Harry and Meghan joined by famous faces for new podcast…

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle today released their first Spotify podcast, which ends with their son Archie giggling as he wishes listeners a ‘Happy New Year’ before his parents declare: ‘Love always wins’.

The Sussexes also called on famous friends including Sir Elton John, Tyler Perry, Brené Brown, Deepak Chopra, Stacey Abrams and James Corden to reflect on 2020 in the Archewell Audio debut show.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first podcast as part of the £30million ($40million) deal with the streaming giant is a ‘holiday special’ that ends with their 19-month-old son Archie giggling at the end as he wishes people a ‘fun’ 2021.   

The couple, who have filed a lawsuit in the US to fight to protect their son’s privacy, have decided to include Archie in the 33-minute podcast, which reveals he has an American accent. His cameo is followed by the gospel song This Little Light of Mine, which was played at the end of their wedding in May 2018.

Meghan also quotes her idol Martin Luther King as she tells listeners that: ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that’. And in an apparent nod to the stormy 2020 the couple have had after quitting as frontline royals and moving to LA via Vancouver, the Duchess says: ‘I’ll say no matter what life throws at you guys, trust us when we say, love wins.’  

The Sussexes called on many of their most friends to appear on their first Archewell Audio podcast, which they promise will ‘uplift and entertain audiences around the world’. Meghan said they asked people who ‘inspire us’ to appear on the podcast and give ‘their thoughts on what they learned from 2020’. 

Sir Elton was a friend of Harry’s mother Diana, Princess of Wales and has regularly supported her son over the years, while James Corden was a guest at Harry and Meghan’s wedding and was asked by the duke to perform at the couple’s evening celebration. Other guests include Democrat activist Stacey Abrams, tennis star Naomi Osaka, American filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry, wellness icon Deepak Chopra and teenage activist Christina Adane from London, who campaigns on food issues.

Experts have called the couple’s Spotify tie-up as another big step towards building what experts believe could become a $1billion business empire in the US after a super-deal with Netflix to make documentaries about their pet projects.

Meghan and Harry have released their first Spotify podcast where the Duchess quotes Martin Luther King and welcomed famous freiesns

Meghan and Harry have released their first Spotify podcast where the Duchess quotes Martin Luther King and welcomed famous freiesns

Meghan and Harry have released their first Spotify podcast where the Duchess quotes Martin Luther King and welcomed famous freiesns

The couple’s newly formed Archewell Audio promises to produce programming that ‘uplifts and entertains audiences around the world’ and features ‘diverse perspectives and voices’

The stars joining Meghan and Harry on their new podcast 

James Corden

Stacey Abrams

Christina Adane

José Andrés

Brené Brown

Rachel Cargle

Deepak Chopra

Matt Haig

Sir Elton John

Hussain Manawer

Naomi Osaka

Tyler Perry

George the Poet

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Harry and Meghan 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. 

The couple have signed a lucrative deal with Spotify to host and produce podcasts, estimated to be worth up to £30million.

The working partnership comes a few months after the couple signed a Netflix deal, to produce a range of programmes and series, rumoured to be worth more than £100 million.

Harry  told listeners: ‘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’.

While 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 duke continued: ‘And in too many instances people weren’t able to be at a loved one’s side or say goodbye as they would have wished’, and his wife said: ‘We also want to thank healthcare workers, frontline service workers, and so many others for their sacrifices.’

Harry said in the podcast: ‘As we come to the end of this year and look to the future… let’s hold onto the lessons we’ve learned about how important it is to take care of one another, and how meaningful our connections are… even when they’re physically impossible.’  

The podcast ends with the couple broadcasting the gospel song This Little Light of Mine which was played at the end of their wedding.

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

She added: ‘This Little Light of Mine played at the very end of our wedding… while we were walking down the steps of the church.’

Quoting Martin Luther King she went on to say: ‘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…’

Harry added: ‘The message of this song is one we hold so dearly. It’s about using the power we each have within us to make this world a better place.’ 

