The couple's debut podcast features a starry lineup — and a sweet surprise

By Stephanie Petit
December 29, 2020 10:23 AM
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made their podcast debut on Tuesday — and the celeb-filled lineup also features a special cameo: their 19-month-old son, Archie.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released their first podcast on Spotify, a holiday special with a reflective New Year theme, through the newly launched Archewell Audio.

At the end of the episode, Meghan and Harry allow Archie to take a turn at the microphone.

"You can speak into it," Prince Harry tells Archie.

"Archie, is it fun?" Meghan said, to which Archie responds, "Fun?" Then Meghan repeats, "Fun!"

Archie even gave a special message to listeners — with help from his parents.

"After me. Ready? Happy..." Harry said, to which Archie repeats, "Happy."

Meghan and Harry then said, "New..."

And Archie completes the message: "New Year" — and his parents cheer as Archie giggles.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, holding their son Archie
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Archie
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At the end of the episode, Meghan and Harry signed off with a song "that means so much to us," Prince Harry said.

"Not a toast per se, but a song – which is about shining a light," he said.

" 'This Little Light of Mine'' played at the very end of our wedding . . . while we were walking down the steps of the church," Meghan continued. "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…' "

Prince Harry concluded, "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."

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Meghan, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, kicked off Archewell Audio by asking high-profile friends and change-makers such as Elton John, Tyler Perry, Stacey Abrams, James Corden and more to reflect on 2020.

"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," Prince Harry said.

Meghan continued, "We thought, what if we can bring together some people that inspire us - people that 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."

"Athletes, writers," Harry chimed in.

"Teachers, and artists – people from all walks of life," Meghan said. 

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
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Harry explained that they asked participants to record audio diaries, avoiding the "awkward dance" of a video chat and giving people the chance to reflect by themselves.

"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," Meghan said. "Their responses have given us a lot to think about. And it all came back to one thing: to the power of connection."

Harry encouraged listeners to "grab a cozy beverage" while listening to responses.

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Others featured in the podcast include Christina Adane José Andrés, Brené Brown, Rachel Cargle, Deepak Chopra, Matt Haig, Hussain Manawer, Naomi Osaka and George the Poet.