Prince Harry and Meghan Markle introduced their 19-month-old son Archie on their first Spotify podcast and got him to say his first four words publicly. He wished people a Happy New Year in his American accent and said it was "fun" to speak into a microphone.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex today released their first podcast calling on famous friends like Sir Elton John, Brené Brown, Deepak Chopra, Stacey Abrams and James Corden to reflect on 2020 and their hopes for 2021. & # 39; Love always wins & # 39 ;.
The couple's first 33-minute show under the deal with the streaming giant, valued at an estimated £ 30 million ($ 40 million), is a "vacation special" that starred with the gospel song "This Little Light of Mine." ends, which was played at the end of their wedding at Windsor Castle in May 2018, before Archie is introduced.
Harry and Meghan, who have fiercely defended Archie's privacy since he was born in May 2019 and filed a lawsuit this year to fight for her protection, encourage their son to speak into the microphone and Harry tells him, "You can talk about it. " Meghan also asks, "Archie, is it fun?"
Archie then replies, "Fun." Harry then says, & # 39; After me, ready? Happy. & # 39; Archie says, "Happy." Meghan and Harry then both say "New" and Archie says "New Year" – which makes both parents laugh.
Meghan also quotes Martin Luther King as telling the audience: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do it."
And in an obvious allusion to the stormy 2020 the couple had after quitting as Frontline Royals and moving to Los Angeles via Vancouver, Meghan says, “I will say of us no matter what life throws at you, trust us when we say love wins. & # 39;
However, some social media watchers questioned the couple's decision to feature their son on their multi-million dollar podcast. One said, “I hope others will join me in order to respect these people's wishes and not invade their privacy by listening to him. & # 39;
Another responded to the correct tone of their podcast and interviews, adding, "Someone, please pass the sick bucket."
The Sussexes called on many of their most famous friends to appear on their first Archewell Audio podcast, which they promise will "uplift and entertain audiences around the world." Meghan said she asked people who "inspire" us to appear on the podcast and "share their thoughts on what they learned from 2020".
Sir Elton was a friend of Harry's mother Diana, Princess of Wales, and has been a regular supporter of her son over the years while Corden was a guest at Harry and Meghan's wedding and was asked by the Duke to appear at the couple's evening party.
Other guests include Democratic activist Stacey Abrams, tennis star Naomi Osaka, American filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry, wellness icon Deepak Chopra, and teen food activist Christina Adane from London.
Experts have cited the couple's Spotify bond as another big step in building a $ 1 billion business empire in the US that could lead to documentaries about their favorite projects following a super deal with Netflix.
Harry and Meghan are holding their son Archie when they visited Cape Town in September 2019 before moving to North America
The couple's newly formed Archewell Audio project promises to produce programs that "uplift and entertain" audiences.
Last week, Meghan and Harry released their first Christmas card with Archie since moving to Los Angeles earlier this year
Harry and Meghan began their show paying homage to health care workers and frontline workers for their "victims", remembering those who had experienced "uncertainty and unthinkable loss" during the coronavirus pandemic.
The couple have signed a lucrative contract with Spotify to host and produce podcasts, valued at up to £ 30 million.
The stars accompany Meghan and Harry in their new podcast
- James Corden, Actor and chat show host
- Stacey Abrams, Democratic politician and activist
- Christina Adane, young British food activist
- José Andrés, Celebrity chef
- Brené Brown, Feel-good guru and podcaster
- Rachel Cargleestablished a foundation
- Deepak Chopra, Alternative medicine lawyer
- Matt Haig, Writer
- Sir Elton John, Musician
- Hussain Manawer, Poet and mental health activist
- Naomi Osaka, Tennis player
- Tyler Perry, Actor and writer
- George the poet, Spoken word artist
The working partnership comes a few months after the couple signed a Netflix deal to produce a number of programs and series that are reportedly worth more than £ 100 million.
