coaching the 19-month-old toddler.

“Happy,” Archie repeated.

“New,” the duke and duchess said.

“New… Year,” the toddler replied, giggling.

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The episode includes “personal anecdotes and inspirational stories”, with guests chatting to Harry and Meghan about their own life experiences.

Among those who featured on the show were activists and campaigners who had been asked by the couple to record audio diaries looking back on the year.

The podcast venture follows a high-profile Netflix deal to become film and TV producers, after announcing they wanted to step away from royal life and become financially independent at the start of 2020.

Meghan will attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on Thursday
Archie and his parents in September 2019

In the audio show, they pay tribute to those who “have experienced uncertainty and unthinkable loss” during a difficult year, and thank healthcare workers for their sacrifices.

The couple – who have been married for two and a half years and now live in Montecito, California – also expound the value of love, telling their listeners “love wins”.

Harry said: “We’re glad you’re here. As we all know, it’s been a year. And we really want to honour the compassion and kindness that has helped so many people get through it.”

Meghan added: “And at the same time, to honour those who have experienced uncertainty and unthinkable loss. Our thoughts have been with you, especially during this holiday season.”

The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The couple tied the knot back in May 2018

In his audio diary for the podcast, Sir Elton John said: “We were in the middle of a tour and then COVID started and we came back to England in May, and it was very strange because we were going full pelt, and then all of a sudden we ground to a halt.

“I’m 73 years old, and I’m a semi diabetic, so I’m in a risky area there, I have an underlying condition as they say. I’ve seen my immediate family – Zachary, Elijah and David – all the time.

“But my relatives, who I love, haven’t been able to see much of them at all, and I’ve only stayed connected with him by phone, of course, and by Zoom.”

He attended his Alcoholics Anonymous meetings on Zoom, calling the technology a “lifesaver”.

Reflecting on 2020, he called it “the worst year I’ve ever known”, saying, “let’s just go onwards and upwards and have the best year in 2021.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27:  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England.  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Harry and Meghan also have a contract to produce content for Netflix

Late-night talk show host and actor James Corden said the pandemic taught him that he’s “very happy staying in” as the pandemic forced him to record from home.

“I could lose a day just staring at the corner of a rug,” he said.

Celebrity chef Jose Andres said he shed tears when he had to close his restaurants – but then decided to repurpose his staff to provide meals for those who need it most, like healthcare workers and the homeless.

The show ends on a romantic note, featuring This Little Light of Mine – the song which was played at the end of their wedding at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018.

Meghan said: “From us I’ll say no matter what life throws at you guys, trust us when we say, love wins.”

The podcast is Archewell Audio’s first offering in a multi-year partnership with the streaming service, as part of their charitable foundation Archewell.

The royal couple’s “audio-first production company” is expected to deliver a complete series next 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 entire world”.

And last month Meghan wrote in The New York Times about the experience of losing her second child, in a bid to break down the stigma around talking about miscarriage.

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