The Sussexes are following in the footsteps of the Obamas (pictured on December 1), with Michelle hosting her own Spotify podcast series

The Sussexes are following in the footsteps of the Obamas (pictured on December 1), with Michelle hosting her own Spotify podcast series

The Sussexes are following in the footsteps of the Obamas (pictured on December 1), with Michelle hosting her own Spotify podcast series

‘Hi, I’m Harry – and I’m Meghan’: Sussexes launch Spotify ‘holiday special’ with laid-back language and tribute to ‘uncertainty and unthinkable loss’ in 2020

BEGINNING 

Harry – ‘Welcome to our 2020 holiday special from Archewell Audio. I’m Harry,.’

Meghan – ‘And I’m Meghan. Thank you for joining us.’

H – ‘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.’

M – ‘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.’

H – ‘And in too many instances, people weren’t able to be at a loved one’s side or say goodbye as they would have wished.’

M – ‘We also want to thank healthcare workers, frontline service workers and so many others for their sacrifices.’

H – ‘Thank you, guys.’

M – ‘Thank you.’

H – “As we come to the end of this year and look to the future, let’s hold onto the lessons we’ve learned about how important it is to take care of one another, and how meaningful our connections are, even when they’re physically impossible.’

M – ‘We thought what if we can bring together some people that inspire us, people we admire, and get their thoughts on what they learned from 2020. So we asked a few friends, and a lot of other folks… activists, poets…’

H – ‘Athletes, writers…’

M – ‘… teachers, artists, people from all walks of life.’

[Each guest introduces themselves]

H – ‘We asked them to record audio diaries and send them back to us. We were curious to hear what they’d reflect on when they had a moment to themselves without navigating the sometimes awkward dance of a video chat. Meaning no one having to say ‘You’re on mute’ over and over again, which is probably one of the defining phrases of 2020.’

M – ‘[Laughs] It’s so true. We wanted to know what they’ll remember about this year, how they’d explain it to future generations, what they learned about themselves and what gives them hope. Their responses have given us a lot to think about. And it all came back to one thing – to the power of connection.’

H – ‘We’ll try not to interrupt too often, but we’ll jump in here and there to make some intros. So sit back, grab a cosy beverage if you can. We hope this brings a little warmth, a smile and something to think about.’

CONCLUSION 

M – ‘And from us, I will say, no matter what life throws at you guys, trust us when we say, love wins.’

H – ‘Love always wins.’

M – ‘So true. Thank you to all of our guests, and with that we have something we want to share with you too.’

H – ‘Not a toast per say, but a song which is about a shining a light, and a song that means so much to us.’

M – ‘This Little Light of Mine, played at the very end of our wedding… while we were walking down the steps of the church. ‘

H – [hums the song]

M – ‘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.’

H – ‘The message of this song is one we hold so dearly. It’s about using the power we each have within us to make this world a better place.’

[This Little Light of Mine is played]

H – ‘Happy New Year, everyone.’

M – ‘Happy New Year.’

H – ‘Stay safe out there.’

M – ‘Thanks for listening.’

[This Little Light of Mine continues]

H – ‘You can speak into it.’

M – ‘Archie, is it fun?’

Archie – ‘Fun.’

M – ‘Fun.’

H – ‘After me, ready? Happy.’

A – ‘Happy.’

M – ‘New.’

H – ‘New.’

A – ‘New Year.’

H – [Laughing]

M – ‘Yay.’

A – [Laughing]

 

 

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry signed a lucrative podcast deal with Spotify worth up to £30million two weeks ago as they took another big step towards building what experts believe could become a $1billion business empire in the US. 

The couple will produce and host their own shows as part of the newly formed Archewell Audio – starting with a ‘holiday special’ that the couple hopes will ‘uplift audiences around the world’. 

Spotify has not revealed what the contract is worth, but the streaming service agreed a £75m ($100m) deal with US comedian Joe Rogan in May. The Mirror reported the Sussexes would be paid £30million – other sources put it closer to £20million.  

The Sussexes’ agreement comes just months after the royals agreed a £100million partnership with Netflix and days after Meghan invested in a $28-per-pack oat-milk ‘superlatte’ business later promoted for free by her LA neighbour Oprah Winfrey. 

A ‘well placed’ royal source told the Mirror: ‘The initial multi year deal is worth in excess of £30 million with a view to extending the deal within six months.