Harry said to the audience, “We are glad you are here. As we all know, it's been a year. And we really want to honor the compassion and kindness that has helped so many people get through. "
While Meghan added, “And at the same time to honor those who have experienced insecurity and unthinkable loss. Our thoughts were with you, especially during this holiday season. & # 39;
The Duke continued, "And in too many cases people could not be by the side of a loved one or say goodbye as they would have liked," and his wife said, "We would also like to thank the health workers, thank the front service staff, and so many others for their sacrifices. & # 39;
Harry said on the podcast, "As we get down to the end of this year and look to the future … let's hold on to the lessons we've learned about the importance of taking care of one another and the importance of our connections … "even if they are physically impossible. & # 39;
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: "Of us I will say, no matter what life throws at you, trust us when we say love wins."
She added, "That little light of mine played at the very end of our wedding … as we went down the steps of the church."
Quoting Martin Luther King, she continued, “It was the music we wanted to play when we began our lives together. Because as we all know: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can …"
Harry added, 'The message of this song is one that we cherish so much. It's about using the power that everyone has within us to make this world a better place. & # 39;
The Sussexes are following in the Obama's footsteps and Michelle is hosting her own Spotify podcast series
Actor and chat host James Corden (left) and Democratic politician Stacey Abrams (right) can both be seen on the podcast
Activist Christina Adane (left) and chef José Andrés (right) can also be seen on the podcast released today
The American professor and author Brene Brown (left) and Sir Elton John (right) are also involved in the new podcast
American writer and producer Tyler Perry (left) and British spoken word artist George The Poet (right) are also involved
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry signed a lucrative podcast deal with Spotify worth up to £ 30 million two weeks ago as they took another giant leap toward building a $ 1 billion business empire in the United States.
"Hi, I'm Harry – and I'm Meghan": Sussexes are launching Spotify's "Holiday Special" with relaxed language and an homage to "uncertainty and unthinkable loss" in 2020
Harry – Welcome to our 2020 Archewell Audio vacation special. I'm Harry,. & # 39;
Meghan – And I am Meghan. Thank you for joining us. & # 39;
H – & # 39; We are glad you are here. As we all know, it's been a year. And we really want to honor the compassion and kindness that has helped so many people get through. & # 39;
M – & # 39; And at the same time to honor those who have experienced uncertainty and unthinkable loss. Our thoughts were with you, especially during this holiday season. & # 39;
H – "And in too many cases people have not been able to be by the side of a loved one or to say goodbye as they would have liked."
M – "We would also like to thank the health workers, frontline workers and many others for their sacrifices."
H – "Thanks guys."
M – "Thank you."
H – & # 39; As we come and look to the future at the end of this year, let's hold on to the lessons we learned about the importance of taking care of one another and how meaningful our connections are, even if they & # 39; 39; are physically impossible. & # 39;
M – & # 39; We thought what if we could bring together some people who 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 people … activists, poets … & # 39;
H – "athletes, writers …"
M – & # 39; … teachers, artists, people from all walks of life. & # 39;
(Each guest introduces himself)
H – & # 39; We asked them to record audio diaries and send them back to us. We were curious to hear what they would think about when they had a moment to themselves without navigating the sometimes uncomfortable dance of a video chat. That means no one has to keep repeating that you are muted, which is likely one of the defining phrases for 2020.
M – & # 39; (laughs) It's so true. We wanted to know what they will remember this year, how they would explain it to future generations, what they have learned about themselves and what gives them hope. Your answers gave us a lot to think about. And it all came back to one thing – the power of connection. & # 39;
H – & # 39; We'll try not to interrupt too often, but we'll jump in here and there for a few intros. So sit back and grab a leisurely drink if you can. We hope this brings a little warmth, a smile, and something to think about. & # 39;
Elton John – & # 39;My name is Elton John. We were in the middle of a tour and then Covid started. It was very strange because we were walking with full fur and then suddenly came to a standstill.
"We stayed in touch with the phone and with Zoom."
Matt Haig – "My name is Matt Haig and I am a writer."
Meghan: I'll just jump in here because Matt is very humble.
“He is the author of several books, including Best Selling Notes on a Nervous Planet We Love and Reasons to Stay Alive. This second is about his own experiences with major depression. & # 39;
Matt Haig – "I was a little worried, as I often am in winter when the news got through, so it all fueled it. I'm addicted to the news and found myself scrolling and scrolling as I fell into Covid rabbit holes.
“We lost a close family friend, my father's best man, to cancer and we couldn't go to his funeral because it was just an immediate family.
