Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first 33-minute episode of their £30million podcast has ranked lowly in the charts after being released yesterday.
The show, a holiday special featuring Sir Elton John, charted in 17th place below a podcast designed to send people to sleep with whale noises, called Deep Sleep Sounds.
However the episode slowly climbed through the ranks reaching 7th place today in the UK Spotify podcast charts, and 26 in the US.
The Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, called on a number of their famous friends to appear during the first episode, which feature a range of prominent British and American artists, activists and musicians.
The Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, called on a number of their famous friends to appear during the first episode. Pictured during a visit to Reprezent FM, in Brixton, south London
These included Sir Elton John, Brené Brown, Deepak Chopra, Stacey Abrams and James Corden, who they invited to review 2020.
Discussions focused on mental health and mindfulness in the first episode before sweetly concluding with the gospel song This Little Light of Mine.
The royal couple promised their podcast will ‘uplift and entertain audiences around the world’ as they spoke with a range of people who ‘inspire us’.
PR guru James Henderson told The Sun that calling on their friends had been a wise move for the Royal couple.
He told The Sun: ‘Access to very well-known people willing to talk out about issues and their thoughts and experiences will always command interest.’
The couple’s newly-formed Archewell Audio project promises to produce programming that ‘uplifts and entertains audiences
that their inclusion of their 19-month-old son Archie’s voice during the podcast – in which they encouraged him to say Happy New Year – didn’t fit with their continued plea for privacy.
Judi James, a leading TV expert in social behaviour and body language, likened the double act to TV pairings Richard and Judy and Holly and Phil.
She claimed Prince Harry has dropped the Queen’s English accent in favour of a more ‘slurring mid-Estuary’ twang in his new podcast.
The couple called on famous friends including Sir Elton John, Brené Brown, Deepak Chopra, Stacey Abrams and James Corden to review 2020
Judi observed: ‘Describing the podcast as ‘Our tweny-tweny holiday special’, Harry drops the second ‘t’ in ‘twenty’ in a verbal slurring that sounds either American or South London, although the ‘holiday special’ wording probably places it in the US.
‘He says they ‘wanna’ honour rather than ‘want to’ and he pronounces the word ‘look’ more like ‘luck’, both of which would probably sound right in the Queen Vic in EastEnders.
‘Although his ‘meaningful our connections’ appears to have more of a US twang.’