‘Meghan was the driving force behind the deal. She was incredible in the meetings with executives and had a clear vision of what they as a couple have to offer. Spotify’s whole business plan is to acquire the world’s most talked about celebrities in one place and Harry and Meghan fit the bill entirely. It’s a win win scenario.’ 

Earlier this year, Michelle Obama launched The Michelle Obama Podcast for an undisclosed fee with Spotify and had her husband Barack on as one of her first guests. 

A trailer clip of Archewell Audio was released yesterday, accompanied by a short description which reads: ‘Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, present Archewell Audio. Coming soon to Spotify.’ 

The slickly-produced and heavily-scripted Spotify trailer featuring the Sussexes opens with Harry saying to his wife: ‘Ladies first’ before his Meghan says: ‘No you say it first because I think it sounds really nice with your accent’.

The Duke of Sussex then says: ‘Archewell Audio’ and they say together: ‘Let’s do it’.    

Prince Harry then says: ‘Hi guys, I’m Harry’ before Meghan says: ‘And I’m Meghan’, with both choosing not to use their titles.

Meghan then says: ‘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. And in some way, remind you of a story about yourself’.

Harry continues: ‘And that is what this story is all about. To bring forward different perspectives and voices that perhaps you haven’t heard before. And find our common ground. Because when that happens change really is possible’.

The Duchess of Sussex says that the podcasts will be about ‘finding kindness and compassion, something we saw in some many places this year’.

She adds: ‘It will underlie everything you here on Archewell Audio – so that’s what we’re up to’.

Their first show will be a ‘holiday special’ this month will ‘feature stories of hope and compassion from inspirational guests in celebration of the new year.’

Harry and Meghan both mimic church bells before saying: ‘We can’t wait to share it with you and will be out later this month’.

Meghan says: ‘We’re talking to some amazing people who will share their memories that have helped shaped this year. As we know this has been a difficult one for everyone’.

Touching on the pandemic Harry says: ‘So many people have suffered so much pain this year, experiencing loss and a huge amount of uncertainty but it feels worth mentioning that 2020 has connected us in ways we could never have imagined. Through endless acts of compassion and kindness’.

Plugging the podcast Harry says: ‘So here’s what you need to do, tap follow right now. Go ahead, go on. Tap, follow and that way you won’t miss out and you’ll be able to hear new shows on Archewell Audio as soon as they drop’.

Finishing the trailer Meghan says: ‘We’re so excited. So follow and listen for free only on Spotify. We’ll meet you back here soon’.

Harry signs off with an American-sounding ‘happy holidays’ while Meghan ends with a British ‘cheers’.

The couple said in a statement today: ‘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 Sussexes stopped royal duties in January this year, and have been criticised for using their newly independent status to sign multi-million pound deals while retaining their official titles. 

The Sussexes’ agreed a £100million partnership with Netflix. 

This was followed by the revelation earlier this week that Meghan had invested in a new range of oat milk vegan ‘superlattes’, which sell for £21 ($28) per pack.    

Harry, 36, and former Suits actress Meghan, 39, are also set to earn as much as £770,000 ($1m) for delivering online talks – on condition of an upfront fee and the ability to pick any moderators. 

The Duke spoke at a J P Morgan event in Miami earlier this year where he received a reported six-figure sum.

Royal biography Angela Levin has branded Harry ‘disloyal’ for taking money from Netflix when it was ‘ridiculing’ his family in popular series The Crown.

Today, the author Penny Junor warned that the couple would find it ‘very difficult’ to combine being a member of the royal family with pursuing commercial activity, because ‘there are bear traps everywhere’. 

‘Inevitably, because of who they are, there will always be a market for them,’ she said. ‘It’s not even because they’re Harry and Megan, it’s because they are HRHs.

‘That adds a huge number of noughts to the end of any deal that they do. That’s not their fault. It just highlights how difficult it is to square up being a member of the royal family but earning a living outside it.’ 

Harry and Meghan no longer use their HRH styles, but they are still members of the royal family despite stepping back from official duties and retain the titles.  

Dawn Ostroff, Spotify’s chief content and advertising business officer, said: ‘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.’