"You never think that you won't be able to go to someone close to you funeral."
Tyler Perry – & # 39; The deepest moment came just before Thanksgiving. We fed 5,000 people in the studio and I got in the car to see the line and I realized 5,000 wasn't enough.
“The need was so great that we had thousands more cars and people as gifts and groceries.
“Seeing people starving and starving and having kids in the cars and people sleeping all night just to get food was heartbreaking on so many levels.
"One optician says 2020 is about vision, eyesight and I think it really opened our eyes to what was going on."
Harry – Someone who has helped a lot of people see things more clearly this year is Brene Brown, who we think is great.
H – She is a researcher, writer, and podcaster. Their work is based on the study of vulnerability, shame and courage. & # 39;
Brene Brown – I've been tackling change every day this year. Really back to basics. Sleep well, exercise well, eat well.
“One of my biggest problems was keeping my children safe while giving them enough freedom not to have serious social and mental health problems.
“My team at work started each meeting with a two-word check-in. Two words that describe how you are feeling in the moment. It only takes five minutes to check where people are. & # 39;
George the Poet – “To deal with all the changes, I was just more proud of the little things this year. I had a deeper appreciation for the fact that we were walking, seeing my loved ones, and it helped me open my eyes to what was ahead of me.
“One of the toughest moments for me this year was when a pregnant loved one was hospitalized with Covid and forced to have an early delivery. Luckily they did it, but that was a scary moment. & # 39;
H – & # 39; While people around the world are grappling with massive changes and uncertainties this year, and frankly touching some very scary things like George there, our collective mental health was rightly at the forefront of people's thoughts. & # 39;
M – & # 39; A lot of our guests touched this and Rachel Cargle was one of them. She is a writer and anti-racism activist, and the founder of the Loveland Foundation, an amazing organization dedicated to providing healing and mental health services to color communities, especially black women and girls. & # 39;
Rachel Cargle – “I learned this year how simple and lonely a spiritual practice can be. One of the deepest moments was in June at the height of the pandemic when my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She continued to heal and far exceeded the final diagnosis, but that moment happened to so many that we all had to struggle through these times. & # 39;
M – & # 39; And of us I will say, no matter what life throws at you, trust us when we say love wins. & # 39;
H – "Love always wins."
M – & # 39; So true. Thank you to all of our guests, and with that we have something we want to share with you too. & # 39;
H – & # 39; Not a toast per say, but a song that is about shining a light and a song that means so much to us. & # 39;
M – & # 39; That little light of mine, played at the end of our wedding … as we walked down the steps of the church. & # 39;
H – (hums the song)
M – & # 39; It was the music we wanted to play when we started our life together because, as we all know, darkness cannot dispel darkness – only light can. & # 39;
H – & # 39; The message of this song is one we hold so dearly. It's about using the power that everyone has within us to make this world a better place. & # 39;
(This little light of mine is being played)
H – "Happy New Year everyone."
M – "Happy New Year."
H – "Stay safe out there."
M – & # 39; Thanks for listening. & # 39;
(This little light of mine goes on)
H – "You can speak into it."
M – & # 39; Archie, is it fun? & # 39;
Archie – "fun."
M – "fun."
H – & # 39; After me, ready? Happy. & # 39;
A lucky one. & # 39;
M – "New."
H – "New."
A new year. & # 39;
H – (laughs)
M – "Yes."
A – (laughs)
The couple will produce and present their own shows as part of the newly founded Archewell Audio – starting with the "Holiday Special".
On December 18, Meghan settled a data protection claim against a photo agency without winning a cent. The Duchess had shared a photo of her in the High Court and her one-year-old son Archie had violated his privacy.
Neither Archie's face nor any other part of his body was visible because he was wrapped up and looking away from the lens. The Los Angeles Splash agency claimed "nothing was wronged" because photography in public parks is legal in Canada.
The case has not been brought to justice as Splash's UK arm is under administration. However, Splash UK administrators have undertaken that if Splash UK leaves administration in the future, it will not take any photos of the Duke and Duchess or their son.
Spotify hasn't revealed what the deal is worth, but the streaming service landed a £ 75m ($ 100m) deal with U.S. comedian Joe Rogan in May. Der Spiegel reported the Sussexes would receive £ 30million – other sources put it closer to £ 20million.
