“No matter what life throws at you guys, trust us when we say, love wins,” Meghan tells listeners in the debut episode of Archewell Audio – the first offering from their new deal with the streaming service Spotify.
The series is named after their 19-month-old son, Archie, who makes a surprise cameo at the end of the show, reciting the words “Happy New Year” in answer to prompts from his parents.
“Boom!” Harry is heard saying, as Meghan adds “yay!”; both celebrating as the toddler finishes his sentence, in an unscripted moment that sees all three dissolve into giggles.
It was a highlight in a show that features a string of guest appearances from the couple’s friends and people they admire, including Elton John, James Corden and tennis star Naomi Osaka. Writer Matt Haig, youth activist Christina Adane and politician Stacey Abrams, the woman hailed as the unsung hero of the 2020 American election, also join the line-up.
Though Harry and Meghan’s opening podcast effort drew criticism from some (for a long time now, the couple have been subjected to unfair backlash and trolling), many listeners took to Twitter to welcome the episode – particularly Archie’s sweet cameo at the end.
Here’s just a taste of how people have been reacting, including those who pushed back at the haters.
In the deal signed with Spotify earlier this month, Prince Harry and Meghan agreed to produce and host a series of podcasts for an undisclosed sum.
In a trailer for the show, the duo promised “different perspectives” from “amazing people” in order to “find our common ground”.
As part of their move to step back from royal life at the beginning of this year, Meghan and Harry have also signed a multiyear deal with Netflix to create TV content that “informs but also gives hope”. According to Deadline, there are already several projects in development as part of the deal, including “an innovative nature docu-series” and “an animated series that celebrates inspiring women”.