Meghan and Harry released a trailer of their new podcast a fortnight ago. Some called it toe-curling, others referred to the script as a 'woke word soup'

Meghan and Harry released a trailer of their new podcast a fortnight ago. Some called it toe-curling, others referred to the script as a 'woke word soup'

Meghan and Harry released a trailer of their new podcast a fortnight ago. Some called it toe-curling, others referred to the script as a ‘woke word soup’

Meghan (pictured) appearing on CNN on Monday to thank the 'quiet heroes' of the pandemic as it emerged that she had invested in an oat 'superlatte' company

Meghan (pictured) appearing on CNN on Monday to thank the 'quiet heroes' of the pandemic as it emerged that she had invested in an oat 'superlatte' company

Meghan's 'neighbour' Oprah promoted the brand on her Instagram page - a favour that experts believe is worth millions of dollars in free publicity

Meghan's 'neighbour' Oprah promoted the brand on her Instagram page - a favour that experts believe is worth millions of dollars in free publicity

Meghan (pictured left) appearing on CNN on Monday to thank the ‘quiet heroes’ of the pandemic as it emerged that she had invested in an oat ‘superlatte’ company. Meghan’s ‘neighbour’ Oprah (pictured right) promoted the brand on her Instagram page – a favour that experts believe is worth millions of dollars in free publicity

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been embraced by the celebrity circuit after ditching royal duties in March and signed a multi-million-pound deal with Netflix to produce content that provides ‘hope and inspiration’. 

One of their latest ventures was a new brand of vegan coffees, which Oprah Winfrey today promoted on her 19.2million Instagram followers in a huge favour to her friend. 

Ms Markle’s coffee investment is the first since she and Harry emigrated to pursue a private life and seek ‘financial independence’ from the royal family in California – but is still likely to ‘raise eyebrows’ at the palace, experts claim. 

The big name celebrities who already have high-profile podcasts on Spotify 

Harry and Meghan are the latest high profile name to take up podcasting on streaming service Spotify.

The Swedish media service is already home to the podcasts of big names, including Michelle Obama.

The Swedish media service is already home to the podcasts of big names, including Michelle Obama

The Swedish media service is already home to the podcasts of big names, including Michelle Obama

The Swedish media service is already home to the podcasts of big names, including Michelle Obama

The former First Lady of America hosts The Michelle Obama Podcast on the platform after her production studio Higher Ground signed a major deal with Spotify last year.

It features Mrs Obama diving deep into conversations with loved ones — family, friends, and colleagues.

Grounded with Louis Theroux is also extremely popular on the streaming service.

The BBC podcast on Spotify involves the documentary maker sitting down for a talk with big names, such as actress Helena Bonham Carter.

Grounded with Louis Theroux is also extremely popular on Spotify

Grounded with Louis Theroux is also extremely popular on Spotify

Grounded with Louis Theroux is also extremely popular on Spotify

US talk show host Oprah Winfrey, who lives near the Sussexes, has also launched the popular Oprah’s Supersoul Conversations, while Stricly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman also has a podcast on Spotify, in which she discusses topics around family issues with clinical psychologist Professor Tanya Byron.

Other celebrity podcasts on the streaming service include Happy Place by Fearne Cotton and Castaway by Love Island host Laura Whitmore. 

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The record for an advertising Instagram post was $500,000, paid to Kim Kardashian in 2015, but Mr Borkowski said Oprah’s social media video was ‘a million buck post in free publicity’ at least.

Oprah, America’s biggest TV star worth $2.6bn, described the beverage on Instagram as her ‘new drink of choice’. While its maker, Californian start-up Clevr Blends, claims it brings all kinds of health benefits, is ethical, environmentally friendly and a brand that is ‘dedicated to giving a s**t’. 

Its packaging claims it boosts immunity, brain health and digestion while reducing stress and improving focus. 

Meghan today made her first public appearance since revealing three weeks ago that she suffered a miscarriage in July.

In a video message for US news channel CNN from the gardens of her mansion, she saluted the ‘quiet heroes’ of the coronavirus pandemic, praising key workers and those who volunteer at food banks. Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, have helped several charities to distribute food in Los Angeles.

Forbes said the duchess intends to invest in more women-led firms as she ‘has made gender equality one of her core causes’. 