The deal with Sussexes comes just months after the Royals signed a £ 100m partnership with Netflix and days after Meghan invested in a $ 28-a-pack oat milk superlatte business that was later owned by hers LA neighbor Oprah Winfrey was advertised for free.
A & # 39; well placed & # 39; Royal source told Der Spiegel: & # 39; The initial multi-year contract is worth more than £ 30 million to be renewed within six months.
& # 39; Meghan was the driving force behind the deal. She was amazing in meetings with executives and had a clear idea of what they have to offer as a couple. Spotify's entire business plan is to bring the world's most talked about celebrities in one place, and Harry and Meghan are spot on. It's a win-win scenario. & # 39;
Earlier this year, Michelle Obama launched the Michelle Obama Podcast for an undisclosed fee with Spotify and had her husband Barack as one of her first guests.
Archewell Audio released a trailer clip yesterday, along with a brief description that reads, “Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, present Archewell Audio. Coming to Spotify soon. & # 39;
The skillfully produced and heavily scripted Spotify trailer with the Sussexes begins with Harry saying to his wife, "Ladies first," before his Meghan says, "No, you say it first because I think your accent really is sounds good. "
The Duke of Sussex then says "Archewell Audio" and together they say, "Let's do it".
Prince Harry then says, "Hi guys, I am Harry" before Meghan says, "And I am Meghan," with both choosing not to use their titles.
Meghan then says, "One of the things my husband and I always talked about is our passion to meet people and hear their stories. And no matter what story they usually give an understanding of where someone else is from. And somehow remember a story about you.
Harry continues: & # 39; And that's what this story is about. To bring up different perspectives and voices that you may not have heard before. And find our similarities. Because when that happens, change is really possible.
The Duchess of Sussex says the podcasts are about "finding kindness and compassion from what we've seen in many places this year".
She adds, "It will underpin everything you have here at Archewell Audio – so we do it."
Their first show this month will be a "Holiday Special" which will feature "Stories of Hope and Compassion from Inspirational Guests in Celebration of the New Year".
Harry and Meghan both mimick church bells before saying, "We can't wait to share them with you and we'll be out later this month."
Meghan says, “We're talking to some amazing people who will share their memories that made this year. As we know, this was difficult for everyone. "
Addressing the pandemic, Harry says, “So many people have suffered so much pain, loss and great uncertainty this year, but it's worth noting that 2020 has connected us in ways we could never have imagined can. Through endless acts of compassion and kindness.
When you plug in the podcast, Harry says, “So what you need to do now is tap Follow. Go on, go on Tap, follow and that way you won't miss a thing and you can hear new shows on Archewell Audio as they drop.
Meghan finishes the trailer and says, “We're so excited. So, follow and listen only on Spotify for free. See you again here soon. & # 39;
Harry signs off with an American-sounding "Happy Holiday", while Meghan ends with a British "cheer".
The couple said in a statement today, “What we love about podcasting is that it reminds us all to take a moment and really listen, without the distraction, to connect with one another.
"With the challenges of 2020, there has never been a more important time for it because hearing each other and hearing each other's stories remind us of how closely we are all connected."
The Sussexes suspended their royal duties in January this year and have been criticized for using their new independent status to sign multi-million pound contracts while maintaining their official titles.
The Sussexes have signed a £ 100m partnership with Netflix.
That was followed earlier this week by the discovery that Meghan had invested in a new line of oat milk vegan superlattes that sold for £ 21 ($ 28) a pack.
Harry, 36, and former Suits actress Meghan, 39, will also earn up to £ 770,000 (US $ 1 million) for conducting online conversations – subject to an upfront fee and the ability to select presenters.
The Duke spoke at a JP Morgan event in Miami earlier this year, where he received a six-figure sum.
Royal Biography Angela Levin branded Harry "disloyal" for stealing money from Netflix for "ridiculing" his family on popular series "The Crown".
Writer Penny Junor warned that the couple would find it "very difficult" to tie a member of the royal family into commercial activity because "there are bear traps everywhere".
"Inevitably there will always be a market for them depending on who they are," she said. “It's not even because they are Harry and Megan, it's because they are HRHs.
