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Harry and Meghan in first appearance since being stripped of patronages

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Feb 23, 2021

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Harry and Meghan have made their first appearance since being stripped of their royal patronages and announcing they are expecting a second child.

The couple appeared at a virtual Spotify event on Monday to plug their Archewell Audio podcast, named after their son, which is part of a rumoured £30m deal with the music streaming platform.

The video also had appearances from former US president Barack Obama, veteran rock star Bruce Springsteen and pop star Justin Bieber.

It was not immediately clear if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s video was recorded before February 14, when they announced they were to be parents again.

But it caused a stir following a dramatic week for the Royal Family which saw Harry and Meghan confirm they were leaving the firm for good and told they could no longer keep their remaining royal titles.

In the clip released by Spotify, the couple say they are ‘using podcasts to drive powerful conversations that inspire, challenge and educate’.

Former actress Meghan adds: ‘We created Archewell Audio to make sure that we can elevate voices that maybe aren’t being heard, and hear people’s stories.’

Harry then says: ‘And the biggest part of this is trying to create this community of where you can share. We encourage everybody else to then share their own vulnerabilities within that safe space.’

Harry and Meghan’s appearance came after they were stripped of their remaining royal privileges (Picture: Backgrid)
Meghan and Harry have signed a multi year deal with Spotify to host and produce podcasts (Picture: Backgrid)

Harry and Meghan’s production company Archewell Studios signed a multi-year deal in 2020 with Spotify to host and produce podcasts. So far, one episode has aired which saw their son Archie make his broadcast debut.

They have also signed a deal with Netflix rumoured to be worth £150 million.

Buckingham Palace announced on Friday that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could not continue with ‘the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service’ while pursuing commercial interests.

The Queen has stripped them of their royal patronages and Harry of his honorary military roles.

Harry and Meghan say their podcast will ‘elevate voices’ that aren’t being heard (Picture: Backgrid)

As part of the couple’s exit from the royal family, Harry and Meghan had to officially confirm they would ‘never return as working royals’.

The Sussexes had wanted to hold onto their roles and released a statement afterwards saying: ‘We can all live a life of service. Service is universal’.

Royal officials are said to have found the comment ‘disrespectful’ to the Queen, but a friend of Harry’s said it was taken out of context and referred to their charity work.

The couple quit their roles as senior working royals in March 2020 in a quest for personal and financial freedom, and now live in an £11 million house in Montecito in California.

They will also appear in an exclusive interview with Meghan’s close friend, broadcaster Oprah Winfrey, scheduled to air on the US network CBS on 7 March at 8pm EST (1am in the UK).

News of the tell-all interview came after the the pair released a black and white picture of themselves sat under a tree, with Harry gazing at his wife and resting his hand on Meghan’s head as she lay in his lap cradling her bump.

She is thought to be five months pregnant with her second child. The couple’s first son, Archie, is 20 months old.

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