Clevr Blends has a British CEO, Hannah Mendoza, who co-founded the firm with Roger Coppola, the only man on the team. 

In a statement, Meghan, who did not reveal the size of her stake, said it was to support ‘a passionate female entrepreneur who prioritises building community alongside her business’.

She added: ‘I’m proud to invest in Hannah’s commitment to sourcing ethical ingredients and creating a product that I personally love and has a holistic approach to wellness.’ 

The recent deals will help the Sussexes in their pledge to become ‘financially independent’ from the royal family – following their decision to step back from frontline royal duties in January this year.

The couple have since bought a sprawling nine-bedroom and 16-bathroom mansion in upscale Santa Barbara, known as ‘The Chateau’ for $14.65million, making them neighbours with celebrities including Oprah Winfrey. 

The pair are thought to have purchased the sprawling property, which sits on 5.4 acres of land, from a Russian businessman with a $9.5million mortgage after the price was knocked down by more than $10million.

At typical interest rates provided by Bank of America, the couple would have to pay $40,000 a month or $480,000 a year in order to repay the mortgage over 30 years.

Annual property tax is estimated at $68,000 and the costs of security and utilities for the huge mansion will also come with hefty bills.

According to cost-of-living database Numbeo, utility bills for a 900 sq ft home in Santa Barbara County are typically around $200 per month.

Harry and Meghan’s mansion is more than 10 times larger, suggesting a possible bill of at least $2,000 per month or $24,000 per year.

Alongside agreeing to pay back £2.4million for tax-payer funded renovations to Frogmore Cottage, where the pair lived before moving to America, the couple earlier this year agreed to pay for the cost of their security personally.

The security bill could cost them £4million a year. They also face staff costs. Christopher Baker, who runs a firm that supplies domestic staff in California, told the Hollywood Reporter in 2015 that a staff for A-list celebrities can cost $200,000 to $300,000 per year, or even more.  

Spotify: The Swedish streaming service that took the music world by storm in just 14 years

Founded as a small start-up firm just 14 years ago, Spotify has quickly risen to take the music world by storm. From its humble beginnings, the music streaming service, which boasts a library of 60million songs, now has a staggering 320million monthly active users and is worth an estimated $23billion.

The meteoric rise began in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2006. The company was co-founded by Daniel Ek, the former boss of popular fashion-based browser game Stardoll, and Martin Lorentzon, co-founder of digital marketing firm Tradedoubler.

The small start-up was set up as a response to the growing piracy problem the music industry was facing. It launched two years later with a free registration service for users to stream music via the internet.

This model allowed users a freemium service – allowing users to listen for free with adverts – or a paid subscription service.

It set Spotify aside from the rival Apple’s iTunes store, from which users bought digital copies of songs or albums to build their own library which they could listen to whenever they liked.

By 2009, the company had reached the UK. Its popularity surged after the release of its mobile service.

The meteoric rise began in Stockholm, Sweden in 2006, when the company was co-founded by Daniel Ek, the former boss of popular fashion-based browser game Stardoll, and Martin Lorentzon, co-founder of digital marketing firm Tradedoubler

The meteoric rise began in Stockholm, Sweden in 2006, when the company was co-founded by Daniel Ek, the former boss of popular fashion-based browser game Stardoll, and Martin Lorentzon, co-founder of digital marketing firm Tradedoubler

The meteoric rise began in Stockholm, Sweden in 2006, when the company was co-founded by Daniel Ek, the former boss of popular fashion-based browser game Stardoll, and Martin Lorentzon, co-founder of digital marketing firm Tradedoubler

By March 2011, five years after it was founded and three years after its launch, Spotify had one million paying subscribers across Europe. Within six months, that number had doubled.

In the same year, Spotify launched in the US, again to great success. By 2012, the streaming service had 15million active users, four million being paying Spotify subscribers.

And subscription figures continued to grow and grow and grow, more than doubling by 2014. By 2016 it had 40million paying subscribers and 100million total users and as of October 2020, the platform has 320million monthly users, including 144 million paying subscribers. 

But despite its meteoric growth, the company, which has an annual revenue of £6billion, has historically struggled to produce profits.