& # 39; That adds a large number of zeros to the end of a deal they do. It's not your fault. It just goes to show how difficult it is to be a member of the royal family but make a living outside of it. & # 39;
Harry and Meghan no longer use their HRH styles, but they are still members of the royal family despite stepping down from their official duties and retaining the titles.
Dawn Ostroff, Spotify's chief content and advertising business officer, said, “While the Duke and Duchess of Sussex live in California, the power of their voices rests on their status as citizens of the world.
"Their use of the extraordinary capacity of podcasts on Spotify while trying to raise underrepresented voices is a testament to their appreciation for the potential of audio storytelling."
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were hugged by the celebrity group after giving up their royal duties in March and signed a multi-million pound contract with Netflix to produce "hope and inspiration" content.
One of her latest projects was a new brand of vegan coffee that Oprah Winfrey promoted to her 19.2 million Instagram followers with a big favor for her friend.
Ms. Markle's coffee investment is the first since she and Harry emigrated to have a private life and seek "financial independence" from the California royal family – but it will likely still "raise eyebrows," experts say.
The record for an Instagram promotional post was $ 500,000 paid to Kim Kardashian in 2015, but Mr Borkowski said Oprah's social media video was at least a million dollar post in free publicity.
Oprah, America's biggest TV star, valued at $ 2.6 billion, referred to the drink as her "new drink of choice" on Instagram. While its maker, California start-up Clevr Blends, claims it brings all kinds of health benefits, is ethical, environmentally friendly, and a brand that is committed to giving a s ** t.
The packaging claims it boosts immunity, brain health and digestion, reduces stress, and improves focus.
Meghan made public appearances for the first time since announcing three weeks ago that she miscarried in July.
In a video message from the gardens of her mansion for CNN, she welcomed the "silent heroes" of the coronavirus pandemic and praised key workers and those who volunteer at food banks. Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, have helped several charities distribute food in Los Angeles.
Forbes said the Duchess plans to invest in more women-run businesses as she "has made gender equality a major contributor to it".
Clevr Blends has a UK CEO, Hannah Mendoza, who started the company with Roger Coppola, the only man on the team.
"Somebody's passing the sick bucket!": Harry and Meghan share their opinion with their new Archewell podcast
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's first Spotify podcast sparked mixed reactions on social media today. The fans called it "inspiring" while others wrote "Pass me the sick bucket".
The podcast features famous friends like Sir Elton John, Brené Brown, Deepak Chopra, Stacey Abrams and James Corden and ends with the giggles of their son Archie wishing the listeners a Happy New Year.
Meghan quotes her idol Martin Luther King as telling the audience: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do it." The couple ended the podcast – the first in a £ 30 million ($ 40 million) series – by saying, "Love always wins."
Some listeners called the show "heartwarming" and praised Archie's performance as "adorable". But others were less positive. One said it was "boring and preaching" while another wrote, "I'd rather see concrete (set)".
Others said it was ironic that the couple decided to include their one-year-old son on the podcast shortly after he moved to the United States to protect their family's privacy.
Twitter user Simon Oakden wrote: "I hope others will respect these people's wishes with me and choose not to invade their privacy by listening to them."
In a statement, Meghan, who failed to disclose the size of her stake, said she is meant to "support a passionate entrepreneur who prioritizes community building alongside her business".
Sie fügte hinzu: "Ich bin stolz darauf, in Hannahs Engagement für die Beschaffung ethischer Zutaten und die Entwicklung eines Produkts zu investieren, das ich persönlich liebe und das einen ganzheitlichen Wellness-Ansatz verfolgt."
Die jüngsten Deals werden den Sussexes bei ihrem Versprechen helfen, "finanziell unabhängig" von der königlichen Familie zu werden – nach ihrer Entscheidung, im Januar dieses Jahres von den königlichen Pflichten an vorderster Front zurückzutreten.
Das Ehepaar hat seitdem ein weitläufiges Herrenhaus mit neun Schlafzimmern und 16 Badezimmern im gehobenen Santa Barbara, bekannt als "The Chateau", für 14,65 Millionen US-Dollar gekauft und ist damit Nachbarn von Prominenten wie Oprah Winfrey.