It has also faced criticism from those in the music industry, including Taylor Swift, who have argued that the service does not compensate musicians fairly. The company distributes approximately 70 per cent of its total revenue to rights holders, mostly record labels, who then pay artists based on individual agreements.

In a bid to drive its profits into the green, the owners of Spotify, Spotify AB, was floated on the New York Stock Exchange as a publicly traded company in 2018.

The move came after the company made losses of nearly £870m over the previous three years.

Despite being floated publicly, Spotify did not issue new stock when being floated in 2018, instead selling shares that were held by its private investors. The aim of the scheme was to raise investment for its expansion plans.  

Last year the $23billion company posted an operating profit of $60million – only the third time in its history it had posted a profit. 

Despite past losses, the company has continued to make big money deals, and has lately pushed into increasingly in the area of podcasts.

It is not known how much the Spotify contract is worth, but the streaming service agreed a £75m ($100m) deal with US comedian Joe Rogan in May. 

Earlier this year, Michelle Obama launched The Michelle Obama Podcast for an undisclosed fee and had her husband on as one of her first guests.

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How Harry and Meghan have emulated Barack and Michelle Obama’s post-White House money-making deals 

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Harry and Meghan’s deal with Spotify is the latest they’ve undertaken that’s similar to Barack and Michelle Obama. 

Earlier this year, Michelle launched The Michelle Obama Podcast and had her husband on as one of her first guests.

Neither Michelle nor Spotify released details of the deal but it’s likely to rival that of Joe Rogan, Spotify’s most lucrative podcaster, who makes £74million ($100m) out of his multi-year deal. 

In announcing her podcast deal in July, Michelle said: ‘My hope is that this series can be a place to explore meaningful topics together and sort through so many of the questions we’re all trying to answer in our own lives. 

‘Perhaps most of all, I hope this podcast will help listeners open up new conversations—and hard conversations—with the people who matter most to them. That’s how we can build more understanding and empathy for one another.’ 

In announcing their podcast deal on Tuesday, Meghan and Harry 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. 

‘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.’  

Earlier this year, Michelle Obama launched The Michelle Obama Podcast and had her husband on as one of her first guests

Earlier this year, Michelle Obama launched The Michelle Obama Podcast and had her husband on as one of her first guests

Earlier this year, Michelle Obama launched The Michelle Obama Podcast and had her husband on as one of her first guests

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Harry and Meghan, much to the criticism of many, signed a deal to serve as producers. They’ll make documentaries and children’s series in their roles and may even appear on camera themselves. Again, no details of how much they are set to make from it have been made public.

They were widely criticized for the Netflix deal in particular, given Netflix’s portrayal of the royal family in The Crown. Among the reasons the pair claimed they quit royal life was to live more privately and without what they perceived to be press intrusion. Critics blasted them for taking money from Netflix for their producer deal when The Crown takes such a deep dive into Harry’s family’s life.

It’s similar to the Obamas’ Netflix deal that was announced in 2018. 

At the time, Michelle said in a statement: ‘Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others. 

‘Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.’ 

Harry and Meghan, much to the criticism of many, signed a deal to serve as Netflix producers

Harry and Meghan, much to the criticism of many, signed a deal to serve as Netflix producers

Harry and Meghan, much to the criticism of many, signed a deal to serve as Netflix producers

In announcing their Netflix deal, Harry and Meghan said: ‘Our lives, both independent of each other and as a couple, have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit, of courage, resilience and the need for connection. 

‘Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light on people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope. As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us, as is powerful storytelling through a truthful and relatable lens.’ 

One of Barack and Michelle’s documentaries – Factory – won an Oscar.    

PRIVATE SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

After Barack Obama left office, one of the ways he made money immediately was through private speaking engagements. 

In 2017, one speech to a private equity group paid him £300,000 ($400,000).

Harry and Meghan have also made money through speeches. Among their first was one at a JP Morgan conference in Miami in February. 

Again, no details of the deal have been made public.  

That is one revenue stream they don’t talk about. 

At the Miami event, Harry and Meghan were introduced by Meghan’s friend Gayle King, who is also friends with Oprah (who plugged Meghan’s new oat-milk latte brand). 

Page Six quoted an anonymous source at the time who said: ‘Harry spoke about mental health and how he has been in therapy for the past few years to try to overcome the trauma of losing his mother because he wants to protect his family.

‘He does not want Meghan and their son Archie to go through what he did as a child.’  

In February, Harry and Meghan were the keynote speakers at a JP Morgan summit at the 1 Hotel South Beach in Miami

In February, Harry and Meghan were the keynote speakers at a JP Morgan summit at the 1 Hotel South Beach in Miami

In February, Harry and Meghan were the keynote speakers at a JP Morgan summit at the 1 Hotel South Beach in Miami 

AND WHAT THEY’VE NOT DONE…

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Michelle has made millions from her autobiography, Becoming, where she talks at length about her life before Barack became president and what happened afterwards. 

Neither Harry nor Meghan has written a book about their public life. 

One has been written about them – Finding Freedom – but the pair have insisted that they did not contribute to it.  

Michelle has made millions from her autobiography, Becoming, where she talks at length about her life before Barack became president and what happened afterwards. Neither Harry nor Meghan has written a book about their public life. One has been written about them - Finding Freedom - but the pair have said on record that they did not contribute to it.

Michelle has made millions from her autobiography, Becoming, where she talks at length about her life before Barack became president and what happened afterwards. Neither Harry nor Meghan has written a book about their public life. One has been written about them - Finding Freedom - but the pair have said on record that they did not contribute to it.

Michelle has made millions from her autobiography, Becoming, where she talks at length about her life before Barack became president and what happened afterwards. Neither Harry nor Meghan has written a book about their public life. One has been written about them - Finding Freedom - but the pair have said on record that they did not contribute to it.

Michelle has made millions from her autobiography, Becoming, where she talks at length about her life before Barack became president and what happened afterwards. Neither Harry nor Meghan has written a book about their public life. One has been written about them - Finding Freedom - but the pair have said on record that they did not contribute to it.

Michelle has made millions from her autobiography, Becoming, where she talks at length about her life before Barack became president and what happened afterwards. Neither Harry nor Meghan has written a book about their public life. One has been written about them – Finding Freedom – but the pair have said on record that they did not contribute to it.

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Michelle was interviewed for Becoming, a documentary to accompany her book and her speaking tour, that became a Netflix documentary. 

Harry and Meghan have not appeared in any on-camera work. They were interviewed by ITV before they left royal life but that was in 2019.  

It pays to have good friends! Oprah Winfrey’s Instagram post promoting Duchess of Sussex’s coffee was ‘a million dollar post in free publicity’ 

Oprah Winfrey‘s decision to promote Meghan Markle‘s new range of vegan coffee to her 19.2million Instagram followers was worth at least $1million and is probably the most valuable piece of free publicity in history, experts told MailOnline today.

PR guru Mark Borkowski told MailOnline the $28-per-pack oat-milk ‘superlattes’ are the first ‘baby steps’ towards Meghan and Harry building a billion dollar brand for themselves in the US. 

Ms Markle’s coffee investment is the first since she and Harry emigrated to pursue a private life and seek ‘financial independence’ from the royal family in California – but is still likely to ‘raise eyebrows’ at the palace, experts claim.  

The record for an advertising Instagram post was $500,000, paid to Kim Kardashian in 2015, but Mr Borkowski said Oprah’s social media video was ‘a million buck post in free publicity’ at least.

He said: ‘Having Oprah Winfrey endorse your product is the golden ticket in global advertising for any company. Oprah is also very choosy about what she promotes and for a new company to launch a new product, reaching that many people, would cost millions of dollars – and the best thing for Meghan is that in this case many people who saw it won’t feel like they are being sold something at all. Having a friend like Oprah is something money can’t buy and it will lead to the product flying off the shelves’. 

Oprah, America’s biggest TV star worth $2.6bn, described the beverage on Instagram as her ‘new drink of choice’. While its maker, Californian start-up Clevr Blends, claims it brings all kinds of health benefits, is ethical, environmentally friendly and a brand that is ‘dedicated to giving a s**t’. Its packaging claims it boosts immunity, brain health and digestion while reducing stress and improving focus.  

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