Es wird angenommen, dass das Paar das weitläufige Grundstück, das sich auf 5,4 Hektar Land befindet, von einem russischen Geschäftsmann mit einer Hypothek in Höhe von 9,5 Millionen US-Dollar gekauft hat, nachdem der Preis um mehr als 10 Millionen US-Dollar gesunken war.
Bei typischen Zinssätzen der Bank of America müsste das Paar 40.000 USD pro Monat oder 480.000 USD pro Jahr zahlen, um die Hypothek über einen Zeitraum von 30 Jahren zurückzuzahlen.
Die jährliche Grundsteuer wird auf 68.000 US-Dollar geschätzt, und die Kosten für Sicherheit und Versorgung des riesigen Herrenhauses werden ebenfalls mit hohen Rechnungen verbunden sein.
Laut der Lebenshaltungskosten-Datenbank Numbeo belaufen sich die Stromrechnungen für ein 900 m² großes Haus in Santa Barbara County in der Regel auf etwa 200 USD pro Monat.
Die Villa von Harry und Meghan ist mehr als zehnmal größer, was auf eine mögliche Rechnung von mindestens 2.000 USD pro Monat oder 24.000 USD pro Jahr hindeutet.
Neben der Vereinbarung, 2,4 Millionen Pfund für vom Steuerzahler finanzierte Renovierungsarbeiten an Frogmore Cottage zurückzuzahlen, wo das Paar lebte, bevor es nach Amerika zog, war das Paar Anfang dieses Jahres vereinbart, die Kosten für ihre Sicherheit persönlich zu bezahlen.
Die Sicherheitsrechnung könnte sie 4 Millionen Pfund pro Jahr kosten. Sie sind auch mit Personalkosten konfrontiert. Christopher Baker, der eine Firma leitet, die Hausangestellte in Kalifornien beliefert, sagte dem Hollywood Reporter im Jahr 2015, dass ein Personal für Prominente auf der A-Liste 200.000 bis 300.000 USD pro Jahr oder sogar mehr kosten kann.
Der Herzog und die Herzogin von Sussex nehmen am 9. März am Commonwealth Day Service in der Westminster Abbey in London teil
Meghan (Bild links) erschien auf CNN, um den "stillen Helden" der Pandemie zu danken, als sich herausstellte, dass sie in eine Hafer-Superlatte-Firma investiert hatte. Meghans 'Nachbarin' Oprah (Bild rechts) bewarb die Marke auf ihrer Instagram-Seite – ein Gefallen, von dem Experten glauben, dass er Millionen von Dollar an kostenloser Werbung wert ist
Es lohnt sich, gute Freunde zu haben: Stars, die im Podcast vorkommen und wie Meghan und Harry sie kennen
Sir Elton John
Sir Elton John
Verknüpfung: Sir Elton war mit Harrys Mutter, Prinzessin Diana, befreundet und er ist seit ihrem Tod 1997 ein enger Freund des Prinzen geblieben
Reinvermögen: £ 360 Mio. ($ 485 Mio.)
Lebt: Windsor, London, Nizza und Los Angeles
Sir Elton, einer der berühmtesten Rockstars Großbritanniens, ist seit Jahren in königlichen Kreisen, von der Aufführung auf der 21. Geburtstagsfeier von Prinz Andrew bis zur Beerdigung von Prinzessin Diana im Jahr 1997.
Der 73-Jährige blieb mit Harry in Kontakt und hat mit ihm an der AIDS-Wohltätigkeitsarbeit gearbeitet, eine Sache, die Diana am Herzen liegt.
2019 trat er beim Empfang zum Mittagessen auf, als Harry Meghan den Bund fürs Leben schloss, und schenkte ihnen sogar die Nutzung seines Privatjets und seines Hauses in Nizza, für das sie heftig kritisiert wurden.
Als Harry und Meghan ihre königlichen Pflichten, nach Amerika zu ziehen, einbüßten, mieteten sie ein Herrenhaus in der Nähe von Sir Elton in einer geschlossenen Wohnanlage in LA.
Nachdem sie in ihre derzeitige Villa in Montecito gezogen waren, wurde berichtet, dass sie sogar Sir Eltons extravaganten Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard um Hilfe bei der Auswahl des Dekors gebeten hatten.
Verknüpfung: Er war Gast bei der Hochzeit von Harry und Meghan und wurde vom Herzog gebeten, bei der Abendfeier des Paares aufzutreten.
Reinvermögen: 22 Mio. GBP (30 Mio. USD)
Lebt: Los Angeles und London
Corden, ein Durchbruchstar mehrerer britischer Komödien, darunter Gavin und Stacey, verließ Großbritannien auf der Suche nach Hollywoods Ruhm im Jahr 2015 und präsentiert nun die Late Late Show für CBS.
In den Nachrichten über die Verlobung von Harry und Meghan nutzte der 42-jährige TV-Lustige seine Show, um subtil um eine Einladung zur Hochzeit zu bitten, und wurde später eingeladen.
It was reported Corden even managed to set up a ‘dance-off’ between Harry, William and their father Charles at the star-studded reception afterwards.
Corden is now one of the most prominent Britons in US showbiz – making him the perfect figure to generate publicity for the podcast on both sides of the Atlantic.
Link: Through his mutual friend, Oprah Winfrey, Perry invited Harry, Meghan, and Archie to stay in his $18 million Californian mansion while they searched for a permanent home.
Net worth: £744m ($1bn)
Lives: Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York
Once-homeless Perry has earned a fortune through writing, developing and starring in dozens of films, TV series and stage plays, including as his most famous 'Madea' character.
In 2011, he was listed by Forbes magazine as the highest-paid man in entertainment.
The couple had been staying in Perry's £15m ($20m) 12-bedroom Los Angeles mansion before moving to their current home in Montecito.
The actor had previously posted images of the house on Instagram, which showed a sunken Grecian-style bath and a huge terrace with stunning views of LA.
Link: Meghan has revealed she spoke to Stacey in August to discuss voter suppression in the US and how it affects people of color.
Net worth: Unknown, but Abrams said she was $200,000 in debt in 2018, owing $54,000 in federal back taxes and holding $174,000 in credit card and student loan debt
Lives: Atlanta, Georgia
Abrams is a key political figure in Georgia who was catapulted on to the national arena in the wake of the contentious 2020 US election.
She served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017 before becoming the country's first African American female nominee for a major party in a gubernatorial race.
She lost the 2018 vote to the Republican Governor Mike Kemp in an election which she accused her opponent of engaging in voter suppression.
Abrams then founded Fair Fight Action to tackle the issue and register more voters from minority backgrounds.
In the 2020 Presidential election, Georgia was a crucial swing state, and many have credited Abrams and Fair Fight Action for turning it blue, along with many other states where she campaigned.
Net worth: N / A
Lives: South London
At the age of 17, Christina has already served as co-chair of a campaign tackling food injustice and launched one of the most successful petitions in recent UK political history.
The teenager from London serves on the youth board of Bite Back 2030 which is fighting for young people to be given equal access to a good diet.
The young trailblazer has also written poems about the Black Lives Matter movement and delivered speeches at global climate summits.
Christina, who received free school meals when she was younger, was at the forefront of Marcus Rashford's campaign to help children be fed during the school holidays this year.
She started the petition which was later championed by the Manchester United footballer which forced the government into two U-turns.
The 17-year-old has made it her mission to ensure that no child in the UK goes hungry.
Link: The royal couple announced earlier this month they had partnered with the chef for their new charitable venture
Net worth: $50million
Lives: Maryland, US
The chef and restaurateur is credited with bringing small plates to US cuisine from his native Spain.
Arriving in the country in 1990 with $50 to his name, he has since gone on to earn three Michelin stars, owning dozens of restaurants.
But he famously pulled out of a restaurant deal at the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC in 2016 after the then Republican presidential candidate made disparaging comments about Mexicans.
The father-of-three has often featured on TV but later turned to more charitable work, starting the non-profit venture World Central Kitchen.
The organization provides free meals in the wake of natural disasters, starting in 2010 after the Haiti earthquake.
It has since helped deliver food to Americans during the Covid pandemic.
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
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.
How Harry and Meghan have emulated Barack and Michelle Obama's post-White House money-making deals
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
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
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
AND WHAT THEY'VE NOT DONE…
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 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.
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.
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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